These sweet and sticky honey soy chicken drumsticks are an absolute hit. Even my children who can be fussy, absolutely devoured them! With a bit of forward planning these are an easy and light midweek meal. At least, it definitely will be in our house.
I’ve always felt that with my children it’s really important to get them trying different things. We’ve always taken the stance that, from when they could, they’d eat what we eat. Yeah okay we’re going through a bit of a fussy stage right now but they’re not a miss to eating hot curries or Mexican or goodness knows what. Constance is (only just) 4 and Theodore is 2 next month.
One cuisine we’ve been pushing even ourselves to eat more of is Chinese and south east Asian food. It’s been a decade since I last visited China. Working for P&O cruises I had an absolute blast visiting these beautiful countries and trying their different foods and experiencing their cultures. However Chinese over here is something I’ve rarely taken advantage of. Our go to takeaways are Indian food and Chinese has really been at the bottom of the list.
I’ve really wanted to push myself to try and make something that would be a hit with the whole family. Something that’s fun to eat, healthy and nutritious. You know what? This dish is. Constance and Theodore looked like sticky, messy carnivores with their drumstick in hands and sticky honey soy glaze around their chops. We ate it with a homemade egg fried rice and it translated into such a light meal that was just really easy to eat.
How to make Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks
Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks are super easy to make, however if you’re going to make them you need to have a bit of time to marinade. Planning is key for this one!
Preparing the honey soy marinade for this dish and the smells coming from the marinade bowl just took me straight back to the street markets in Hong Kong. It’s funny what the smell of something like toasted sesame oil can do right?
The Asian honey soy marinade is so simple! Ingredients, in a bowl and mixed. Done. Chuck it in a zip top back with a kilo of chicken drumsticks. Done. Leave it alone for a few hours. Done. Chuck it in the oven. Done. It’s really just 4 steps?!
So, here it is! Eat it with egg fried rice and enjoy!
Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks
- 1 kg chicken drumsticks, bone in & skin on
- 1 green chilli, sliced
- sesame seeds for finishing
For The Marinade / Glaze
- 2 tbsp honey
- 4 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
- 1 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
3 hours before cooking
- Combine the honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, lemon juice, garlic powder &, fresh grated ginger in a bowl.
- Add your chicken drumsticks to a zip lock bag large enough to be able to lay them flat, pour the marinade into the zip lock back and give a good shake, ensuring most chicken has been covered, Leave to marinade in the fridge for 3 hours, turning every now and again.
When you're ready to cook
- Pre Heat your oven to 200°C
- Pour your chicken and marinade into a baking tray. Using a pastry brush make sure each of the chicken legs is covered. Cover the tray with tin foil and bake for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove the tin foil and turn the legs. Using the pastry brush, pick up as much of the marinade from the edges of the tray as you can and brush the legs. The edges will likely be the hottest parts of the tray and the marinade will begin turning into a glaze as it bakes. Bake again for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, repeat the glazing step and then stick the tray under the grill (or broiler) for 5 minutes to crisp up the skin.
- Finally, add one more coat of glaze to the chicken, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with sliced spring onion and sliced green chilli. We love this with egg fried rice!