Sweet Orange Chicken Drumsticks

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion

1/4 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 large orange) 

1/4 cup ketchup 

1/4 cup orange marmalade 

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 

1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder 

1/2 teaspoon paprika 

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

1 garlic clove, minced

8 skin-on chicken drumsticks (about 1 pound) 

Chopped fresh parsley, for sprinkling 


  1. Add the onion, orange juice, ketchup, orange marmalade, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, Dijon, five-spice, paprika, black pepper and garlic to a large resealable plastic bag. Close the bag and shake to incorporate. Add the chicken drumsticks to the bag. Reseal and marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. (Chicken can be prepped the day before and refrigerated overnight.)
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Pour the entire contents of the bag onto a foil-lined sheet tray. Bake, turning the drumsticks halfway through baking, until the chicken is cooked through, the juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of meat (avoiding bone) registers 160 degrees F, about 25 minutes.
  4. Remove to a platter and let rest 5 minutes, then sprinkle with parsley and serve warm.