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Sticky barbecue drumsticks recipe

Sticky barbecue drumsticks recipe

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Get ready for a finger-licking treat, with these sticky, soy glazed chicken pieces. Cooked to perfection on the barbecue, they are served with a creamy blue cheese slaw that cuts through the richness of the marinade perfectly. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 40 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook, plus marinating
  • 502 calories / serving
  • Gluten-free


  • 1 x 750g pack Willow Farms chicken drumsticks

For the marinade

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1-2 tsp sundried tomato paste
  • pinch dried chilli flakes

For the blue cheese slaw

  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise or crème fraîche
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp mild honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 small red or white cabbage (or mixure of each), shredded
  • 2 celery sticks, shredded
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 75g gorgonzola or similar mild blue cheese
  • small handful fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    34g 49%
  • Saturates

    11g 56%
  • Sugars

    5g 6%
  • Salt

    2g 33%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 16.6g Protein 32.2g Fibre 6.2g


  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  2. To make the slaw, combine the mayo or crème fraîche, mustard, honey and lemon juice in a jug; season well. Put the shredded veg in a large bowl. Pour over the dressing and toss to combine.
  3. Crumble over the blue cheese, then scatter over the parsley. Give everything a good stir, then cover and chill for up to 5 hours.
  4. Cook the chicken on a preheated barbecue for 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until charred and sticky but cooked through with no pink meat remaining. Alternatively, spread out on a baking tray and cook in a preheated oven at gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C for 45 minutes, turning halfway, or until cooked through with no pink remaining.
  5. Serve with the blue cheese slaw.

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As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.

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