• Katherine Arthurs

Sweet Chile + Spicy Sesame Chicken Drumsticks

Sweet, Sticky + Spicy - the best combination! Chicken drumsticks are coated with this amazingly simple + delicious sauce...then garnish with sesame seeds + my favorite nuts - cashews! SOO good.


The sauce comes together quickly, as it reduces + thickens on the stove.


Easy enough to feed a crowd - double or triple the recipe.


The spice level can be adjusted - add more or less, depending on what you prefer.


Don't forget your napkins...these are sticky + messy!


Also - want to grill the drumsticks - YES, add lots of good flavor. Follow the same steps - just grill them until they are cooked through, instead of using the oven.



Sweet Chile + Spicy Sesame Chicken Drumsticks


6-8 Chicken drumsticks

salt + pepper

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced

1/3 cup coconut aminos

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1/3 cup honey

2 tablespoons chile sauce

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon sesame seeds (black or white)

1/2 cup raw or dry roasted unsalted whole cashews


Preheat your oven to 450F. Place the drumsticks on a baking sheet - separate them so they aren't touching each other. Sprinkle with salt + pepper. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes - turning over half way through.


Meanwhile make the sauce. In a small sauce pot, melt the coconut oil with the garlic + ginger over low heat. When it is fragrant, add in the remaining sauce ingredients - coconut aminos, honey, chile sauce, fish sauce + hot sauce. Bring to a simmer + cook for 3-4 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. It helps to remove the sauce mixture from the heat to let cool slightly to determine if the sauce has thickened up.


Remove the chicken drumsticks from the oven + place in a shallow bowl. Drizzle the chicken with the sauce. Using tongs turn the drumsticks over + around the sauce to coat them completely.


Sprinkle with the sesame seeds + cashews.


Enjoy warm!


Tip: If the sauce becomes to thick when you remove it from the heat while the drumsticks continue to cool. Simply heat the sauce up over low heat briefly, while stirring it with a wooden spoon.