Honey sriracha chicken that’s baked so tender the meat falls off the bone. The sticky glaze is made with a perfect blend of tangy, spicy, and sweet.

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About Sticky Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks

Earlier this week, I sent an old friend of mine to the grocery store to pick up some items I needed to make his not-just-plain-steak steak dinner.

I normally wouldn’t have asked, but being the klutz that I am I managed to injure my knee the night before. Because apparently “sitting down in bed” is an activity I should have approached with more caution.

So while I was stranded on the couch with an ice pack, he went off to the grocery store with my very specific set of instructions. And being the awesome guy that he is, he managed to find every time on the list. He even scored me some free cooking twine.

He also brought home something that wasn’t on the list:

A whole roasted chicken for us to have for lunch.

Now, I don’t usually eat a lot of “bone in” chicken (is that a thing?) but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that every time we go to the grocery store my guy will always leave with some chicken from the deli. Sometimes it’s fried, sometimes baked, or sometimes grilled – the method doesn’t seem to matter to him as long as drumsticks and wings are involved.

And I guess the grocery store deli is the only place he can get his fix, because I only ever buy chicken breasts. It never even crossed my mind to pick up a different type of chicken.

The next day, my knee was healed enough to do our regular grocery shopping, and while I was there I decided I would give him a treat for being such a good sport with my shopping demands: I would bravely step outside of my chicken-breast-comfort-zone and try to cook him some drumsticks.

And I’m not going to lie to you: The reason why I don’t eat a lot of drumsticks and wings because they’re messy.

So when I finally decided I was going to give this recipe a try, I figured my goal should be just to go big or go home.

Sticky Honey Sriracha Drumsticks! Honey sriracha chicken that's baked so tender the meat falls off the bone. The sticky glaze is made with a perfect blend of tangy, spicy, and sweet. | HomemadeHooplah.com

Because if I’m going to eat a messy food, then it’s going to be deliciously and gloriously messy. Like so messy that if I don’t have sauce on my forehead and right knee (and everywhere inbetween) then I obviously didn’t do something right. And the first image that came to my mind to fit that description?

Those uber sticky chicken drumsticks with the dark and gooey coating.

Sticky Honey Sriracha Drumsticks! Honey sriracha chicken that's baked so tender the meat falls off the bone. The sticky glaze is made with a perfect blend of tangy, spicy, and sweet. | HomemadeHooplah.com

I set off to google a couple different recipes to get the cooking method down, but in the end I opted to adapt this honey sriracha sauce as the glaze. I almost went crazy and made some sriracha cream sauce for dipping, but I already knew that me eating these drumsticks would be like a reenactment of a scene from Quest of Fire.

No need to add something else that’ll just end up running down the front of my shirt.

But, I still think having that as a dipping sauce would be a killer idea.

I guess there’s always next time!

And I’m happy to say, there will so totally be a next time that I make this, because my take on sticky chicken drumsticks as a huge success. The chicken was extremely tender, to the point where it was falling off the bone as I served our plates. The sauce was just the right balance of tangy, sweet, and spicy, but the recipe is flexible enough to customize it to your tastes.

And the best part? All my fussing about this being messy meal ended up being for nothing. The worst of it was just a few sticky fingers and a little sauce on my nose. I think I can handle that.

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Recipe Details

Sticky Honey Sriracha Drumsticks! Honey sriracha chicken that's baked so tender the meat falls off the bone. The sticky glaze is made with a perfect blend of tangy, spicy, and sweet. | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.17 from 6 votes

Sticky Honey Sriracha Drumsticks

10 mins prep + 45 mins cook
349 kcal
Yields: 5 drumsticks
Honey sriracha chicken that's baked so tender the meat falls off the bone. The sticky glaze is made with a perfect blend of tangy, spicy, and sweet.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Prepare drumsticks by rinsing with water and patting dry with a paper towel. If desired, remove skin. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add balsamic vinegar, honey, sriracha, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic. Whisk together until smooth. Taste test sauce - if you'd like it spicy, add another tablespoon of sriracha. If you'd like it sweeter, add another tablespoon of honey.
  • Pour honey sriracha marinade in a large Ziploc bag. Add drumsticks and toss to coat. Squeeze excess air out of bag and seal. Let chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, turning half way through if possible.
  • Preheat oven to 450 F. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil. Place an oven safe rack (sterling silver, not black coated) on top of the foil, so that the setup creates a makeshift grill.
  • Place drumsticks on rack setup and set bag with marinade to the side (do not throw away). Bake drumsticks in the oven for 30 minutes or until outside of chicken is caramelized and there are few dark spots.
  • While chicken cooks, pour marinade in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue to heat marinade so that there are vigorous bubbles but sauce is not boiling over. Let sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Sauce is ready once bubbles have become big & slow, sauce seems "spotted" (with bubbles), and the sauce can coat the back of a spoon. Set heat to low while chicken finishes.
  • When ready, remove chicken from oven. Using a baster brush, coat both sides of the dumbsticks with the thickened marinade. Return chicken to oven and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 921mg | Potassium: 355mg | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.4mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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30 comments

    • Wayne
    • 5 stars

    This meal was delicious. Just the right amount of sweet sticky and a kick at the end. Served with rice and broccoli 🥦.

