Spicy Peanut Ginger Drumsticks

Spicy Peanut Ginger Drumsticks

So I may or may not have smashed an entire bottle of sriracha on my kitchen floor while making these.

I can practically hear you saying, “But those bottles are made of plastic?” Why yes, yes they are. And yet somehow I was still able to smash it directly on the dispenser spout.

Sriracha explosion.


Spicy Peanut Ginger Drumsticks

It was painful. I was wiping splattered sriracha off practically every surface within a ten foot radius. Every kitchen cabinet crevice. Did I mention that I had just bought that bottle less than 24 hours prior to this…incident?

I also woke up the next morning to discover dried sriracha on my foot.

Fun times.

Spicy Peanut Ginger Drumsticks

These spicy peanut ginger drumsticks were definitely a labor of love. Literally and figuratively.

Baked drumsticks can be a bit tricky. If you don’t marinate them long enough or season the marinade aggressively, you can end up with lackluster flavor. Or worse, all the deliciousness is on the outside and the inside is bland and flavorless.

And that is never a good thing.

Spicy Peanut Ginger Drumsticks

These drumsticks are far from bland due to two important steps: a) they are marinated for over 24 hours (this is crucial, 2-3 hours is not nearly enough), b) they are baked in the marinade, which results in a thick , glazes and contributes to the overall flavor even more.

Bonus? You can prep these the night before and have dinner ready on the table in less than 40 minutes.

They have a lot going for them. I had to play favorites when it came to naming the dish, but all of the ingredients are equal players. Lime, ginger, black bean garlic sauce, soy, peanut, sesame oil, and spicy sriracha. The list goes on and on. Then I went crazy and topped them with more crushed peanuts, black sesame seeds, scallions, cilantro and even more lime juice.

Texture heaven.

Spicy Peanut Ginger Drumsticks

Yield: 3-4 Servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus marinating time)

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

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  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons black bean garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4  cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • handful of cilantro stems, washed
  • 6-8 large chicken drumsticks (roughly 1.5 - 2 lb)
  • kosher salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • roasted unsalted peanuts, crushed
  • cilantro leaves
  • fresh lime wedges
  • green onions, finely sliced


  1. Whisk the soy sauce, black bean garlic sauce, peanut butter, lime juice, sesame oil, ginger, sriracha, sugar, cilantro stems and chicken broth in a large bowl. Add the drumsticks and coat them evenly in the marinade.
  2. Transfer marinade and drumsticks to a large Ziploc bag, removing as much air as possible. Place bag in a small baking dish or baking sheet and marinade for 24 hours in the fridge.
  3. Remove the drumsticks from the fridge, and allow to them to rest at room temperature for at least 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the chicken drumsticks along with the marinade in a medium ovenproof baking dish.
  4. Bake for roughly 30 to 40 minutes, turning the drumsticks every 10 or 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the drumsticks with toasted sesame seeds. Serve the drumsticks with crushed peanuts, fresh cilantro, fresh lime, and sliced green onions as desired.

60 Responses to “Spicy Peanut Ginger Drumsticks”

  1. #
    Michelle — July 26, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

    I am in loooooovvvve! Can’t wait to make these. I love all things peanuts.

    By the way – besides just steamed rice, what would be good to serve as side dish? I’m boring so a lot of times I just think of rice – or maybe even slightly dressed rice noodles. Thoughts?

    • Laura replied: — August 1st, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

      Sooooo sorry for my late reply to this! I definitely think a simple veggie stir fry (or roasted veggies, such as broccoli), as well as something very simple like lightly steamed snap peas would be great with this. You could also make a simple soba noodle salad (there is a recipe for one on my site actually!). I hope this helps! :)

  2. #
    Jen — July 29, 2014 @ 1:34 am

    Michelle, I think a mango slaw and coconut rice would go great with these.

  3. #
    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — August 22, 2014 @ 9:54 am

    Dang! These sound amazeballs! Wish I had seen these last night when I marinated an entire package of drumsticks to make for supper tonight. Drat! These would’ve been so much more fun and tasty than what I’ve got going on.

  4. #
    Melanie — October 11, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

    I made this with a pork tenderloin. There are just 2 of us so I made the marinade, put both pork tenderloins in, then once marinated and ready, took one out to cook and sealed the other back up and put in the freezer for another time with the marinade. The second one turned out just as good if not better than the first one. Great flavor, easy to make! Thank you for the recipe!

  5. #
    Ingrid — October 29, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

    Just made these, delish! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Laura replied: — October 29th, 2014 @ 11:23 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback!

  6. #
    Nicole — April 15, 2015 @ 5:19 pm

    where do you find the black
    Bean garlic sauce?

    • Laura replied: — April 16th, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

      Hi Nicole! I found it at my local (very basic) grocery store, usually it is in the Asian section with things like soy sauce, etc. Hope that helps! :)


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