Baked Chicken Leg Drumsticks with Honey Garlic Sauce

These honey garlic chicken drumsticks so easy to make that they are a perfect weeknight dinner. They are great served on a bed of rice with pan fried brussels sprouts.

Overhead picture of baked chicken drumsticks

Baked chicken drumsticks are a family staple. Not only are they economical, but they taste delicious and extremely easy to cook. While chicken breasts can dry out if cooked too long, it almost seems like drumsticks get more flavourful and tender over the course of a slow cook. The meat just falls off the bone!

If you want to know how to cook the best chicken drumsticks in the oven, then you need to know that it is all in the seasoning! What really makes a drumstick amazing is the seasoning that coats the skin while it cooks. It does not matter if it is a simple seasoning, BBQ sauce, marinade or other glaze. Having a tasty seasoning all over the drumstick turns what may seem like an unwanted cut of meat into something incredible.

Chicken drumsticks baked with a honey garlic sauce.

In today’s recipe, the sauce for the drumsticks is a simple marinade of Asian flavours. Honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger and garlic all come together to make a sauce that is sticky, sweet, and is infused all through the chicken.

As great as these chicken drumsticks are, and trust me, they are amazing…. the sauce is just as good. This recipe makes quite a bit of sauce that thickens as it bakes. Scooping the sauce on some rice with sliced green onions and a couple drumsticks – delish!

Even just writing this post makes me want to make these drumsticks again today.

Fresh ginger and garlic on a cutting board

Ingredients for the Honey Garlic Sauce

Making honey garlic chicken drumsticks is very simple, and it all comes down to the sauce. Here are the ingredients you will need.

  • fresh garlic cloves
  • fresh ginger
  • soy sauce
  • honey
  • vegetable oil
  • sesame oil
  • rice vinegar
  • sriracha
  • salt
  • water

To make the sauce, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, both oils, rice vinegar, water, salt and sriracha. Mince the garlic and ginger and then stir that into the liquid mixture.

Raw chicken drumsticks in a baking pan.

Place the chicken drumsticks in a large baking dish. Pour the marinade all over the chicken. Use some tongs to turn the drumsticks so that they are all fully coated in the honey garlic sauce.

Chicken drumsticks getting flipped midway through baking.

How to Bake Chicken Drumsticks

Preheat the oven for 350F. Once it comes to temp, place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 90 minutes. Every 30 minutes, use tongs to flip the drumsticks over. This allows the honey garlic flavours to fully immerse all parts of the chicken.

Once the drumsticks are finished baking, they can come out of the oven. If you want, you can put the drumsticks under the broiler for a few minutes. This crisps and browns the skin.

Baked chicken drumsticks in a baking pan

Broiling the drumsticks is easy, simply turn the oven to broil and let the skin crisp up. Make sure you watch them though because it can go from nicely browned to scorched very quickly!

These baked chicken drumsticks are so good. There perfect served on rice and with some of these side dishes!

Baked chicken with rice and brussels sprouts

Excellent side dishes:

Baked Chicken Leg Drumsticks with Honey Garlic Sauce

Baked chicken drumsticks in a baking pan
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Easy instructions for how to bake chicken leg drumsticks in the oven with this simple recipe. Sweet, sticky and lip smacking delicious!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 20 drumsticks


  • 20 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 8 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 inch ginger piece , peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 green onions , thinly sliced


  • In a large bowl, mix together the honey, soy sauce, oils, rice vinegar, water, sriracha, garlic, ginger and salt until well mixed and the honey dissolved.
  • Place chicken drumsticks in a large baking dish. Pour the honey garlic marinade over all the chicken pieces. Use tongs to flip them, ensuring they are all coated in the marinade. 
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Remove plastic wrap from the baking dish and place the dish in the oven and bake for 90 minutes. Use tongs to turn the chicken drumsticks every 30 minutes.
  • If desired, turn the oven to broil and cook the drumsticks under the broiler for about 5 minutes to brown and crisp up the skin.
  • Remove from the oven and let the drumsticks rest for 5 minutes. Top with the green onions and serve with rice.


Per serving:

Calories: 196.02kcalCarbohydrates: 8.02gProtein: 13.9gFat: 12.09gSaturated Fat: 5.02gCholesterol: 69.65mgSodium: 371.48mgFiber: 0.17gSugar: 7.14g

Nutrition Disclaimer


Overhead picture of baked chicken drumsticks

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  • Anyone done this after removing the skin?

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    • I have not tried this, but I imagine it would work out well.

  • 5 stars
    Delicious, took less than 90 minutes.

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  • 4 stars
    This recipe was really good! I added 1/4 cup of brown sugar to the sauce, and let the drumsticks marinate in it for about 6 hours before baking it. The chicken came out perfectly cooked and caramelized! I would definitely make it again.

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  • must say chef your recipe is really innovative, tried it last week and called my friends for dinner, everyone kept asking the secret ingredient but I kept mum, shhhhhhhh

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