+ Sticky Drumsticks Recipe (with a simple Tahini yoghurt dipping sauce)

Sticky Drumsticks (with a simple Tahini yoghurt dipping sauce)

Today, I have for you, a delicious sticky drumsticks recipe – perfect for picnics, a meal, and leftovers are great for school lunches too. They’re budget friendly (even organic drumsticks are quite affordable), super quick to make and something I’m sure the whole family will love.

Why are they healthy?
Most stores bought marinades are a combination of unhealthy ingredients such as sugar, vegetable oils, additives, and preservatives. This homemade marinade demonstrates that healthy doesn’t necessarily mean hours in the kitchen. The marinade is gluten, dairy and has a fructose-free option.

Makes about 12 drumsticks

1 large clove garlic, crushed
60ml (¼ cup) tamari (a wheat-free, natural soy sauce available at the supermarket or health food store)
85g (¼ cup) honey or rice malt syrup (which is fructose-free)
Zest and juice one lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃.
  2. In a small bowl or jug mix all the marinade ingredients together.
  3. Place the drumsticks in a small roasting dish in a single layer.
  4. Pour the marinade over the top to coat the chicken evenly and place in  the oven for about 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

BBQ tip
If you wanted to BBQ these you could. Just score the meat of each of the drumsticks three times, to allow the marinated to penetrate and to help them to cook through without burning.

Serve and store
Serve with a napkin! Enjoy hot or cold with the tahini yogurt dipping sauce (recipe below). Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Simple tahini yoghurt dipping sauce
This is a fast and simple accompaniment to the chicken drumsticks.

In a small bowl combine:
1 cup natural or unsweetened Greek yogurt (substitute coconut yoghurt for dairy-free)
2 tablespoons tahini
A good pinch sea salt
½ teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix until well combined and serve with the drumsticks.

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  • kelly seach

    Thank you. Made with coconut aminos in place of tamari as we are soy free, yummy as usual 🙂

    • Thanks Kelly, great alternative for soy free, thanks for sharing, G x

  • kate @ livinglovinglaughing

    Just made this for dinner tonight – as the kids gobbled it down, hubby declared ‘this is world class food, and the dip just makes it!!’ – so – another success thanks 🙂

    • Yippee, love happy family feedback! Yes the sauce is so simple to make and just adds a bit more interest (and goodness). G x

  • Anna

    Hello, I have been loving exploring this site, I have never cooked meat before but am starting to try and make it for my kids and family, I made these chicken drumseticks the other night and I have a question (which will seem basic to meat eaters I think), but do I wash the chicken first? I did wash it and then whilst cooking there was a lot of liquid, thanks for any advice, Anna 🙂

    • Hi Anna, I was a vegetarian for nearly 20 years so no, not a strange question at all. I don’t wash my chicken, I actually touch it as little as possible – I think a hang-up from my vego days. As long as they are in a single layer, and cooked quickly, their shouldn’t be a lot of liquid. Hope this helps? Glad you are enjoying browsing my site,G x

  • Renee

    Hi Georgia, Any good food ideas or websites i can use for a 7 month old baby just starting to eat solids? Another thing, as I’m on maternity leave money is so tight, I try my best to buy organic but sometimes the budget can’t stretch that far sometimes. I would like to know am I wasting my time buying non organic products or are they still ok to buy? Now that I have a baby starting to eating solids I feel terrible I can’t always give him organic. I hope you understand what I mean lol. Thanks for reading 🙂 Renee ps: I just love your website!!

    • Hi Renee. My advise is to keep it very simple introducing solids. One food at a time every 3-5 days to make sure there are no intolerance’s. I understand budget restrictions with a new bub (I have been there myself). In the very early days when I was introducing one food at a time, I would buy very small quantities of organic just for my daughter and steam purees and pieces for her. Otherwise try your local farmers market and ensure it is local and always seasonal for the most nutritious produce. I have written about feeding babies here http://wellnourished.com.au/the-well-nourished-baby-and-toddler/ (lots of different posts). Hope this has helped – do the very best you can (but please don’t stress)! G x

  • Shea

    Well Nourished is my ‘go to’ recipe bible – Georgia you are teaching and inspiring me to cook!!!!
    Your Banana Bread (from Rise & Shine) is a crowd pleaser every time, shake&go pancakes are a regular breaky and this week sticky drumsticks.
    I was chuffed with my first attempt (and the family’s reaction) with the drumsticks. I went grocery shopping especially for the ingredients, prepared, cooked, served it up, had a variety of fresh salad ingredients, watched hungry mouths demolish the lot, smiled to myself at how great a job I was doing providing nourishing food for my family, cleaned up – then I realised I forgot the dipping sauce!! CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW CROSS I WAS… Hahaha 🙂
    Better luck next week (they have already been requested).

    Thank you so much for sharing your passion with us all!! Ox

    • Thanks for your lovely message Shea. So glad you are cooking from my ebook and the drummies were a hit to. I have been known to ‘forget the sauce’ before too, totally understand how annoying it is. Always next time, G x

  • Naeidra Deery

    Hi Georgia, we all love these but each time I’ve cooked them I don’t get brown or crispy skin on the drumsticks. Any suggestions? Thanks x

    • Hi Naeidra, yes you can do one of two things. Either quickly pan fry them first and then finish them in the oven, or, for the last few minutes of cooking you can turn your oven to grill (or overhead heating) to crisp (just watch they don’t burn). G x

      • Naeidra Deery

        Great thanks Georgia x

  • Danika Maxwell

    Just gorgeous! I made them with chicken lovely legs instead, topped with toasted sesame seeds and stirfried bok choy. The yoghurt sauce is delish but so it the chicken marinade! It’s impossible to pick what to dip the chicken into! These will be part of the regular menu. Thanks so much 🙂

  • Kirstin

    Hi. Just made the drumsticks. Do they need to cool before going in fridge? Second time making where we ate straight away. They are fantastic!

    • Sorry, probably too late, but for future reference, cool and refrigerate. G x

  • Tamra Marment

    Hi Georgie. I just made this dish from your Lunch Box E Book. There were so easy to make, quick and delicious. Added benefit is the economical cost. Even organic drumsticks are only about $5/kg. Will definitely add this to the dinner menu.

    • Yes – they are such a great meal/lunchbox inclusion. Tick all the boxes! G x

  • Gemma

    This recipe is a regular favourite in our home. Quick, simple and yummy. Have to do double the recipe as my boys can’t get enough! Thanks Georgia.

  • Fabulous Gemma, thrilled you all enjoy them Gx

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