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How to Oven-Bake Honey-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

by Zora Hughes, studioD

One of the best things about preparing a honey-based glaze for chicken drumsticks is how versatile it is to adjustments that you create, based on your flavor preferences. You can make them extra sweet and sticky, adding ingredients like molasses and brown sugar or you can make them sweet and spicy, with spices like chili, cayenne pepper and chili sauce. Baking the chicken drumsticks saves you time and energy and allows you to slowly build flavor by basting layer upon layer of honey glaze as they bake.

Pour honey into a saucepan and add additional flavoring ingredients to your taste. This can include brown sugar, molasses, barbecue sauce, lemon or lime juice, soy sauce, salt and herbs. Heat the honey mixture over low heat on the stove, until it is loose and heated through.

Place the chicken drumsticks in a large bowl and pour half of the honey mixture over them, making sure they are fully coated on all sides. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least an hour.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and place a wire rack on top of a baking sheet lined with foil. Lightly spray the wire rack with cooking spray.

Remove the drumsticks from the marinade and place them on the prepared wire rack. Brush with leftover honey glaze on all sides, using a pastry brush.

Place the glazed drumsticks in the oven to bake for roughly 45 minutes to an hour, turning and basting them with the remaining honey glaze every 15 minutes or so. The chicken is done when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of each drumstick reads at least 165 F and the honey glaze is well caramelized onto the chicken.

Items you will need
  •  Saucepan
  •  Honey
  •  Brown sugar, optional
  •  Barbecue sauce, optional
  •  Soy sauce, optional
  •  Lemon or lime juice, optional
  •  Fresh herbs, optional
  •  Chicken drumsticks
  •  Large mixing bowl
  •  Wire rack
  •  Baking sheet
  •  Aluminum foil
  •  Pastry brush


  • Avoid turning the heat too high to speed up the chicken, as the sugar in the honey -- as well as additional ingredients like the brown sugar -- burn easily and could brown your chicken too much before the interior has finished cooking.


About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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