Balsamic Drumsticks

This sticky and slightly sweet balsamic sauce is one of the simplest recipes you’ll find. Four ingredients. Five minutes’ total effort. It doesn’t get much easier than that—especially for meat this finger-licking delicious. Bonus: It’s Primal+keto—and family-friendly. Serve it up at your next family dinner or hosted gathering.

Note: We love this sauce on drumsticks, but it’s also perfect for bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. Serve with your favorite salad or vegetable.

Servings: 3

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes



Preheat your oven to 400 ºFahrenheit. Combine the marinade ingredients together. Pour 1/3 of the marinade into a bowl and toss drumsticks in the marinade. Lay the drumsticks on a parchment-covered sheet pan and brush with any residual marinade from the bowl. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Bake the drumsticks for 20 minutes. During this time, simmer the remaining marinade over medium-low heat until the sauce begins to bubble. Stir frequently until the sauce has thickened to the consistency of runny honey and set aside. After 20 minutes in the oven, remove the drumsticks and brush half of the thickened marinade on top of them. Bake for another 10 minutes. Brush remaining marinade on top and place the drumsticks back in the oven until they reach an internal temperature of 165-170 degrees. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before eating.

Nutrition Information (per drumstick):

  • Calories: 307
  • Total Carbs: 5 grams
  • Net Carbs: 5 grams
  • Fat: 21 grams
  • Protein: 26 grams

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    1. I would love that variation as I make most all of our condiments too.

  1. Simple and absolutely delicious. Served alongside chopped fresh veggies from the garden slathered in Primal Kitchen Thousand Island Dressing. Too easy!!

  2. What do you have available for shipment to Canada? Or do you have a source I can buy from here? Really would like to try your products but haven’t been able to get them here in Ontario.

    Thank you for all the info you provide on your site and in your books. I recommend you to all who ask about my success with Keto/Paleo this past year. I am 65 years young and have lost 100 lbs with little effort and feel great. Have also gotten rid of my psoriasis and Type II Diabetes amongst other things. Feel 20 years younger than last year at this time. Love my new lifestyle and diet.

    All the best and thank you.

  3. How are you guys getting the marinade to congeal? I cannot get it to thicken, and even when bubbling, the balsamic/garlic/aminos is separated from the oil. Then…it finally burns; but the oil is still separate. Any thoughts on what I’m doing wrong here?

    1. Hi Monica, have you tried reducing the sauce at a lower temperature? While I personally did not run into the same issue you did, reducing at a lower temp and whisking frequently may help. Another idea is to add a little balsamic vinegar or honey to the mixture as it’s reducing – the small amount of sugar can help thicken the sauce.