    Recomend this recipe …..

    • nicole (thespicetrain.com)

    I know what you’re talking about, “sitting down in bed” has proven treacherous for me in the past as well. “Closing the door” is another high-risk activity for me that has been known to end in stitches…. 🙂 But my mind is now firmly focused on these drumsticks, they look absolutely IRRESISTIBLE!

    • Tanya Shankles
    • 5 stars

    I made this tonight, flavor was good but being in a hurry I didn’t marinade long enough, only 30 minutes, so the inside of the chicken was a bit bland but that’s my fault. If I could change one thing, I think it would be to drizzle fresh lime or lemon juice over the chicken before putting it in the marinade, but I love cooking with lime lol… Thank you love this recipe!

    • Divya
    • 5 stars

    hii…thnx a ton for this recipe.it was quick n easy n super delicious…i made it today for a cousin who visited us n he luvd it.my kids couldnt stop having it.i added some more spice to it as v Indians prefer it a lil spicy..i can c many more recipes tht i wud like to try.wil msg u once i do…luv from India…

    • Alicia

    Hi Chrisy, I wanted to make this recipe but I do not have any balsamic/red wine vinegar at hand at the moment. Is it possible to substitute it with anything else?

    • Mallory

    Do you put the same marinade (that the raw chicken was in) in the sauce pan to boil? Or is this separate?

    • Hey Mallory! The sauce that’s cooked is the same sauce the chicken marinated in. The cooking thickens the sauce but also “cooks out” any concern of it having touched the raw chicken.

    • Patty

    I’ve been experimenting with a few spicy sweet sticky chicken recipes and this has been our clear favorite. From experience don’t have the sauce on high to boil and then walk away…

    • 😀 Patty, your comment seriously made my day, thank you! This is a favorite in our house too – though I have to admit I haven’t always been the best at watching the sauce, either. I usually get distracted by a side dishes 🙂

    • Erin @ Thanks for Cookin’!

    This recipe was AWESOME! Drumsticks are my favorite part of the chicken. I bought a huge bag last week and have been looking for new recipes ever since. My an old friend of mine and I LOVED these sticky drumsticks!

    • Awesome!! I’m so glad you guys liked it 😀

    • Thanks Valerie! I’ll be sure to check out yours as well 😀

    • Christian Tipton

    Looks great, I’m always looking for new ways to cook. I don’t really care to much about brown sugar, so would I have to increase the amount of honey for the recipe.

    • Hannah

    Made these for my family and they were a huge success! The marinade/glaze is absolutely wonderful, although I did have to double the amount of Sriracha used in order to get an actual spicy flavor. We Texans like our heat! Haha great recipe though. I already have requests to make it again 🙂

    • Elizabeth

    My an old friend of mine loves sriracha, so I know this would be a big hit at our house. The glaze looks so perfect in these photos!

    • Thank you Elizabeth! The glaze was surprisingly easy – I hope you guys like it!

    • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I can tell just by looking at the images how delicious that sticky glaze must have been. I definitely can see myself making the recipe!

    • Thank you Thalia! If you make it, I hope it turns out great 😀

    • Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits

    Chrisy, they look really tasty, I love a proper sticky glaze on my drumsticks!

    • Laura @MotherWouldKnow

    Definitely have to make this, as my an old friend of mine reaches for the bottle of Sriracha more often than anything else in the refrigerator. Love how the glaze gets so shiny – pretty as well as tasty.

    • Thank you Laura! Sometimes it seems like sriracha can go on just about anything 😀

    • Katie @ Recipe for Perfection

    Mmm… gloriously sticky and yummy!

    • Thank you Katie! They certainly were 😀

    • Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

    I’m not usually a big fan of spicy food however these are definitely making me rethink that. They look amazing!

    • I agree with you on the spice, Kathryn – the only way I can do sriracha is with the extra honey and sugar. At least that way you get the “taste” without all the burn.

    • Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Wow! I made a honey-Sriracha chicken recipe the other day, but I think you have me beat! How awesome does this look?! PS. Love the edamame in the background, my daughter and I eat them for breakfast 🙂

    • Edamame is one of my favorite snack foods, too 😀 I ate most of it while I waited for the chicken to cook – had to stop myself to make sure there’d still be some for the photo.