Honey Soy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

That delicious-looking caramelized color and the dark brown glaze on the drumsticks call out to you. To make an easy dinner or party snack, add these Honey Soy Baked Chicken Drumsticks to your go-to recipe list.

Chicken Drumsticks baked in a coat of Honey, Soy sauce, chili sauce giving a caramelized glaze in a pan.

These baked chicken drumsticks have a wonderful sweet, sour glaze on the outsides. The outside is a dark brown and slightly crisp. The meat is cooked well and thoroughly, so each bite has a caramelized baked crisp with juicy meat inside.

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Soy sauce gives a lot to meat. Being an acidic liquid, it helps tenderize chicken drumsticks and adds flavor. As this is used with honey to coat the chicken drumsticks,  it helps give a glaze to the outside while not letting you forget the taste of the meat inside.

Honey being thick, acts as a wonderful coat for the drumsticks. It imparts sweetness and, added with some brown sugar, balances the sourness of the soy sauce.

I have used sambal oelek to give a little heat to counter the sour and sweet flavor and balance the taste. Sambal is a simple Indonesian chili paste made of four ingredients – chili peppers, water, vinegar, and salt. It is slightly different from sriracha sauce as it has no sugar. You can use any other chili paste instead.


Picture of ingredients needed to make asian-inspired baked chicken drumstick.
  • Chicken drumsticks – Recommend using skinless drumsticks. Since this recipe uses a wet sauce like a marinade, the sauce will make the skin soggy, and you will not get the desired slightly crisp exterior of the drumstick.
  • Soy sauce – Use a good quality soy sauce. Soy sauce is easily available in most nearby stores in the Asian section.
  • Ginger and Garlic – I have used minced ginger and garlic for flavor
  • Oil – Have used regular cooking oil
  • Sambal Oelek – Gives baked drumstick an Asian-inspired taste and flavor. Added a little to provide some heat. You may substitute it with any chili paste.
Close up of Honey soy baked chicken drumsticks garnished with green onion slices. Served with roasted broccoli and bell pepper.

Make baked drumsticks

Baking chicken drumsticks is very easy. This recipe does not call for long marination. Chicken drumsticks remain moist after baking and also soak up all the flavors.

The ingredients needed to coat and mix with the chicken drumsticks – Soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, chili sauce, and oil, need to be mixed in a small bowl.

Apply the wet sauce all around the drumsticks using a brush.

Preheat the oven to 200 °C or 400 °F.  Put the pan containing the drumsticks and bake at 200 °C or 400 °F for 40 minutes. At around 25 minutes, take the pan out and flip the drumsticks to get even cooking on all sides.

Garnish with mustard and minced green onions.

This recipe does not need salt because soy sauce and sambal are salty enough.

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Baked honey soy chicken drumstick

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 5 servings


  • 1 kg Chicken drumstick
  • ¼ cup Low sodium soy sauce
  • cup Light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Sambal oelek or any other chili paste/hot sauce.
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon Oil


  • Pre-heat oven to 200 C /400 F.
  • Add all the ingredients except drumsticks to an oven-safe dish. Mix well.
  • Add chicken drumsticks, coat well with the sauce. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven, brush the marinade and put the pan back in the oven. Bake it for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Garnish it with green onions and toasted sesame.



  1. You can use any other hot sauce instead of sambal oleke. Adjust the amount of hot sauce as per your taste. 
  2. I prefer using skinless drumsticks for this recipe. Chicken drumsticks with skin when baked in a wet sauce, then the skin doesn’t get crisp, it remains soggy. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 570mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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