Sticky Grilled Drumsticks with Plum Sauce
PUBLISHED ON: 03.14.2010
This recipe is wonderfully sticky and sweet. The glaze includes fresh plums and red pepper jelly that is cooked down to a syrupy sauce, that is then brushed over the drumsticks while grilling. The recipe calls for drumsticks but, I substituted drumettes as they are easier to handle and make a great finger food. I also roasted the drumsticks in the oven instead of grilling. In my opinion, you can achieve good results from oven roasting too.
Sticky Grilled Drumsticks with Plum Sauce
Recipe from Food and Wine
12 chicken drumsticks
2 tablespoons canola oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 red or purple plums (4 ounces each), pitted and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup hot or sweet red pepper jelly
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup hot water
1. Light a grill. Rub the chicken with the canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook over moderately low heat, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the plums and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened and nearly broken down, about 5 minutes. Add the red pepper jelly and mustard and bring to a boil, stirring until the jelly is melted. Carefully transfer the mixture to a food processor. Add the water and puree until smooth. Season the plum sauce with salt and pepper.
What is red pepper jelly? Is it a paprika jelly? I love sticky grilled chicken like this….they are usually and surely very flavourful.
These look so good! I am always looking for new things to do with chicken.
this dish looks most apetizing!!! oh my god yum!
I want to get up to my elbows in these – mmmmmmmmmm
I seldom cook sticky meat before but this looks so good. Gonna bookmark it 😉
never heard of pepper jelly but it sure looks yummy
You have the best recipes. These look fantastc!I like serving pepper jelly on crackers with cream cheese.
great looking and tasty sounding – now I have something else to make with those jars of pepper jelly I've made
I am a huge wing fanatic so this is my kind of dish. I love the flavors you used here and how juicy they look. YUM.
Laura in Paris
What a gorgeous picture! Miam!
I love plum sauces. I will definitely give this one a try.
Miss Meat and Potatoes
I love things you can bake/roast instead of grill just in case it rains (or there's a monsoon, like there seems to be in NY right now:)This looks SO yummy. Love the sweet with a kick!http://meatandpotatoesfoodie.blogspot.com/
Yum! Sounds amazing with plum sauce!
T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types
Fresh plums??!!! This is just luscious!
Gorgeous. I wish my husband liked fruity sweet glazes more! I'd have to eat these all by myself.
How lucky for you to be able to find plums at this time of year! I'll be revisiting this recipe for sure in a month or two when we finally have some up in these parts. 😉
I GUANA Live in the Virgin Islands!
Kick butt … I am working on a sweet and spicy chicken wing sauce as we speak (in the oven for 35 more minutes…No mustard in mine, wonder if that will make a difference… I have enough wings to make three batches… we will see!Thanks for the tips and inspiration
It must be time to light up the BBQ! Yeahhhhhh!
p.s. I come here often to be inspired by your present and older recipes. Once or twice a week, I follow your recipes faithfully. Thank you.
I bet the homemade plum sauce really is wonderful. You sold me on this recipe when you said the wings were sticky. I love that:D
OMG!!! This is excellent but I have a question Velva…where do you get the red pepper jelly? Can that be purchased in a regular supermarket or would I have to go to a specialty store?
Oh my. If I had a big plate of these and no one around to see, I would really go to town! Delicious1Hope you are enjoying your sunday!
The sticky-sweetness of these drumsticks sounds amazing! They would definitely be a huge success in my house!
I love it but you knew I would, didn't you?
Love sticky and sweet chicken, Velva. Pass the napkins and then the chicken!
They do look good! And I am so hungry..
3 hungry tummies
I can't tell you how good they look! That colour of the plum sauce is just amazing and I am trying to imagine the flavour!
Your drumettes look absolutely delicious. I would love to sit out on the patio with a few of these and one of your lovely cocktails. I would just need a few napkins 🙂
These look good enough to make me want to shovel a path to my grill!
Oh wow these look amazing – ugh my grill is in the garage and I am inspired to go get it out of there already! 🙂
Simply scrumptious. Love plum jelly and the idea of pairing it with red pepper jelly is inspired.
Velva, I'm starting to get the idea that you are a chicken wing lovin kind of girl. Can I come to your place for the next big sporting event?
Oh my, I just ate, and looking at these has me all hungry again! Looks just delicious!
Sophie Sportende Foodie
Hello Velva!Brussels calling!! What a superb looking chicken dish!! So apart too,…
Plum sauce – this looks and sounds great Velva!
This looks like the perfect Man-Food to serve during March Madness! Love it!
I've never seen red pepper jelly before but it sounds fantastic. I love the sweet/spicy combo on these. Those must have been quite delicious.
this is gorgeous! a fingerlicking, yet elegant dish!
Fresh plums, pepper jelly, and Dijon mustard sound like the beginning of a delicious sauce! I can't wait to make this recipe.
Looks delicious! I'm always impressed when people make their own sauce. They always tell it's easy, but I don't believe them… I always think they're just being modest.and RE the comment you made on my blog: make sure your bike has a basket when you take your bike tour… that way you won't have to carry your bread and wine under your arm 🙂
This chicken looks absolutely fantastic and mouthwatering and the sauce is divine! My son and his friends could polish off a few dozen of these, easy.
Yum! Delicious sauce and plums will be in season soon. Mimi
Lucia from Madison
Looks wonderful. I have passed on an award to you!http://sowhatareyoumakingfordinner.blogspot.com/2010/03/skirt-steak-pepppers-and-onion-sub-and.html
Foodie with Little Thyme!
These look great! I cook my drumsticks in the oven, when my husband is not home to man the grill, thanks to you for sharing that tip a few months ago!Love it!
These sound amazing!! Perfect party food!! Perfect anytime. Luuuuvre this recipe!!
Don't invite me..I'd stab your guests with a fork if they tried to take them away from me!
The sauce sounds amazing. What can I use instead of sweet red pepper jelly? At the moment don't have an idea what kind of product comes near here in Germany.Greetings.
great recipe..we love plum saucesweetlife
Oh man, those look wicked good! I love plum sauce.
yum! and different! i'm always looking for good chicken recipes that can be grilled or oven roasted since we can't grill where we are right now – thank you!
Num num Velva… plum sauce is one of those things I always forget about… but darn those drumsticks look amazing!
VelvaI could devour these drumsticks!
Amazing dish.Deliciousssssssssssssssss x
i love dishes that result in me licking my fingers, and i defintely would do that here–i love plum sauce!
Jessica - The Novice Chef
These look fabulous Velva!