Spicy Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Honey

Sticky, Sweet, Tangy, Spicy Chicken Drumsticks, what’s not to love!  I love this recipe and my family often requests for me to make this. The recipe is so easy, I never actually have the time to marinate the chicken and it still comes out flavorful and tender.

My Tips:

  • Use a cast iron skillet for this if you have one
  • If your pan is large enough peel, cube and then soak and drain cubed potatoes or sweet potatoes and pan fry them along with the chicken, it will become a one pan meal
  • the honey, crushed chili peppers, and lemon juice at the end is the finishing touch, it gives the chicken its finished sticky tangy glaze

The Recipe:

I found this on a great Canadian Food Blog:  http://foudefoodmtl.com/eatsathome/spicy-roasted-chicken-drumsticks-with-honey

click on the link above or see recipe below which I have slightly adapted


  • 7 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp smoked chipotle powder (next time I’ll actually use a lot more to take the heat level up another few notches)
  • 2 Tbls. paprika
  • 2 Tbls. sea salt flakes
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • pinch of cinammon
  • 1-2 small sweet potatoes (optional)
  • honey , lemon wedges, and chili flakes

The Method: Combine the spice rub ingredients (everything except for the honey and chili flakes) in a small bowl. Coat the drumsticks with the rub and marinate for at least 2 hours if time permits. Heat a bit of olive oil in a cast iron pan over high heat. Add the drumsticks and brown them for 3 minutes, turning constantly. Lower the heat to medium and continue browning them for another 3 minutes. Tip: This first browning step is key. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes or until the skin is crispy (flip them every 7 minutes or so). I set my oven to “convection roast” at 425 degrees (adjust yours accordingly).Remove the drumsticks from the oven and tent them under foil on a serving plate for about 7 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges and honey and chili flakes in it.

The Result

The salty, spicy chicken, the tangy lemon and the sweet honey melded together to create a veritable party in my mouth.


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