Cranberry Glazed BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Serves: 4

Here’s a delicious cranberry barbecue basting sauce that is both delicious and kid friendly. It is a good use of any canned whole-berry cranberry sauce you have leftover. If you don’t like to use wine in cooking substitute cranberry or grape juice. Serve with a bright green vegetable and brown rice to mop up the extra sauce for a fun, complete meal.


1/2 cup (125 mL) red wine
1 tsp (5 mL) cornstarch
1 cup (250 mL) cranberry sauce, unsweetened
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) cinnamon, ground
8 skinless chicken drumsticks


1 Whisk together wine and cornstarch in a small pot to form a smooth paste.
2 Add cranberry sauce, butter and cinnamon. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until mixture comes to a boil. Cook, stirring an additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour half the sauce, about ¾ cup (175 mL) into a pitcher to serve with grilled chicken and set aside.
3 Put the drumsticks in a medium bowl or plastic bag. Drizzle with the remaining sauce. Toss to coat.
4 Preheat grill over medium heat. Remove chicken drumsticks from marinade and place on upper rack. Cover and grill, turning once, until fully cooked and browned - about 15 minutes per side or until a thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 165°F (74°C). Brush each side a few times with the marinade or until it is all used up.
5 Serve with the reserved cranberry barbecue sauce.