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Chicken Drums with Hoisin Barbecue Sauce

Create a winning Asian-style barbecue sauce with Hoisin sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil teamed with good old ketchup. Take a little extra time and add the garnishes of fresh sliced green onion and sesame seeds to boost the visual appeal. This recipe works great in the oven or on the grill (BBQ). Serve with rice and a steamed green vegetable like boy choy, broccoli or snow peas.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 45 min


5 tbsp hoisin sauce, ready-to-serve
1 tbsp rice vinegar, unseasoned
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp sesame oil, toasted
1 tsp Thai-style hot sauce (like Sriracha)
8 chicken drumsticks, bone-in, skin off
2 green onions, fresh, sliced
1 tbsp sesame seeds, whole, dried (white or black)

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)

  2. Mix together the hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, ketchup, honey, sesame oil and Thai-style hot chili sauce (e.g., Sriracha brand) in a large bowl or resealable plastic bag. Set aside.

  3. Add chicken drum sticks to above marinade and mix well. If using a bag, remove as much air as possible, seal and mix well using hands over outside of bag to coat all pieces. Marinate one hour and preferably overnight.

  4. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes and until internal temperature registers 165°F (74°C). Turn chicken drums and baste with extra sauce half way through cooking.

  5. Serve baked chicken drumsticks sprinkled with the sesame seeds and sliced green onion.

Helpful Tip

While you are at it you may want to double the recipe, placing sauce ingredients and chicken for a second meal in a plastic resealable bag. Freeze immediately. To use, defrost in the refrigerator overnight. *Recipe image depicts skin-on drums.

Nutrition Info

Per 150 g serving Amount
Protein22 g
Fat8 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate21 g
Fibre1 g
Sugar16 g
Cholesterol85 mg
Sodium550 mg
Per 150 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A2
Vitamin C10
Vitamin B623
Vitamin B1220