It’s no secret, I love chicken. For quick suppers, I pretty consistently rely on chicken, green beans and broccoli. I especially love thighs and drumsticks because I can always find them for a pretty decent price so I buy them up (especially when they are discounted) and I freeze them in packages of 6-8. These sticky, sweet drumsticks have no sugar added, yet they are perfectly balanced. I love that these are sweet and savory, aromatic and fabulously unctuous. These Sticky Balsamic & Rosemary Chicken drumsticks would be great served with roasted potato wedges or rice along with some roasted veg or a salad. Feel free to use thighs or wings, whichever you have on hand.
Sticky Balsamic & Rosemary Chicken
- 6 to 8 Chicken Drumsticks
Balsamic Sticky Sauce-
- 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- 1 Teaspoon Dry Rosemary (Fresh would be better if you have it)
- Salt & Pepper
-Crushed Pink Peppercorns to garnish (optional)
- Place chicken pieces in a 9-10″ skillet over medium heat.
- Toss and turn pieces to evenly brown, but pay attention not to burn them.
- Once the chicken is browned reduce the heat to medium low and cover. (I use a less than perfect fitting lid since none of my cast iron skillets have lids that fit them. This allows for a lot of the moisture to be released.)
- Simmer the chicken until it is mostly cooked, approximately 30 minutes.
- Remove the lid and add the garlic, then the remaining sticky sauce ingredients.
- Increase heat to medium-high and reduce the sauce until it is sticky.
- Stir the sauce with a rubber scraper, make sure to prevent scorching and evenly toss and coat each piece of chicken as you go.
- Serve hot with your favorite sides.
Note: If you are preparing a double or triple recipe you can roast this chicken instead of doing it in a skillet. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees (F) and place the chicken on a broiler tray or oven safe cooling rack and baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, flipping at least once for even browning. Reduce the sauce until thickened in a small sauce pot.
For extra sticky and sweet, or even some heat in your sticky chicken you can feel free to add some maple syrup, honey or sucanat and a pinch of cayenne pepper.