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Honey Garlic Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

posted by Kacey Joanette on February 8, 2016

Honey Garlic Chicken Drumsticks Recipe – Take a inexpensive cut of chicken and transform it into a quick and easy weeknight dinner!

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Honey Garlic Chicken Drumsticks - Take a cost-effective cut of chicken and transform it into something amazing for a weeknight meal!


Woohoo! I am Kacey from The Cookie Writer and this is my very first post with the Julie’s Eats and Treats team! I like to cook and bake, so it was hard choosing which element to share with you first. Julie has told me you all like quick, simple, and delicious recipes, so I hope these honey garlic chicken drumsticks live up to your expectations 🙂

Chicken is an extremely popular protein and there are endless possibilities when it comes to preparation. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are most common when it comes to chicken cuts, but you can really utilize the other parts (and come out with a great tasting meal at less than half the price of the traditional cut!) Nowadays, people don’t want meals that are just tasty and easy (they are definitely perks!) but also recipes that don’t break the budget. As a Canadian food blogger, we are especially seeing this problem in both our produce and meat departments.

Honey Garlic Chicken Drumsticks - Take a cost-effective cut of chicken and transform it into something amazing for a weeknight meal!


While I am sharing with you how to bake chicken drumsticks, I am also giving you some great advice: pat your chicken completely dry before seasoning it to ensure a crispy skin!!! Yes, that is right, no oil needed here, just plain salt, pepper, and any herbs you see fit. Applying the honey garlic sauce AFTER the chicken has had some time to crisp is really important here 🙂

These drumsticks are completed in no-time, and if you decide to go with a store-bought sauce over the homemade version, you are looking at even less effort! Serve this meal over rice and pair with a mixed bag of frozen veggies and you have a complete meal full of nutrients and deliciousness.

Take the plunge with these honey garlic chicken drumsticks and see how a different cut of meat can really transform a meal!

Honey Garlic Chicken Drumsticks - Take a cost-effective cut of chicken and transform it into something amazing for a weeknight meal!

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Honey Garlic Chicken Drumsticks

Preparation 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Serves 6-8 servings     adjust servings


  • 2.5 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes


  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Add a wire rack on top if possible.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add oil. When hot, stir in garlic and onions: cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Add honey and soy sauce. Stir together the broth and cornstarch. Pour into pan and bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Pat chicken so it is dry. Place onto rack and season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  5. Place into oven and cook for 10 minutes. Flip chicken and cook for another 10 minutes. Coat chicken with some sauce and cook for another 5 minutes. Flip one more time and coat the other side of the chicken. Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until chicken reaches 160F and juices run clean.
  6. Serve chicken with rice and steamed veggies if desired (and do not forget to pour on any extra sauce that is remaining!)


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 415kcal Calories from fat 165
% Daily Value
Total Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 174mg58%
Sodium 578mg24%
Carbohydrate 27g9%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 24g
Protein 35g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • Danielle | The Creative Bite

    These look delicious! I love the Honey & Garlic flavor combo.

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Such great tips for crispy skin! Love honey and garlic together!

  • Virginia

    Made them, loved them. This chicken drumsticks are very tasty and finger licking! Thank you for sharing the recipe. ?

    • Julie Evink

      So glad you enjoyed them Virginia! Thanks for letting me know!

  • Jay

    I dont have chicken broth 🙁
    Any other sub. Suggestions?

    • Kacey Joanette

      Do you have any other broth or bouillon cubes? White wine might work nicely! Or even melted butter (definitely will add some calories!) Sorry I cannot be of more help.

  • Norman Basile

    What is the calorie count or this recipe?

    • Kacey Joanette

      I don’t know for sure, Norman, but there are neat tools out there (like My Fitness Pal) where you can plug in the recipe and it will let you know.)

  • Shelley

    Do you use creamed honey or liquid honey?

    • Kacey Joanette

      Hi Shelley, I used liquid honey for the recipe 🙂

  • Na'Esa

    Hey I know this may sound really dumb but could I substitute the salt to season with sea salt? Or would it make a difference?

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