Football Eats: Drumsticks with with Chipotle Glaze

Whether you need a snack while watching the big game or you need a quick weeknight meal, these Drumsticks with with Chipotle Glaze fill the bill.
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My kids have amazing timing. They always seem to get sick at the worst possible time. Of course, I can’t think of a good time to get sick, in all honesty, but there is definitely a bad time to get sick: on Mother’s Day, Christmas Eve, your first birthday party, in the middle of a camping trip, during a 2-week family road trip, on a ski trip… I could on and on.

After sinus infections, chronic coughs, bronchitis and colds for most of January, I thought we were in the clear. I had a week off. The professor puked in his bed (on his beautiful Pottery Barn comforter) in the middle of the night over the weekend.

Sigh. The twin comforter is nice and fluffy and won’t fit in my washing machine. So, off to the dry cleaners I go.

The Professor managed to get Middle-Child sick with this stomach bug. He too, got sick in the middle of the night. Luckily, his matching comforter was spared.

So this week has been spent (for me) holding hands, washing hands, passing the bowl over, cleaning the bowl, washing sheets and being Mommy to my two young men. But, as timing would have it, I had to cancel a dinner for some friends this weekend because, really, would you risk getting sick for a Persian dinner?

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I know the Princess will get this bug shortly. It’s fate. She sucks her thumb and she’s going to touch something I forgot to wash and pop the infested thumb into her mouth. I hope she has better timing than her brothers.

And on this disgusting subject, with the Superbowl around the corner, I have no idea if anyone will invite us to their house to watch the big game. I’m sure no one will want to come here.

I found this recipe in my archives, waiting to be published. I made these Drumsticks with Chipotle Glaze last summer. The hubby is not into spicy food, but I like a little kick in my meal. Not only were these the easiest things to make, they were so flavor-packed you’d expect cartoon balloons popping up saying:


Yeah, they are THAT good. You could totally use this glaze for wings, too, so go at it.

Chicken Drumsticks with Chipotle Glaze

Smokey chipotle chiles in adobo sauce give these legs a kick! Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, June 2010


  • 1 1/2 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 TBS soy sauce, low-sodium
  • 2 TBS honey
  • 2 TBS chipotle chile in adobo sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Wash and pat dry:
    • 1 1/2 lb chicken drumsticks
  3. In a large bowl whisk together:
    • 1/4 cup lime juice
    • 3 TBS soy sauce , low-sodium
    • 2 TBS honey
    • 2 TBS chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  4. Add chicken to sauce and toss to coat.
  5. Let chicken marinate for 10 minutes at room temperature.
  6. Arrange the chicken on a roasting pan coated with cooking spray, reserving marinade.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Place reserved marinade in a blender, and process until smooth.
  9. Place puréed marinade in a small saucepan.
  10. Bring to a boil, and cook 3 minutes.
  11. Brush chicken with half of cooked sauce.
  12. Return chicken to oven and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  13. Brush chicken with remaining sauce.
  14. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the drumstick registers 165°F.
  15. Transfer to a platter and serve.


Serving Suggestions: Great for dinner or use chicken wings and drumettes and serve as an appetizer.


Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, June 2010

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Yield: Serves 4

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Stay healthy and stay warm, everyone. The little-ones are definitely out there catching every possible bug and germ they can. I think I need to invest in a Hazmat suit….


6 Responses to Football Eats: Drumsticks with with Chipotle Glaze

  1. Merut at #

    Yippee! Thanks for sharing this. I have a boatload of drums that I need to use up on Sunday. Chipotle Glaze here I come!

  2. These look amazing. Beautiful color.

  3. 5 Star Foodie at #

    The chipotle glaze sounds excellent! And avocado sounds like a great accompaniment here. Hope everyone at your house feels better soon!

  4. mimi at #

    I’m sorry your family is sick but I lost my appetite for this recipe after reading the first paragraph of this post. Maybe you shouldn’t talk about bodily functions in a recipe blog. 😉

    • ha ha! You are right. This is an old post and I quite forgotten it. I’ll rewrite it to make it more appetizing! 🙂

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