BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

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BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Grilled Chicken drumsticks slathered in homemade sweet, smokey, spicy, and flavorful.... Honey and Chipotle Pepper BBQ Sauce, served with side of Grilled Corn and Chickpeas Succotash! Does this sound like a winner summer family dinner or not? 

Grilled BBQ Chicken dinner is our favorite way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon with friends. Specially in summers, such meals make weekend even more interesting! 

So I thought to share with you, one of my absolute favorite BBQ Chicken and homemade BBQ sauce recipe, which is staple in my family dinner gatherings. 

Most of my friends know my love for Latin spices and peppers. Specially, Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, is one such ingredient which shows up in my recipes everywhere! There is something about smoky and spicy bite of chipotle that intrigues me to use it in LOT of my American, even in Indian-Fusion meals!

Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce Chicken with Corn Succotash |

I'm not a 'Latin Cuisine Expert' but certainly a 'Latin Flavor Enthusiast'. First taste of Chipotle Sauce, and I was hooked to this cuisine for life. Be it Chicken Tinga, Chipotle Sofritas, Chipotle Beer BBQ Sauce, or Poblano Sofritas Verde...... My family loves Mexican/Latin flavors and I'm never tired of serving them my twisted-recipes, featuring many of these flavors. Like today's meal, BBQ chicken and Succotash, can't get more American than this, has BIG punch of flavor from: Chipotle in Adobo, and Jalapenos.

For anyone who don't know about Chipotle in Adobo. Chipotle Peppers in Adobo are actually smoked dried Jalapenos which are re-hydrated by simmering in a sauce which has onion, garlic, vinegar, and some other spices. In one word, this sauce is where heat of jalapenos meets tang of vinegar, aroma of Latin spices with a pronounced smoky flavor. 

Right there, above description, reminds me of a good BBQ Sauce! Isn't it?

I mean, what do you look for, in a good BBQ Sauce? Some smoky flavor, some heat, some tang, and subtle kiss of spices?! I'm sure, you will say, what about sweet!? That's why, my friends, I have honey in this recipe. Sweetness of honey transforms Chipotles to Honey-Chipotle BBQ sauce!

Chipotle BBQ Chicken Drumsticks for Dinner with Sweet and Sour Corn Succotash |

Honey-Chipotle sauces recipe is very simple and straight forward. All you need is some good Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce and a few very basic pantry ingredients. Mix all ingredients and simmer for 20-25 minutes and you have a delicious Homemade BBQ sauce. You can make this sauce at-least 1 week in advance and then use it for everything, from BBQ Chicken to Breakfast Chicken Quesadilla! I'm telling you this from experience. This sauce is SO in demand in my friend-circle that I'm often bottling it for giveaways!

Honey and Chipotle Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce Chicken Drumsticks |

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Homemade Honey and Chipotle Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce Chicken Drumsticks with Corn and Chickpea Succotash |

Few more Chicken Wings/Drumsticks recipes from my recipe repertoire:

Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings Honey Tangerine Buffalo Chicken Wings with Yogurt Ranch Dip BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Chipotle-Beer BBQ Sauce

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: American () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 4 Servings - Serves: 4
(Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce yields 1 cup. Recipe uses 1/4 cup.)


Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce
Grilled Chicken Drumsticks
Corn-Chickpeas Succotash
Smart Swap: Replace drumsticks with wings for serving as party snack.


  • Step for Recipe - BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce 1. Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce - Mix all ingredients for Honey-Chipotle BBQ in a deep heavy bottom sauce pan, mix well, bring to boil, then simmer medium-high heat for 25 minutes. (stir once or twice in between)
    Step for Recipe - BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce 2. Let sauce cool slightly, then puree using immersion blender. Set aside if using immediately. Or let it cool fully. Pour in a glass container with lid and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Step for Recipe - BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce 3. BBQ Chicken Drumsticks - Pat dry chicken drumsticks with paper towel. Season with salt, fresh ground black pepper and smoked paprika.
    Step for Recipe - BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce 4. Preheat the gas/charcoal grill. Coat grill with oil spray. Place the chicken drumsticks on grill with fatty/meaty side down. Reduce the heat to medium-low, then continue grill for about 12-15 minutes, then turn and cook other side until fully cooked. If making, Corn Succotash, place corn cobs on grill, turn every 2-3 minutes until nice charred and cooked through.
  • Step for Recipe - BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce 5. Last 5 minutes before finishing cooking, brush generous coating of Honey-Chipotle BBQ sauce on drumsticks and continue cooking. Additional Notes: It is important to use sauce in last 5 minutes, so as not to burn the sauce too much on grill.
    Step for Recipe - BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce 6. Corn-Jalapeno Succotash - Ready all ingredients for corn succotash. Chop bell pepper, garlic, onion, jalapeno, rinse chickpeas, and remove grilled corn kernels from the cob.
  • Step for Recipe - BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce 7. Heat oil in a wide saute pan, add onion and bell pepper, and cook for 2-3 minutes until onion are soft. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Now, add chopped jalapeno, chickpeas, sugar, vinegar, salt, and black pepper. Cook for another 3 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Fold in corn kernels, parsley and remove from heat. Set aside.
    Step for Recipe - BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce 8. Serve BBQ chicken drumsticks with corn succotash on side. Enjoy a delicious meal!
Savita's Notes:

To save time, cook succotash while cooking bbq sauce.

Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce yields 1 cup. Recipe uses 1/4 cup. You can use as much as you like. Or use it to cook up to 4-5 pounds of drumsticks for bigger group.

As per my taste, Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce is mild spicy. Taste the sauce after cooking and cooling a bit. If you find it too spicy, add 1-2 tbsp more honey. If you want more spicy, add 1-2 tbsp more adobo sauce.


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18 Responses

  1. What can be said for these superb chicken drumstick.......except YUMMILICIOUS
    thanks, Alka :)
  2. Great flavors! These will be perfect for a weeknight dinner! Pinned!
    Mira, thanks for the pin. This is one of my favorite meal in summers.
  3. Honey and chipotle BBQ sauce sounds just amazing. I am a little bit obsessed with chipotle sauce, and I put it on everything.
    Thanks, Dannii!! Ditto, me too can never have enough chipotle sauce! thanks for tweet, my friend!
  4. These photos are amazing, Savita! I'm totally drooling thinking about this chicken...and that sauce. Oh man, I just want a jar of that sauce all to myself. Well done!!
    Thanks, David for your kind words.... sending a big jar, of honey-chipotle, your way :)
  5. Drumsticks definitely remind me of summer grilling! These look so good, Savita! I love the honey chipotle sauce! Yum!
    Thanks, Gayle! You are right, grilling is quintessential in summers! Honey-Chipotle sauce was star of this meal.
  6. I am salivating looking at those bbq drumsticks. its breakfast time here and I am totally craving it now... Looks so so good.. Amazing flavour combination!! Love the corn chickpea succotash!! YUM!
    Thanks, Arpita! BBQ makes everything taste better :)
  7. What a delightful combination of flavors, that chicken looks very tasty. Thanks for participating in this shop #client
    Thanks, Adriana! :)
  8. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! I have no idea what that means, but my husband says it and it always makes me laugh. I love this chicken drumsticks with honey chipotle bbq sauce!
    Rachelle, thanks! You know, even my husband says this often! I don't know, when did I pick this line, from him. I think, it's nothing else, but our men's extreme love for chicken and meat lol! ;-)
  9. omg those chicken drumsticks are calling my name!! Looks so flavorful!!!
    Thanks, Ami! It's all magic of Chipotle sauce, makes everything finger-licking good :)