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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Drummies Recipe
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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Drummies Recipe

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We were on a camping trip, and a young bachelor brought these chicken legs for dinner. They were fabulous! I was so impressed, I asked him for the recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 20 chicken drumsticks (about 5 pounds)


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder and cayenne. Add drumsticks, a few at a time; seal bag and shake to coat.
  2. Place chicken in two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. (A small amount of meat juices will form in the pan.)
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until chicken juices run clear and a thermometer reads 170°-175°. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Sweet & Spicy Chicken Drummies in Country February/March 2009, p51

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Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"This is my family's favorite chicken recipe. We have it at least 3 times a month. I always use a large package of thighs and cut the spice ingredients in half."

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

"This is an amazingly easy and wonderful recipe!! Everyone always loves them and asks for the recipe!!"

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2013

"Love, love, love this recipe. Very tastety & easy to make. Defenitely a keeper."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2013

"Love, love, love this recipe. I'm always looking for new recipes with drumsticks. This was easy and very tastety!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"Really great recipe. The mixture of sweet and spicy is a nice change and its ease to make just adds to the appeal of the recipe"

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