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Honey Lime Marinated Drumsticks

Honey Lime Marinated Drumsticks | Fire up the grill for delicious chicken drumsticks. These sticky bites get flavor from a sweet citrus marinade that doubles as a grilling glaze for the final minutes of cooking. As a bonus, the homemade marinade recipe is low on sodium. Serve with more favorite finger foods and appetizers or add to a barbecue spread with other meats and side dishes. The perfect chicken recipe for game day eating, outdoor dining, or appetizers for dinner!


Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Marinate Time: 24 minutes
Inactive Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours, 39 minutes

⅔ cup Kikkoman® Less Sodium Soy Sauce
⅓ cup fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced chives or green onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoon chili powder
3 pounds chicken drumsticks
½ teaspoon cornstarch
¼ cup water


  1. For the marinade, whisk together soy sauce, lime juice, honey, olive oil, chives, garlic, and chili powder in a small bowl until honey is thoroughly mixed in. Reserve half a cup of marinade.
  2. Pour remaining marinade over drumsticks in a shallow dish. Cover, refrigerate and marinate for 2-4 hours.
  3. For the glaze, whisk together cornstarch and water. Pour into a saucepan and whisk in reserved marinade. Heat over medium-low heat until simmering. Reduce heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and cool at room temperature while chicken marinates.
  4. Heat outdoor grill to 400°F. Remove chicken drumsticks from marinade and place on hot grill. (Discard marinade.) Grill drumsticks for 16-20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Brush drumsticks with a few tablespoons of glaze during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Serve hot drizzle with remaining glaze.


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