Sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks

Sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks

Buffalo Wild Wings, BW3s (why is it called this?), B-Dubs, whatever you know it as, has the formula down just right. Buy a bunch of chicken wings, toss them in every sauce imaginable, make a pretty menu with the sauces listed in order of spiciness along with a photo of the sauce, and sell like hotcakes. I for one LOVE Bdubs. I could eat them in all seasons, on any day, with 80% of the sauces. I'm not as crazy for them as my friend Kapz (who has been known to drive miles to find one and has even eaten there twice in one day), but it's close. My main criteria is that they CANNOT BE BONELESS. Boneless 'wings' are really mushed up pieces of chicken fashioned into an awkward lumpy ball shape. They taste weird boneless and there is something delicious, primal, (and barbaric?) about eating the meat off the bones instead. Oh good I sound insane.

I bought some fresh chicken drumsticks at Whole Foods the other day and was craving B-dubs...so I marinated the drumsticks in a simple sauce, baked them, dipped them in ranch, and called it dinner. Delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Sriracha sauce
  • 3 tbsp wildflower (or any) honey
  • few dashes garlic powder
  • Pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 chicken drumsticks, skins removed
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • ranch dressing

Prep:

Place everything except the green onions and ranch dressing in a ziploc bag and shake well to coat the chicken drumsticks evenly. Marinate for 30 mins-overnight. I did mine for 30 mins because I had to eat dinner. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the drumsticks in a glass baking dish and spoon some of the marinade over them. Cook the remaining sauce from the ziploc bag to kill off chicken germs. Bake the chicken for 20-25 minutes, brushing it with the sauce and turning periodically. Remove from the oven and garnish with green onions. Serve with ranch or your favorite sauce.