Honey Baked Sesame Chicken Drumsticks

Honey Baked Sesame Chicken Drumsticks are perfect for when you want great tasting Chinese food without all of the fat from the deep frying! Skip the take-out and try this easy homemade version instead – it’s unbelievably crisp, yet tender and finger lickin’ good!

Honey Baked Sesame Chicken Drumsticks are perfect for when you want great tasting Chinese food without all of the fat from the deep frying! Skip the take-out and try this easy homemade version instead – it’s unbelievably crisp, yet tender and finger lickin’ good!

Chicken That Is Fast and Tasty!?!?

Drumsticks are an affordable, easy to make protein that offers so much versatility for flavors and fun. This recipe is a go to for busy nights as it offers bold, amazing flavor without a lot of work. The sesame combines with the brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha for a fun Asian flavor profile with easy to find ingredients.

Personally, I think chicken drumsticks are one of the most under-rated parts of a chicken. They are easy to make, hard to overcook, simple but offer tons of flavor options, and are fun to eat. I love a good baked chicken drumstick with a nice crispy skin and great tasting sauce.

I absolutely love chicken drumsticks. If I am being honest, I love chicken in general, but if I had to choose a favorite part, it’d be drumsticks, hands down. They are perfect for those nights when you just want to get a quick meal on the table without the fuss of worrying about whether or not your chicken is going to get overcooked and dry.

Plus, they’re inexpensive, hard to overcook, and delicious. This oven-baked take on sesame chicken is an awesome way to highlight drumsticks. All you have to do is whisk together the marinade ingredients, pour it on, and bake it. Give it a brush halfway between the cooking time and you’ll get crispy skinned, juicy, super flavorful chicken. Done and done!

a baked sesame chicken drumstick being held

How Long Does It Take For Drumsticks To Cook In The Oven?

There is not one good answer for this question as drumsticks come in many different sizes. But typically, it takes 25 minutes to an hour to bake through. The goal is to bake them until the skin is crispy and the internal temperature reaches the safety zone of 165 degrees F.

I am a HUGE fan of cooking chicken with a meat thermometer, so you don’t overcook it, and so you get the perfect doneness every time. If you do not have one, then you will want to bake them in a preheated oven until they are no longer pink at the bone, and the juices run clear when you cut into them. BUT if you do, and in my opinion an instant-read thermometer really is the way to go, when it is inserted near the bone, it should read 165 degrees F.

Substitutions And Tips For Baked Chicken Drumsticks

  • If you don’t have sriracha, use any hot sauce.
  • Braggs amino acids can be used in place of soy, and is Paleo approved.
  • There is brown sugar, but feel free to use extra honey instead.
  • This recipe is easy to change, and versatile. Use it on chicken, pork, shrimp, etc.
  • If you like your chicken to be a little crispier, broil for about 5 minutes after baking. Keep a close eye on it so you don’t burn it, and flip it once so you get both sides crispy. Personally, I think this is the real key to baked chicken with skin. No one wants to eat something rubbery and gross, broiling crisps it up. Or, do as I do, and discard the skin before eating! Either way it is going to be delicious.

If you make this recipe, let us know. Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #theycallmemamad on Instagram so we can see. I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

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Honey Baked Sesame Chicken Drumsticks

Honey Baked Sesame Chicken Drumsticks are perfect for when you want great tasting Chinese food without all of the fat from the deep frying! Skip the take-out and try this easy homemade version instead – it’s unbelievably crisp, yet tender and finger lickin’ good!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword baked, chicken, drumsticks, honey, sesame oil
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10 about 3 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken drumsticks
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced

For The Sauce:

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine honey, soy sauce, ketchup, rice wine vinegar, corn starch, brown sugar, sesame oil, sriracha, sesame seeds, soy sauce, minced garlic, ginger and pepper.

  2. Pat drumsticks dry and place drumsticks to a large zip-top bag.

  3. Pour the honey sesame marinade over the chicken. Massage the bag after closing to ensure all of the chicken is coated.

  4. Refrigerate the chicken drumsticks in the marinade for at least 15 minutes. For optimal results and best flavor allow the chicken to marinate for 2-12 hours.

  5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil or a silicone baking mat, and spray with cooking spray.

  6. Arrange the chicken in an even layer on prepared baking sheet.

  7. Bake at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes

  8. Flip chicken over and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or so until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.



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