Wrapping up the year with some sweet chicken drumsticks


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For me, nothing is more special than celebrating New Year ‘s Eve with my family at home and reminiscing about everything that happened to us in 2019. Of course, the music and the food made the night even more beautiful.  Some delicious sweet chicken drumsticks were at the center of our table.

It was a perfect night, and I would not change anything about it.  Being home with my loved ones and celebrating each other is the perfect way to end the year. We are now ready to start 2020 with love and appreciation.

Here is how I prepared my sweet baked chicken drumsticks


2 tbsp Haitian spice ((A blend of garlic, pepper, vinegar, scallions, cloves, parsley leaves)

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

¼ cup honey

¼ light brown sugar

2 tbsp. soy sauce

6 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger

½ tsp black pepper

1 tsp pepper flakes

8 chicken drumsticks

1 tbsp. everything bagel

1 tbsp. fresh parsley


Clean the chicken and season them with my homemade spice. (This is optional)

In a medium bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, everything bagel, parsley, and black pepper.

Pour into a large Ziplock bag and add chicken drumsticks. Shake to coat chicken and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack on top.  Remove the chicken drumsticks from the bag, reserving the marinade, and place them on the rack. Bake them for 30 minutes.

While the chicken is baking, place the leftover marinade in a small saucepan. Bring the marinade to a boil, then reduce the heat to a slow simmer. Cook over low heat, stirring as needed, for about 15 minutes or until thickened.

After 25 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven and coat them with the marinade.  Return them to the oven and cook for another 15 minutes.

Coat them with any remaining marinade before serving.

I hope you enjoyed your new year’s eve with your loved ones.  Let me know which tradition you have for that special day!



  1. What a great recipe. I love having food sitting on the table that guests can grab as they please, especially at a family get together. This recipe will make a great addition to our table. Hopefully it turns out okay! Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. I like what written here “Being home with my loved ones and celebrating each other is the perfect way to end the year. “so much love…..

  3. It’s my first time to read about Haitian spice, looks tasty! Our tradition every New Year’s Eve is to gather as a complete family and just wait for midnight before eating meals.

  4. This looks delicious and yummy recipe perfect for lunch and it looks too easy to make I will put note the ingredients in this recipe Happy New Year Marjie!

  5. We had wings for Christmas dinner this year! It’s my husband’s birthday as well so he always picks the big dinner. These are very different than what we did, but they also sound delicious! We spent New Year’s Eve at a beach condo on South Padre Island (almost in Mexico) along the Texas Gulf Coast. It was a bit chilly for the beach but my boys didn’t care and the guys all did a polar plunge while we were there!

    • You had the perfect New Year’s Eve, Stephanie, the beach is always my favorite place on earth. Happy Belated Birthday to your hubby.

  6. Happy New Year! Spending time home with family is my favorite way to ring in a new year, too. Wishing for you a happy and healthy 2020!


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