Apricot Glazed Chicken Drumsticks or Drumettes

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 3
    lbs chicken drumsticks (you can use less than 3 pounds)
  • salt and pepper
  • vegetable oil
  • 1
    onion, sliced (optional)
  • 1
    green bell pepper, seeded and sliced (optional)
  • SAUCE
  • 14
    cup butter
  • 1
    medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2
    tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 12
    teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes (optional or to taste, add in for extra heat) or 1/8-1/4 teaspoon red pepper powder (optional or to taste, add in for extra heat)
  • 13
    cup teriyaki sauce (can use soy sauce in place of teriyaki sauce)
  • 14
    cup brown sugar, packed
  • 14
  • 14
    cup honey
  • 1 13
    cups ketchup
  • 1
    (12 ounce) jar apricot preserves
  • 2
    tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3
    tablespoons cold water
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DIRECTIONS

  • Set oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the sliced green pepper and sliced onion in the baking dish, if using.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper on all sides.
  • In a skillet, brown the chicken in hot oil until very well browned on all sides.
  • Place the chicken in the prepared baking dish on top of the onions and pepper slices.
  • In a saucepan melt butter and saute the onion and garlic with chili pepper (beware! use only 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon chili powder it is VERY hot!) or chili flakes for about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in all the remaining ingredients (except the cornstarch and water) bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20.
  • In a small cup whisk together the cold water with cornstarch, add to the simmering sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes until thickened.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken, with tongs turn the chicken pieces to coat with the sauce.
  • Bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until the chicken legs are cooked.
  • NOTE* for wings (do not brown wings firstly)use about 3-1/2 pounds.
  • Prepare the sauce as directed.
  • Place the wings in a shallow baking sheet (omitting onion and green pepper) then pour the prepared sauce over wings, and turn to coat.
  • Bake 400 degrees for about 35 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the wings are cooked.
  • Delicious!
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