Honey Butter Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

Honey Butter Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

The Spruce / Loren Runion

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Servings: 4 to 6 servings

These roasted drumsticks are a super quick and easy five-ingredient recipe. You can either roast or grill the chicken legs while you baste them with the sweet and savory sauce of butter, honey, soy sauce, and garlic.

This recipe can be made with chicken breasts or chicken thighs if you'd like. The chicken breasts won't take as long to cook since white meat cooks more quickly than dark meat. Just use your trusty instant-read meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165 F.

This recipe can be doubled if you need to serve a crowd. Just make sure to turn the drumsticks carefully, so they don't burn, and watch them, especially when the end of cooking time nears.

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Honey Butter Roasted Chicken Drumsticks ingredients

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  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with sides with foil and place the drumsticks on the foil.

    chicken drumsticks on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet

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  3. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, honey, soy sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

    melted butter, honey, soy sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl

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  4. Brush about half of the marinade on the drumsticks.

    brush the chicken drumsticks with the marinade

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  5. Bake the chicken for 20 minutes, and then carefully turn the drumsticks over with tongs and brush with the remaining butter mixture. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer registers 165 F.

    Honey Butter Roasted Chicken Drumsticks on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet

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Grilling Method

  • To grill the drumsticks, prepare and preheat an outdoor gas or electric grill for indirect cooking. Grill the drumsticks for 15 minutes, covered, then turn, cover, and grill for 15 minutes more.
  • Uncover the chicken and brush with the sauce frequently, grilling until golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes longer until thermometer registers 165 F. Discard any remaining sauce.

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