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Apple Honey Chicken Drumsticks on white plate

This delicious meal makes for a flavorful, high protein dinner! This recipe marinates chicken drumsticks in a sweet and salty combination that your taste buds will love. Using 100% apple juice boosts the nutrition; did you know that ½ cup of 100% fruit juice counts as a full serving of juice? Just a small amount of juice can supply many of the vitamins and minerals found in whole fruits. Serve these drumsticks with brown rice and a green vegetable for a complete and nutritious meal!

12 Servings
Preparation time
30 minutes
Cooking time
45 minutes
Total time
1 hour, 15 minutes
12 skin-on chicken drumsticks
2 C 100% apple juice
1/2 C apple cider vinegar
1 C low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp honey
zest of 1 lemon
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (Adjust for taste/spice, as needed)
2 tsp sesame seeds
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 450o F. Put the drumsticks on a baking sheet and season both sides with salt and pepper. Bake for 25-30 minutes; flip the drumsticks and continue baking until golden and crisp, about 20-30 more minutes. Drumsticks are fully cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165o F or when the juices run clear.

2. Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a large skillet, combine the apple juice, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a simmer. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce is syrupy and coats the back of a spoon, about 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside until the chicken is done.

3. If using the sesame seeds, stir them into the sauce and warm over medium-low heat until the chicken is done. Transfer the chicken to a large bowl. Add the sauce to the bowl and toss to coat. Transfer the chicken to a platter and drizzle with any remaining sauce from the bowl.


Per Serving: Calories 183, Carbohydrates 7 g, Protein 26 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Sodium 290 mg, Fiber 1 g, Sugars 5 g.