Devilled drumsticks for the Gojee virtual pot luck

Some of you might know already that I contribute recipes to Gojee – a fabulously delicious site which collects recipes from around the web and makes them searchable by ingredient – beware, it’s pretty darned addictive!

From time to time, Gojee hosts events in New York City, gathering contributors together over, what else? Food and drinks!  Last week they held the first annual Gojee Potluck which, sadly I was unable to attend. But, being Gojee, they thought of everything and alongside the “in real life” event, they are organising a virtual potluck which all us contributors who could not attend were invited to bring something to. I love it!

For this event, I tried to think of something that will taste great hot but equally great lukewarm, or cold. Because you know when you get to a potluck, there are always so many dishes you want to check out, there’s no guarantee that you will eat all the hot dishes before they are no longer at optimal temperature.  What I am bringing to the virtual table today is a family favourite from a long way back – for whatever reason, called “Devilled” drumsticks and they are delicious hot, warm and even cold.  Simple to prepare, very versatile in terms of being able to switch up a few of the ingredients to create a different flavour profile all together, these hit all the marks of a great potluck dish.

Yield: 6

Devilled drumsticks for the Gojee virtual pot luck

Devilled drumsticks for the Gojee virtual pot luck

Easy chicken drumsticks - alittle sweet, a little spicy. Perfect hot, warm or even cold!


  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground pepper
  • 10 drops of Tabasco sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons plum jam
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Place all ingredients except drumsticks in a food processor and blend until fairly smooth and well combined.
  2. Make 2-3 slashes in each drumstick.
  3. Place drumsticks in a shallow oven-proof dish.
  4. Coat each drumstick heavily with the marinade (you'll use about half of the mix).
  5. Cover and marinate overnight in the fridge.
  6. Remove chicken from the fridge and pre-heat the oven to 375˚F.
  7. Coat the drumsticks with about 1 tablespoon of the sauce each.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes, watching for burning.

I love these, have for a long time. Thought they were so exotic when I first had them.  Mum – I still have your recipe from over 20 years ago, barely legible as it’s so faded. Now it’s on my site for everyone to enjoy 🙂 And so it doesn’t fade away!

These are so good – I actually prefer them the next day (if you can wait that long!!). A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy but most importantly, tasty and easy!

Want to see what everyone else bought to the party?  Starting on Thursday, January 26, check out other potluck dishes fellow gojee contributors shared. Go to gojee.com and enter “gojee potluck” into I Crave.  You can also follow #gojeepotluck on Twitter.


39 Responses to Devilled drumsticks for the Gojee virtual pot luck

  1. Tya@note etc. January 16, 2012 at 06:39 #

    wow, looks deathly delicious, love the little part that burnt, would try it someday 🙂


  2. Unorthodox Epicure January 16, 2012 at 08:32 #

    Looks divine!

  3. Mr. Neil January 16, 2012 at 09:03 #

    Yes, these were cooked to perfection. Nice and juicy still inside, with perfect grilling on the outside.

    Very tasty, a variation on a common “anytime” grilled drumsticks we often do in our house. I’d have upped the heat ever-so-slightly.

    We paired this with a very nice 2011 vintage of…homemade pear cider! Courtesy of the fine establishment Fermentations in Toronto, where I’ve been brewing beers for over a year. This pear cider was decidedly dry, as I’m not a fan of the mainly sickly sweet ones found commercially. At about 5% ABV, a nice light pairing [sic] for the spice of the chicken.

  4. Paula January 16, 2012 at 10:31 #

    These look amazing! My husband loves drumsticks and thighs and I know he’s going to love your Mom’s recipe. Thanks for sharing it Mardi.

  5. Kiri W. January 16, 2012 at 13:31 #

    Oooh, could drumsticks look any better? I’m salivating already! Spicy and sticky, just my favorite 🙂

  6. RavieNomNoms January 16, 2012 at 13:51 #

    These look amazing!! Your pictures are gorgeous!

  7. Cucina49 January 16, 2012 at 14:35 #

    Those look lovely, particularly how you’ve plated them. This would be perfect Super Bowl party food.

  8. brilynn January 16, 2012 at 14:46 #

    Those photos just jump off the page! Who knew chicken could look so good?

  9. Nancy/SpicieFoodie January 16, 2012 at 18:47 #

    I wish there was a way to have these mouthwatering drumsticks jump from the scream to my desk. So I’ll just have to make some this weekend, can’t wait.

  10. Nelly Rodriguez January 16, 2012 at 21:36 #

    These look amazing and perfect for a potluck!

  11. Pam M January 17, 2012 at 04:02 #

    Nice to see the great drumsticks making an international appearance. We still love them.

  12. Tami January 17, 2012 at 18:44 #

    Great timing…….something to make with the “on special” drumsticks my mum bought for us a couple of days ago. Sounds much better than the slow cooker casserole I was going to invent!!!!

  13. K A B L O O E Y January 17, 2012 at 21:46 #

    Those look very tasty, and the pictures are beautiful. I think I’d love them as per Mr. Neil’s suggestion, with a bit more heat and with homemade dry pear cider, but I have no one here making the beverage for me. Guess I’ll have to figure out my own pairing.

  14. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 17, 2012 at 22:10 #

    These look delish… Perfect football food, if you ask me. I know the men would love them 🙂

  15. Russell at Chasing Delicious January 17, 2012 at 22:24 #

    Yum! Those drumsticks look scrumptious. I love the color. And great shots.

  16. Stephanie January 19, 2012 at 00:41 #

    Oh yum, I haven’t had drumsticks in soo long.Those looks perfect, I doubt that I’d be able to wait till the next day to see if you are right about them tasting better 🙂

  17. kellypea @ sass & veracity January 26, 2012 at 13:46 #

    I saw these at gojee and had to stop by — YUM. I’d have trouble waiting to eat these…

  18. penny aka jeroxie January 29, 2012 at 05:35 #

    I reckon I will prefer this the next day and cold! Always so good. 🙂

  19. LT October 29, 2012 at 13:47 #

    Instead of salivating about “pretty pictures”, has ANYONE COOKED AND EATEN ANY OF THESE DRUMS?? Yes, the photography is excellent, but HOW DO THEY TASTE??!!

    • Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) October 29, 2012 at 17:03 #

      I wouldn’t have posted them if they didn’t taste great 😉
      Mr Neil (above) eats these quite regularly and Pam (above) is the person whose recipe it originally was. So yes, people have eaten them and they are good 🙂

  20. Sarah November 24, 2013 at 22:14 #

    Just made this, was so yummy and so juicy!!! But was not spicy at all. I did 25 shakes and could not taste any spicy at all. Defiantly will make this again but not use Tabasco sauce. Will do some other sauce instead.

    • Mardi Michels November 25, 2013 at 05:33 #

      Glad to hear you enjoyed this 🙂 Actually it’s not meant to be spicy so if that is something you are looking for you could absolutely substitute a spicier hot sauce for the Tabasco!


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