Soy and honey glazed chicken drumsticks are finger licking good. They’re easy to make and the whole family will love them!

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: Sticky sweet and slightly salty, these chicken drumsticks are irresistible. You can use different cuts of chicken if you prefer.

How long it takes: 10 minutes to prep, 1 hour to bake
Equipment you’ll need: 9 x 13 inch baking dish, measuring cup
Servings: 6 (2 drumsticks each)

Overhead of two chicken drumsticks on decorative white plate, garnished with chopped fresh parsley.
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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 even though I’m pretty much a type A personality. When it comes to meals, for some reason I have a hard time thinking ahead. Maybe you have the same problem. That’s one of the reasons I’ve created free meal plans that are ready to go, including a grocery list.

Here’s how it usually happens. I sit down at the kitchen table. I open my computer to the grocery store ad. I have a sheet of notebook paper folded in half the long way. One side is for my grocery list and one side is for planned meals. On the side for the meals, I write each day of the week, noting activities that will impact dinner.

Long story short, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. For these chicken drumsticks, I saw 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.

So yes, I just improvised when it came time to prepare them. I’m super happy with the way they turned out. Soy and honey glazed chicken drumsticks now make a regular appearance at our family meal times.

If you like the idea of honey glazed chicken, be sure to check out baked honey mustard chicken, hot honey chicken sheet pan dinner, and Instant Pot honey sriracha chicken. We also love this honey mustard chicken marinade!

Two drumsticks on white plate garnished with parsley.

About this Chicken Drumstick Recipe

The chicken drumsticks are sticky, sweet and so flavorful. This recipe makes a lot of sauce so enjoy the drumsticks with white rice or brown rice, oven roasted sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, or air fryer brussels sprouts, so none of the tasty sauce goes to waste.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy flavorful chicken. As always, you’ll find the complete printable recipe at the end of this post. 

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Chicken Drumsticks: I usually purchase about 3 ½ pounds but you can easily add more if you like. There’s plenty of sauce. If you prefer, use chicken thighs or chicken breasts. Wings are good, too.
  • Olive Oil
  • Soy Sauce: Use reduced sodium soy sauce to cut back on the salt.
  • Ketchup: Look for a brand that doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup.
  • Honey
  • Dark Brown Sugar: Light brown sugar would work fine, too, add a teaspoon or two of molasses, if you want.
  • Minced Garlic: A couple of cloves is good but if you like a lot of garlic, go ahead and add more.

How To Make Honey Glazed Drumsticks

This recipe is so simple. Put the drumsticks in a baking pan, stir up the sauce, and pour it over the chicken. Pop it into the oven and it’s ready in an hour. About halfway through the cooking time, flip the chicken over so both sides soak up the sauce, making the chicken juicy and flavorful.

Drumsticks on white plate.

Changes You can Make

Chicken choices: If you prefer white meat, use chicken breasts, either bone-in or boneless. Chicken thighs can be substituted or chicken wings. For crispy wings, after baking, remove the wings from the sauce, place them on a baking sheet, and broil lightly.

Prefer less sauce? You can cut the sauce ingredients in half if you don’t want as much sauce.

Less sugar: Omit the brown sugar.

Air fryer chicken: Try easy air fryer chicken drumsticks. Ready in 20 minutes, crispy and juicy, you’ll love them! Or, if you prefer chicken thighs, try delicious air fryer chicken thighs. Air fryer chicken wings and air fryer chicken breasts are great, too.

Sheet pan dinner: We love these herb roasted chicken drumsticks and potatoes!

Storage & Reheating Tips

Refrigerate/Freeze: Cool drumsticks slightly before wrapping or covering. Store extra sauce separately. They’ll keep for three to four days in the refrigerator. Cooked drumsticks can be frozen for a few months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

Reheat: For larger quantities, reheat the drumsticks and sauce in a covered baking dish at 350°F for 20 minutes or until heated through. You could also reheat them on the stove in a skillet. Individual portions can be reheated in the microwave.

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Soy and Honey Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

4.73 from 11 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Soy and honey glazed chicken drumsticks are finger licking good. They're easy to make and the whole family will love them!
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  • 3 ½ pounds chicken drumsticks (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar (light brown sugar is okay, too)
  • 1 large garlic cloves, minced (more to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper, or to taste
  • Cooked rice for serving (optional)
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9 × 13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Place chicken legs in baking dish. If you prefer, remove the skin from the chicken legs first.
  • Combine olive oil, soy sauce, ketchup, honey, brown sugar, garlic, and black pepper in a small bowl or measuring cup. Pour sauce evenly over chicken.
  • Bake 30 minutes. Remove drumsticks from oven and flip them over, using tongs, so they absorb the great flavor of the sauce on both sides. Bake for an additional 30 minutes or until chicken is done. The internal temperature of the drumsticks should be at least 165°F when measured with an instant read thermometer.
  • Serve with rice and top with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.


  • I make these drumsticks both with the skin on or with the skin off. Either way works great.
  • This recipe makes plenty of sauce. Extra sauce can be used on the rice. If you have more than 3 ½ pounds of chicken, you won’t need to increase the amount of sauce.
  • If you prefer, substitute chicken thighs for the drumsticks. They make take a little longer to bake. 


Serving: 2drumsticks, Calories: 467kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 163mg, Sodium: 1044mg, Potassium: 529mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 134IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Ashley Marc says:

    These were perfect! In the words of my husband and children. QUALITY

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      I love that! Made me smile…so glad you guys liked them! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a comment!

  2. Lorraine D. says:

    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! 

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      So glad you all like it! My son has a severe sesame allergy so we stay away from it, but I agree, that would make a fantastic addition!

  3. Amber Toth says:

    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!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      So glad you love them! Love your additions. :) Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

  4. Philia Kelnhofer says:

    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. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    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. Malinda @countrysidecravings says:

    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. amanda @ fake ginger says:

    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.

    1. Rachel Gurk says: