10 Minute hands on prep tender marinated (skin on or off) sweet heat chicken smothered in sticky honey jalapeno pineapple sauce that will leave you dreaming of the Islands – or just this chicken.
I apologize profusely that I have not posted any drumstick recipes on Carlsbad Cravings yet – or until today. I have NO idea why! Well, I kind of know why. I buy huge bags of chicken breasts at Costco – they are lean, affordable and so versatile – they are my default. But when you want to feature a sauce without breading chicken or making a stir fry and still want the chicken to taste Ah-mazing – I am learning that drumsticks or chicken thighs are the way to go (like in my Sticky Thai Orange Peanut Chicken). They are so tender, and juicy and just so magical.
I actually got the idea for this Island sauce that demanded the use of drumsticks while I was in the tropics myself – reading cookbooks. Some people read People Magazine, some people read the latest bestsellers, I read cookbooks. I was going through an old family recipe book when a recipe for ribs with jalapeno jelly and steak sauce caught my eye. I had never even heard of jalapeno jelly but when I actually looked for it, it was right with all the other jams just begging for its potential to be realized.
I think its fulfilled its potential. And then some.
The heat from the jalapeno jelly is balanced by sweet honey and brown sugar, swirled with pineapple juice, soy, ginger, garlic and a little island spices flair of cinnamon and all spice. Lip smacking, finger licking, bowl licking good.
The chicken sauce doubles as the marinade (you separate the marinade/sauce when you make it), making this a super easy meal to prepare. When you are ready to bake your chicken, simply rinse and pat your drumsticks dry (the more dry the crispier the skin), then pierce each drumstick with a fork a few times (also for crispy skin), spray with nonstick cooking spray and bake. When the chicken is done, you can either leave the skin on or it is super easy to slip off once baked. Simmer your reserved sauce, pour over the chicken and its tantalizing Sticky Honey Jalapeno Island Chicken Time.
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