Brown sugar barbecue chicken drumsticks

BBQ Brown Sugar Baked Chicken
Created a simple and tangy barbecue chicken recipe with ingredients I had around the house. Try it out and let me know your thoughts!

BBQ Brown Sugar Baked Chicken

Secret Ingredient= Cornflakes

I like using crushed up cornflakes (or panko) instead of regular breadcrumbs in chicken recipes. It gives it a really nice crunch and I think it adds to the overall flavor.

BBQ Brown Sugar Baked Chicken

Brown Sugar Barbecue Chicken Drumsticks


  • 6 chicken drumsticks ( fusi di pollo )
  • 1 cup cornflakes
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar


  1. De-skin chicken drumsticks* and soak in warm salt water bath.
  2. Crunch up the cornflakes and set aside in a large bowl.
  3. Heat on low in a medium saucepan the ketchup, mirin, sugar and both vinegars. Stir frequently. Once the mixture is smooth, turn off heat. Set aside 1/4 cup of sauce.
  4. Preheat oven to 190°C (350°F) and line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  5. Rinse the chicken and place in a large bowl. Toss the drumsticks with half the barbecue sauce mixture and dip each one into the cornflake crumbs; coat all sides.
  6. Place on baking sheet and drizzle the remaining sauce over each drumstick.
  7. Bake chicken until opaque throughout, 40-45 minutes, rotating sheets.


* Tip from my aunt: easy way to skin these slippery drumsticks is to take a paper towel and use it to pull off the skin. It will make your job a lot easier, try it!

3 thoughts on “Brown sugar barbecue chicken drumsticks

  1. How long do you let the chicken soak for in the salt bath? How much salt should go in the salt bath? This looks delicious, can’t wait to make these.

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