Sweet Curry Drumsticks with Basmati Pilaf

Drum up a delicious dinner in less than an hour! Drumsticks, a kid-favourite, get sticky and saucy and pair perfectly with a fragrant, colourful side of basmati rice.

Sweet Curry Drumsticks with Basmati Pilaf

Makes 6 servings.
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min


  • ¼ cup (50 mL) mango chutney or apricot jam
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) each prepared yellow mustard and honey
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) mild Indian curry paste or powder
  • 12 chicken drumsticks (skin removed if preferred)
  • ¾ tsp (4 mL) salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) ground black pepper
  • 1 ⅓ cups (325 mL) U.S. basmati rice
  • 2 cups (500 mL) no salt added chicken broth
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) turmeric
  • ½ cup (125 mL) frozen baby peas
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped (approx.)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Heat chutney in a microwave-safe bowl on high for 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in mustard, honey, lemon juice and curry paste.
  2. Toss drumsticks with half of the sauce mixture, ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt and the pepper. Arrange drumsticks on a nonstick foil or parchment paper lined, rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes. Baste with sauce. Roast, basting and turning often, for 10 to 15 additional minutes or until sauce is caramelized and chicken is cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, combine rice with broth, turmeric and remaining ½ tsp (2 mL) salt in a small saucepan with a tight fitting lid. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 12 minutes. Uncover and stir in peas, carrot, green onions and butter. Cook, covered, for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork.
  4. Serve drumsticks with rice pilaf and sprinkle with extra green onions (if desired).


  • Use U.S. brown basmati rice for additional fibre.
  • Replace drumsticks with chicken thighs if desired.