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Honey Soy Baked Chicken Drumstick on a white plate.
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Honey Soy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

This Baked Chicken Drumsticks recipe produces juicy and delicious roasted chicken legs every time. Seasoned with a simple 5-ingredient Asian inspired marinade, these baked chicken legs are the perfect crowd pleasing, kid-friendly meal!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword Baked Chicken Drumsticks
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Marinate 30 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 416kcal


  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed or grated
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 pounds chicken drumsticks (about 12 drumsticks)
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced for garnish (optional)


  • In a large zip top bag, combine the garlic, ginger, oil, soy sauce, honey and ground black pepper. I massage the bottom of the bag to make sure the honey blends well with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Place the chicken drumsticks into the zip top bag, close and shake the bag to make sure all the chicken pieces get coated with the marinade. I like to massage the chicken a bit just to make sure the marinade penetrates every piece of chicken. Marinate for 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the chicken in a single layer on a baking pan or rimmed baking sheet (the marinade leftover in the bag can also be placed on the baking pan).
  • Bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes or until cooked through. 



  • Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees before its consumption.
  • If you don't have fresh ginger, you can use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of ground ginger.
  • Periodically, check on the chicken as it cooks. If the marinade seems to be drying up in the baking dish, add about 1/4 cup of chicken broth.
  • If marinating the chicken for longer than 30 minutes, place the marinated chicken in the refrigerator. Remove the chilled marinated chicken from the fridge about 20-30 minutes before baking so the chicken pieces have time to come to room temperature.


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 714mg | Potassium: 490mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.6mg