Easy Honey Baked Chicken Drumsticks

This Honey Baked Chicken Drumsticks  is not just easy to prepare, it is absolutely delicious!  

I put the sauce together on the fly, knowing I had little time to get them prepared so I could pack them up to go before we headed out to our clinic for the morning.  

These chicken drumsticks, and a pack of chicken thighs had been taken out of the freezer a few days earlier, so they needed to be cooked - soon!  It is so easy, I made it while preparing breakfast.

Since everyone has their own personal foods they either eat or are avoiding, I have a couple simple alternative ingredient options listed after the recipe.

I made the Citrus-Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs at the same time, allowing us to have 2+ days of meals prepared all at once.  

The less oven time here in the summer, the better!

As Dr. Axe points out in his article, White Meat Versus Dark Meat on The Nutrition Watchdog, the dark meat of poultry has many healthful nutrients, above and beyond the white meat.  What makes dark meat dark is an  increased use of those muscles, especially among pastured chickens that are walking around all day.  Increased use of the muscles through increased activity leads to greater oxygen and blood flow.  As a result, dark meat is higher in iron, among other nutrients.

Dark meat is also higher in selenium, zinc, taurine, several B vitamins, Vitamins A and K, and taurine ~ an important anti-inflammatory amino acid found abundantly in heart muscle, and in the brains.  Taurine in the diet has been found to improve these respective organs, including regulation of blood pressure, health nerve function, improved vision, and cognitive function.

The skin is a good source of monounsaturated fats.  The skin and tendons contain collagen, which is excellent for the health of your own skin, hair, eyes, and joints.  Using the chicken thighs and chicken drumsticks, or other parts of a chicken or turkey to make bone broth is an excellent way to boost the collagen in your diet.

So, with all these health benefits, enjoy this Easy Honey Baked Chicken recipe.  Don't forget to eat the delicious, crispy skin, and save those bones for bone broth!

Super Easy & Delicious Honey Baked Chicken


  • 6 Chicken drumsticks
  • A few thin shavings of butter
  • 3 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. +/- honey
  • 1/2+ tsp. chili garlic sauce
  • 1/3 tsp. sea salt (about)

*Note:  The ingredients for the Honey Baked Chicken Sauce are close estimates.  Adjust the amounts as needed, to taste.


  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Place chicken drumsticks in an 8x8 glass or ceramic baking dish.
  3. Spread the shavings of butter around, adding a small piece to the top of each drumstick, or scattered in the dish.
  4. Place chicken in the oven, and set timer for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl.  Do a quick taste test to see if it needs a tad more sweet, sour, or salty flavor.
  6. Turn drumsticks over, then pour the sesame-honey sauce on top.
  7. Return to oven, and reduce temperature to 375º.  Bake for another 35-40 minutes.  The meat should easily tear off the bone.
  8. Remove from oven, and use a big spoon to ladle some of the sauce on the chicken drumsticks, then let cool a few minutes, and serve right away, or pack for lunch to go.

Easy Honey-Baked Chicken Drumsticks. Super delicious!

Variations for the Honey-Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Notes & Modifications:

  1. I use Celtic Grey Sea Salt that I grind fresh each time.  You may need more or less salt depending on the type, and size of salt you use.  A table salt will taste much saltier than a coarse ground sea salt, so adjust the quantity as needed.

  2. I quite enjoy the rich, nutty flavored toasted sesame oil in this recipe.  If you prefer, you could use a different oil.  I would try a pecan or hazelnut oil, otherwise an olive oil, or use 1/4 cup of melted butter.

  3. I did use a raw honey.  It's all we had.  The amount of honey that is actually consumed on each chicken drumstick is minimal, as a lot of it ends up in the pan as part of the sauce.  If you generally avoid/minimize carbs or sweeteners, I don't think the amount used is a problem.  

  4. Honey, birch sap, and maple syrup are all local American produced, and part of traditional European ancestral diets.  If you prefer not to use honey, you could substitute a birch or maple syrup to have a similar liquid viscosity.  Otherwise, I generally recommend the low-carb friendly sweeteners, such as Swerve, Xilytol, monk fruit, or stevia.  The final result will be different, but still provide a little sweet flavor.  Use around a teaspoon, or much less if using stevia.

  5. Substitute a naturally fermented, low-sodium soy sauce, Bragg's liquid aminos, or Coconut aminos for the sea salt if desired.

You may also like these other simple, low-carb chicken recipes.  Chicken or turkey drumsticks, thighs, necks, and especially the feet make an excellent, nutrient & collagen-rich bone broth.

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