Drumsticks with Plum Sauce


  • 12 chicken drumsticks (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 red or purple plums (4 ounces each), pitted and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup hot or sweet red pepper jelly
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup water

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Light a grill.  Rub the chicken with the canola oil and season with salt and pepper.  Grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 30 minutes.

Step 2: Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter.  Add the onion and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the plums and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened and nearly broken down, about 5 minutes.  Add the red pepper jelly and mustard and bring to a boil, stirring until the jelly is melted.  Carefully transfer the mixture to a food processor.  Add the water and puree until smooth.  Season the plum sauce with salt and pepper.

Step 3: Liberally brush the plum sauce all over the chicken and grill, turning the drumsticks occasionally, until they are lightly caramelized, about 5 minutes.  Serve the drumsticks with any remaining plum sauce at the table.

Enjoy this grilled drumstick recipe from Food & Wine!