Easy Honey Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Honey Baked Chicken Drumsticks are not just easy to prepare, they are absolutely delicious!  

The sauce recipe came together on the fly one day, knowing I had little time to get them prepared before we headed out to our clinic for the morning.  It was so easy, I made it while preparing breakfast.

Since everyone has their own personal foods they either eat or are avoiding, I have included variations following the recipe.

I prepared the Honey Baked Chicken Drumsticks at the same time as these equally flavorful and tender Citrus-Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs, allowing us to 'cook once, eat at least twice!'

Save time and resources ~ let your oven multitask for you.

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 their 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 the brain.  Taurine in the diet has been found to improve these respective organs, including regulation of blood pressure, and improved vision, and nerve 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 Drumsticks recipe.  

Don't forget to eat the delicious, crispy skin, and save those bones for bone broth!

Super Easy & Delicious Honey Baked Chicken Drumsticks Recipe


  • 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.

Variations for the Honey-Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Easy Honey-Baked Chicken Drumsticks. Super delicious!

  1. I quite enjoy the rich, nutty flavored toasted sesame oil in this recipe, however, generally speaking, seed and nut oils should be used minimally as they tend to be higher in Omega 6 fatty acids which can cause excess inflammation if the entire context of the diet is too low in Omega 3-rich fatty acids.  (I have been trying to use up some ingredients from our past macrobiotic cooking days.) As a modification, sub the toasted sesame oil for either olive oil, or 1/4 cup of melted ghee, butter, or coconut oil.  The flavor will be less rich, but no doubt still delicious.

  2. 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 or minimize carbs or sweeteners, you cold experiment with using any of the more 'natural' or low-carb friendly sweeteners shown below.  Another option depending on what is most available near you is to sub real maple syrup.

  3. Substitute a naturally fermented, low-sodium soy sauce, Bragg's liquid aminos, or Coconut aminos for the sea salt if desired.  This may be especially helpful if using coconut oil, butter, or ghee in lieu of toasted sesame oil.

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.

Overnight Slow Roasted Chicken Breasts in Sauerkraut. This is an excellent way to prepare bone-in breasts, a better value than boneless and skinless. Recipe in the TYTN Diet Plan e-book. So delicious!

Learn how to make bone broth using up those drumstick and thigh bones. This recipe uses a slow pot simmered method.  

A mug of warmed bone broth is enjoyable any time of day, including as a coffee alternative! Add a pat for extra staying power!

The Pressure-Cooked Beef Bone Broth recipe can be modified using up the chicken bones, or a combo of poultry and beef bones.  Pressure cooking bone broth produces a collagen-rich, thick gelatinous broth.

Be sure to check out these equally simple, moist, tender and delicious Citrus & Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs, with perfectly crisped skin!  

Save time.  Make them at the same time as the Honey Baked Chicken Drumsticks!

Below are some more natural sweetener substitutes.

The Hoosier Hill Farm, 2.5 pound bag of Erythritol is made in the USA and comes highly rated!  I've not seen this particular brand available at local stores. 

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