Soy and Honey Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

These soy and honey glazed chicken drumsticks are finger licking good — the whole family will love these. My kids loved eating them with their hands! 

These soy and honey glazed chicken drumsticks are finger licking good -- the whole family will love these. My kids loved eating them with their hands! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Tell me, are you all meal-planners? Do you sit down on a certain day of the week and plan your meals for the entire week?

I’m kind of a half-hearted meal planner. Which is weird because I’m pretty solidly type-A. But when it comes to meals, I have a hard time thinking ahead for some reason. I’m not sure if it’s a lack of attention or if it’s just because what I want to eat depends so much on my mood for the day. (Plus, Ben’s schedule is so crazy that I never know what nights we are all going to be home for dinner).

Super easy recipe -- these Soy and Honey Glazed Chicken Drumsticks were a huge hit with my family! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

Here’s what usually happens:

I sit down at the kitchen table. The kids are usually napping or playing with Ben. I open my computer to the grocery store ad. I have a piece of notebook paper folded in half the long way. One side is for my list and one side is for my meals. On the side for the meals, I write each day of the week. If I know for sure Ben is not going to be home for dinner that night, I make note of it (hellllo popcorn for dinner night!). At the bottom of the meal list I usually also jot down a short list of recipes I want to develop for my blog that week.

But this is kind of where it all falls apart. I usually get lazy and just leave most of the days open. And then of course when I go to the grocery store, I have a hard time sticking to my list. I get distracted by and ingredient or a sale I missed in the ad.

Long story short, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. For these chicken drumsticks, I had seen that drumsticks were on sale — so I put them on the list. But I didn’t bother looking up or creating a recipe for them. Instead I just improvised on the night I felt like eating chicken drumsticks. But I’m super happy with the result and will definitely adding these soy and honey glazed chicken drumsticks to the dinner roster.

They are sticky, sweet and so flavorful. Enjoy!

Super easy recipe -- these Soy and Honey Glazed Chicken Drumsticks were a huge hit with my family! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

Soy and Honey Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

These soy and honey glazed chicken drumsticks are finger licking good — the whole family will love these. My kids loved eating them with their hands!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 pounds chicken legs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, more as desired
  • Cooked rice for serving (optional)
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place chicken legs in a 9×13 baking dish (remove skin if desired). Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup and pour over chicken.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. If desired, turn chicken once midway through cooking to help soak up all the great flavor of the sauce.
  4. Serve with rice and topped with fresh parsley if desired.

Note: I prepared some of these with the skin on and some with the skin off. They both turned out great.

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: Loved these! I was still recovering from oral surgery when I made these, so I had to eat these soy and honey glazed chicken drumsticks with a knife and fork and chew very very slowly, but the taste was amazing.

Husband’s take: He loved these! And the biggest surprise of all was that E loved them too — she just adored eating them straight off the bone.

Changes I would make: None are necessary, but this does make a lot of sauce. You could probably safely double the amount of chicken without having to increase the amount of sauce.

Difficulty: Easy!

 

Looking for more quick and easy meals like these honey glazed chicken drumsticks? Try some of our favorite recipes:

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30 comments

  1. Mmmmmm! I’ve tried this recipe twice and loved it both times! More importantly my children loved them too. The second time I cooked these I added about a teaspoon of sesame oil to the recipe. It was equally fantastic if you like sesame oil! 

  2. I made these a couple times earlier this year and they were so delicious! I added some chopped green onion to the mix and some sesame oil and boy was it good! Unfortunately I lost the recipe and have been looking for all over the place! I finally found it and I will never lose it again!

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  4. I’m the exact same when it comes to meal planning! It’s so hard to think ahead But with these drumsticks? I know my hubby would love them so I should definitely plan on making them :)

  5. I’m the same way with my meal planning too. For some reason, I can’t seem to stick with it even though I know so many people that swear by it. These drumsticks look amazing! Love the honey and soy combo!

  6. Oh I had to laugh because I do this too with meal planning!! I most of the time I can crank out a good list but lately I do a partial list thinking I can wing it but it never works. However these drumsticks are definitely working they look sooooo good!!

  7. I am the WORST at planning meals. How am I supposed to know what I’ll want to eat 4 days from now?

    These look delicious. I loooove a soy & honey sauce.

  8. this sounds good–I’m going to try this in a few days. I always have honey on hand since my dad has an apiary.

  9. I just had smoked soy & sesame wings out at a restaurant- these sound really similar! I’ll have to give them a try!

  10. I’m a straight up type A person so meal planning is essential for me. I do change things up depending on my mood, but usually we just follow the plan. These look amazing. I love the teriyaki style combo that you have going on with your ingredients. :)

  11. I try really hard to be organized when it comes to menu planning and grocery shopping, but it’s hard because I don’t always feel like making what is on my list for that day – so we wing it more often than I’d like – but I love a meal like this that comes together in a flash and turns out amazing!

  12. These drumsticks look so good. I am a definite meal planner and list maker. I feel stressed if I don’t have every night of the week accounted for.

  13. Although this recipe is simple, it looks delicious – I’ll be the sauce would work wonderfully on stir-fried vegetables and chicken too (another quick weeknight dinner.)

  14. Chicken drummies are some of my favorite things to make. SO easy and the kids go crazy for them. I can’t wait to try these! Beautiful pictures!

  15. The glaze on these drumsticks looks perfect! I am glad my husband eats any cut of chicken meat because the breasts can be quite expensive to buy all the time.

  16. I’m very similar with my meal planning. When all else fails, there is grilled cheese! And now there is grilled cheese and finger lickin’ drummies :)

  17. I used to be really good about menus and lists. Used to be is the key phrase here. These look really good. I do love that salty sweet honey soy combo.

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