Honey Garlic Drumsticks

  • By KJ

Honey Garlic Drumsticks are saucy and delicious! Chicken legs are baked until crispy and coated in a a homemade sweet and salty honey garlic sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and diced chives to take it over the top. These drumsticks are perfect for an appetizer or a fun dinner option!

Honey Garlic Drumsticks

Honey Garlic Drumsticks are saucy and delicious! Chicken legs are baked until crispy and coated in a a homemade sweet and salty honey garlic sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and diced chives to take it over the top. These drumsticks are perfect for an appetizer or a fun dinner option!

Cooking Drumsticks

Drumsticks (aka: chicken legs!) are highly underrated. I know that cooking any chicken with the bone-in can seem more daunting to get cooked properly, but chicken drumsticks couldn’t be easier!

Since they are skin-on and bone-in and dark meat, they naturally retain a lot of flavor and moisture. This makes them easier to cook! The skin on the drumsticks helps lock in the juices, while the bone helps add flavor to the meat. 

When cooking drumsticks, you still want to stick to the same concept of cooking any chicken: making sure the internal temperature of the meat reaches 165 degrees. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat on the drumstick to get an accurate reading of the temperature. 

Honey Garlic Sauce

The drumsticks certainly are important for this recipe, but the true star of the show is the homemade honey garlic sauce! Here’s what you will need to bring this sauce together:

That’s it! Simply whisk all of those ingredients to form the sauce.

Now, for the cooking method, half of the sauce is transferred to a separate bowl to stay contaminated-free for later use. The other half is used to baste the chicken drumsticks halfway through the cooking process.

Then, the last half of the sauce is tossed together with the baked drumsticks prior to serving, much like how one would toss chicken wings in sauce.

Finally, sprinkle on some sesame seeds and chopped chives to really take these drumsticks to the next level!

PS: these drumsticks could also be grilled! Follow the same concept of basting the chicken legs halfway through the grilling process and then use an indirect heat to finish them off on the grill. Toss with the remaining sauce after cooking.

How to Serve

Whether you are serving these Honey Garlic Drumsticks as an appetizer to feed a crowd, or a fun weeknight dinner option, they will be devoured!

If you are serving them as an appetizer option, they can be made in advance if needed and kept warm in the oven until serving. This recipe can also easily be doubled or tripled to feed larger crowds. A perfect grab-and-go appetizer!

For dinner, serve the drumsticks with some Coconut Cilantro Rice to create a fun dinner plate!

Looking for other Chicken Recipes? Check these out!

 

Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs
Coconut Curry Chicken Thighs
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Honey Garlic Drumsticks


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Honey Garlic Drumsticks are saucy and delicious! Chicken legs are baked until crispy and coated in a a homemade sweet and salty honey garlic sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and diced chives to take it over the top. These drumsticks are perfect for an appetizer or a fun dinner option!


Ingredients

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  • 6 chicken legs
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken legs on a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack. This allows all sides of the chicken legs to get nice and crispy. Use a paper towel to pat the chicken legs dry. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bake for 20 minutes. Meanwhile whisk together the soy sauce, honey, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes in a bowl. Set aside half of the sauce to be kept contaminated-free for later use. After baking the chicken legs for 20 minutes, baste with half of the sauce.
  3. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the thickest part of the chicken legs reaches 165 degrees.
  4. Toss the chicken legs with the remaining half of the sauce, garnish with the sesame seeds and chives and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

  • This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd. Makes for a great grab-and-go appetizer option!
  • If they need to be made in advance, the sauced chicken legs can be kept warm in the oven until serving.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Category: Appetizers

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 266
  • Sugar: 11.9g
  • Sodium: 890mg
  • Fat: 14.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.4g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Protein: 21.2g
  • Cholesterol: 95mg

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