Chicken drumsticks stay deliciously moist when grilled--even with the skin removed. Minty sweet-and-sour dipping sauce adds a refreshing twist to “ordinary” grilled chicken. Make it a meal: Serve with brown rice and slices of fresh pineapple.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2007


Recipe Summary

40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium. (No grill? See Broiler Variation, below.)

  • To prepare dipping sauce, combine orange zest, orange juice, water, honey, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and coriander in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Whisk cornstarch and the remaining 1 teaspoon vinegar in a small bowl until smooth. Add to the saucepan and return to a boil, whisking until thickened, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in mint.

  • Sprinkle drumsticks with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the drumsticks until crispy on all sides and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes total. Serve the drumsticks with the dipping sauce on the side.

  • Broiler variation: Position oven rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat broiler to high. Prepare sauce (Step 2). Coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle drumsticks with salt and pepper (Step 3), then broil, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes total.


To oil the grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Don't use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition Facts

254 calories; protein 28.7g 57% DV; carbohydrates 15.7g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 0.5g 2% DV; sugars 13.3g; fat 8.1g 12% DV; saturated fat 2.1g 11% DV; cholesterol 92.9mg 31% DV; vitamin a iu 323.8IU 7% DV; vitamin c 8.9mg 15% DV; folate 21.2mcg 5% DV; calcium 28mg 3% DV; iron 2.1mg 12% DV; magnesium 29.9mg 11% DV; potassium 316.3mg 9% DV; sodium 388.6mg 16% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 10% DV; added sugar 12g.

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Rating: 3 stars
Good roasted with the sauce Maybe I put more coriander than I was supposed to I don't know. The sauce wasn't all that great. What I did was used chicken thighs: two with skin two without then I took one of each and marinade it in the sauce. I wanted to see which way came out the best. The ones that was soaked for a couple of hours were pretty good. So if you can try to marinade your chicken with the sauce. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious sauce My entire family enjoyed this recipe. The sauce was so good my 4-yr-old put it on everything on her plate. Be sure to add the cornstarch SLOWLY - I dumped it in all at once and it clumped. (It was my second cornstarch addition -- after putting in the amount called for it wasn't thick enough for my tastes so was thickening it further.) My husband didn't realize that I had a plan for supper so he put soy sauce on the drumsticks before I realized he had. It didn't have a negative impact anyway and I would probably make it the same way again in future.:) Pros: Delicious sauce easy Read More