Healthy Asian Glazed Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

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I really love Asian Food.
As I mentioned before, my bro-in-law lived in Thailand for a couple of years and introduced me to some amazing Thai dishes and I have been hooked ever since!
I came across this recipe and knew I wanted to try it . . .
and BONUS! It’s a healthy Weight Watchers recipe!
I didn’t tell my husband that it was actually GOOD FOR HIM, I just served it for dinner and watched for his reaction.
His exact words:
“This chicken is amazing! I could seriously eat this a couple times a week!”
Mission accomplished. 🙂

Serves: 4

Healthy Asian Glazed Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

A delicious way to spice up your dinner - they flavor is amazing and you would never know that these drumsticks are actually quite healthy!

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 8 medium chicken drumsticks, skin removed
  • non-stick cooking spray (I used Pam)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce * (more or less to taste- I used about 1/2 Tbsp and it was perfect for me)
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoon chives or scallions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. In a heavy large skillet pan, brown chicken on high for 3-4 minutes with a little spray oil. Add water, balsamic, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, hot sauce and cook on high until liquid comes to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for about 20 minutes. Remove cover and bring heat to high, allowing sauce to reduce down, about 8-10 minutes, until it becomes a thick glaze, turning chicken occasionally. (Keep an eye on glaze, you don't want it to burn when it start becoming thick).
  3. Transfer chicken to a platter and pour glaze on top. Top with chives/scallions and sesame seeds and serve. We served it with some rice and broccoli . . . it was delicious!


Each drumstick has about 200 calories.

*Sriracha hot sauce is available at most grocery stores and Wal-Mart. It is a Thai chili sauce with amazing flavor. It cost me about $3 for a huge bottle of it and it is totally worth it. The flavor it adds is so yummy.

Recipe Source: Skinny Taste

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31 Responses to “Healthy Asian Glazed Chicken Drumsticks Recipe”

  1. @Anonymous- Funny you should ask that because I was just thinking that same thing this morning! The only thing that would change would be the cooking time- I think that you might need to cook them a little bit longer to make sure they are cooked all the way through. Other than that, I see no problems whatsoever!
  2. Found this off Pinterest and made it tonight. I had pretty much everything for it in my pantry as well. I added a bit of orange zest and juice to it. It was delicious!! My husband was skeptical but went for seconds (and saved the one drumtick left over for lunch tomorrow). Will be added to our meal rotation.
  3. I'd love an answer to Jordan's question (above). When I went shopping (this is the 1st time I'll be making drumsticks), I was the little drumsticks you get if you order chicken wings from a pizza place. At the store, I could only find much bigger ones. The recipe calls for medium-sized ones, so I assume - & really, really hope! - that what I bought is right! My parents are coming on Saturday to celebrate a belated Christmas with our family, so I'll be making pizza & these drumsticks to go with it! I know I can't go wrong with a Six Sisters Recipe; we always love them! Thank you for your help!!
    • You were right! It was absolutely perfect... everyone loved them. We love all your recipes, & I can't tell you how often I recommend your site!!! I also had a problem with the glaze, though... even after I removed the chicken & let the sauce boil on high for quite a while, it never thickened. But it tasted DELICIOUS!!! Thank you!
  4. I made this tonight and read all the comments first, so I thought I would need to let the sauce stay on the heat longer to thicken up, it was on for less than 8 minutes and I burnt it! Haha, next time I'll know better. Otherwise, the Drumsticks were very good.
  5. I made this tonight for my family and it was delicious! I cooked the chicken on the grill then transferred it into the thickening sauce because I made extra chicken. The meal was very tasty with a nice kick to it. I will definitely be making it again! Thanks!
  6. Delicious! My family loves this recipe. And the entire house smells great. I made it twice now, bumped the siracha up to 1.5 tbsp...perfect for us...spicy but not hot. The only thing I would add is that it takes longer for the sauce to thicken than is indicated on the recipe. I removed the chicken when it was cooked, and then kept stirring, with high heat, until it thickened. I serve it with a brown rice combo and roasted veggies. I will be doing this again!

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