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Teriyaki Chicken

These drumsticks get their great flavor and golden color from the tasty, easy-to-prepare marinade. During hurried work weeks, it's convenient to marinate the chicken overnight and then bake it the next day.—Jean Clark, Albion, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sherry, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 chicken drumsticks


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the soy sauce, oil, brown sugar, sherry if desired, ginger and garlic powder;add drumsticks. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate 4 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
  • Drain and discard marinade. Place chicken in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 35-45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 180° and juices run clear.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts: 2 drumsticks equals 483 calories, 23 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 202 mg cholesterol, 1,098 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 62 g protein.
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  • s_pants
    May 14, 2013

    I used Madeira for the sherry and let it marinate overnight. I thought it had lots of flavor and a simple recipe that I can refer back to often.

  • KL70
    Sep 22, 2012

    I really liked this recipe. Looks beautiful and tastes great. I did leg quarters so I cooked them for an hour. I also did them on a coated broiler pan. The skin was crisp.

  • KL70
    Sep 22, 2012

    <p>I really liked this recipe. Looks beautiful and tastes great. I did leg quarters so I cooked them for an hour. I also did them on a coated broiler pan. The skin was crisp.</p>

  • redfaery77
    Mar 20, 2012

    My kids liked the recipe, but I thought it was too salty tasting. I took it to my work and the guys in the shop ate it up. I just didn't like it and partly because I had to cook it a long time past the time mentioned and still had red wet blood inside and I was afraid of getting sick.

  • proud_mamma_050810
    Jan 26, 2011

    this recipe is definitely one of our favorites...i even had this recipe made for my wedding dinner. we just love how the flavor goes through all the chicken. i have never actually used drumsticks, we always use boneless skinless chicken breasts and i would recommend to everyone to marinate this over night that way you get the best flavor

  • letseat2
    Jan 11, 2011

    my family LOVES this recipe. But we've never tried it on drumsticks. I always cut chicken breast into chunks then marinade and slide onto skewers for a fun way for my kids to enjoy!

  • queenzookie
    Sep 14, 2010

    This really did look just like the photo. As one reviewer mentioned, it was a little "slimy" but not enough to bother me. The flavor was pretty one-dimensional, though; it just tasted like chicken marinated in soy sauce.

  • kebmod54
    Feb 12, 2010

    Without a doubt, this is the best recipe for teriyaki chicken legs. I have made this many times, the flavor always came through and the skin was never slimy. I made a batch of 48 for a neighbor gathering and it was a huge hit! Everyone loved them!!

  • kebmod54
    Nov 6, 2009

    Have made this more than once and enjoyed it more each time. Would recommend you try it for yourself and be prepared for a great meal.

  • cherrylady
    Jun 6, 2009

    I only refrigerated for 2 hours. There was little to no teriyaki flavor in the chicken itself. Perhaps the flavor all seeped into the skin -- but the skin was too slimy to eat. We did not enjoy this recipe at all.