Chicken Drumsticks in a Honey Hoisin Sauce


It feels like a lifetime since I’ve made a recipe and blogged about it. Last week was super busy – I had the most wonderful Thanksgiving! It couldn’t have been better. I actually made some things that I wanted to blog about, but I was having so much fun with my aunt and uncle and cousins, I just didn’t take the time to even get on the computer.

I thought I would make something tonight for dinner that maybe, just maybe, my daughter would enjoy. She’s quite picky for a 17 year old. I’m happy to say, she loved what I made for dinner tonight and asked me to write it in the cookbook that I started for her. It’s filling up with all the recipes she enjoys the most and wants to keep.

Most of the time, I enjoy chicken breasts – I do find myself enjoying the occasional chicken thigh as of late. Tonight, I made chicken drumsticks and whisked together a sauce made up of hoisin, honey, minced (jarred) garlic, the zest and juice of one lime, ground mustard and red pepper flakes.

I made sure to pat my drumsticks dry with a paper towel before brushing them with olive oil and sprinkling them with kosher salt, pepper and garlic powder.

I placed them in a preheated 375 degree oven for a total cooking time of an hour. I started with 30 minutes and after that time was up, I turned them and placed them back in the oven for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes was up, I brushed them with my sauce and continued to bake them for another 15 minutes.

The amount of sauce I made was just enough to brush on the drumsticks. If you’d like extra for serving, increase the amounts. Next time, I will do this.

When they were done, I sprinkled chopped green onions over them and served them with nothing more than white rice. It was delicious!


  • 10 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (from the jar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place chicken on a sheet pan and pat dry with a paper towel. Brush the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place in the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, pull the chicken out and turn drumsticks over. Place them back in the oven for 15 minutes.

In a large measuring cup, whisk together honey, hoisin sauce, zest and juice of lime, minced garlic, ground mustard and red pepper flakes.

Brush drumsticks with sauce and place back in the oven for the last 15 minutes of cooking time.


Until next time, Kris




Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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