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Honey Apricot Glazed Drumsticks

  • Author: Sprinkles & Sea Salt
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: 12 drumsticks 1x


These Honey Apricot Glazed Drumsticks are the perfect appetizer! They are cooked first in the Instant Pot to make them fall-off-the-bone tender, then coated in a delicious honey apricot glaze and finished off in the oven on broil to crispy perfection. 



1 cup water

4-pounds chicken drumsticks (about 12)

1 cup apricot preserves

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp honey

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground coriander

2 tbsp cold water

1 tbsp corn starch

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

chopped cilantro



Set up your instant pot with the wire rack

Add 1 cup water to the pot

Layer the drumsticks in the pot on top of the wire rack

Turn instant pot on “pressure cook”, set to high for 8 minutes*

Lock lid on instant pot and set pressure release valve to “sealing”

While the drumsticks are cooking, prepare the glaze

Add apricot preserves, worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, garlic, salt and coriander to a small, heavy bottomed sauce pan

Place pan over medium heat

Bring to a low boil

In a small bowl dissolve the cornstarch into the 2 tbsp of cold water

Add cornstarch mixture to pan, whisk

Return to a low boil

Reduce heat to a low, simmer for at least 5 minutes or until ready to use

When instant pot beeps that it is done, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes

Switch the pressure release value to “venting” to release any remaining pressure

Unlock and remove lid, allow to cool 2-3 minutes

When they are safe to handle, remove drumsticks and place on a large plate

In a shallow bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt

Remove glaze from heat, pour 3/4 of it into a shallow bowl, reserve the rest

Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil, place a wire baking rack on top of it

Working one drumstick at a time, toss in flour mixture to coat and then in apricot glaze, place on wire rack

Repeat with each drumstick

Make sure your oven is set up with 1 rack in the middle position

Turn oven on broil

Put tray in the oven on the middle rack

Being attentive so the drumsticks do not burn, broil for 3 minutes on 1 side, flip and broil for 3 minutes on the other side

Remove tray from oven

While the drumsticks are cooling, using a basting brush, slather on 1 more layer of apricot glaze

Allow to rest 2-3 minutes

Top with a squeeze of lime juice and chopped cilantro right before serving (optional)


*You can use frozen drumsticks, if they are frozen increase cook time to 12 minutes

  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: instant pot