Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks

Grilled Honey-Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks


This grilled chicken drumstick recipe has just the right balance of sweet honey and tart balsamic flavors. Marinate the night before for a quick and easy meal.


  • 10-12 Organic Air-Chilled Chicken Drumsticks, or 12-15 Green Circle Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • Sesame seeds, to garnish (optional)
  • Flat leaf parsley, chopped, to garnish (optional)


  1. In a non-reactive dish large enough to fit all of the chicken drumsticks, whisk together vinegar, honey, soy sauce, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Remove about 4 tablespoons of the marinade and reserve in a separate small container, covered in the refrigerator. Add the chicken to the large container, turning to coat evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, up to overnight. Turn the chicken a few times during the marinating process.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat a grill to medium. Remove the chicken from the marinade, letting the excess drip off. Discard marinade. Grill until chicken is just cooked through, turning often to avoid over-charring. Toward the end of cooking, brush drumsticks with reserved “clean” marinade, creating a glaze. When done, the thickest part of the drumstick should register 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove to a platter to rest. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped parsley.