Honey- Molasses Chicken Drumsticks

Honey- Molasses Chicken Drumsticks

Yield: 3 servings (2 drumsticks per serving)

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Honey- Molasses Chicken Drumsticks


1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon olive oil
6 chicken drumsticks, skin removed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl; whisk together and set aside.

2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan, browning on all sides. Add honey mixture to pan, turning chicken to coat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 15 minutes or until chicken is done, turning chicken every 5 minutes. Uncover and cook an additional minute or until mixture is thick and darker color, and the chicken is well coated. Remove from heat; serve immediately, or cool before refrigerating.


*Nifty tip: Before measuring out your honey, spray your measuring spoon with nonstick spray. The honey won't stick to the spoon and it will slide right off!
*I didn't include the nutritional info on this once since Cooking Light shared it as "6 servings- 1 chicken drumstick per serving." I don't see how one chicken drumstick could possibly be enough to for one serving, but check the original recipe if you need the nutritional info.

36 Responses to “Honey- Molasses Chicken Drumsticks”

  1. postedJun 20, 2009 7:47 AM

    I love this recipe. And so do my kids. It’s a good way for kids to eat chicken that didn’t have to drown in oil.

  2. postedMay 16, 2013 7:14 AM

    That Tbsp of Molasses also offers 5% of your daily Iron requirements and none of the fat at all.

  3. postedMay 17, 2013 6:36 AM

    I’ve never made skinless legs, everybody fights for the flavorful skin! 😀

  4. postedJul 8, 2013 6:10 PM

    Wonderful chicken. I have made a ton of chicken recipes and this one is by far my favourite! So yummy. This one is a keeper.

  5. postedJul 21, 2013 2:56 PM

    I’m making this for tonights dinner keep y’all posted on results!

  6. postedJul 23, 2013 6:58 AM

    cooked this the other night for dinner my family loved it this will make the dinner table again!Thx

  7. postedAug 14, 2013 9:02 PM

    This recipe is great. The while family and a teen friend loved this. This is a keeper.

  8. postedSep 23, 2013 6:07 PM
    Linda Hielscher

    Hi Lori, I made these for my family tonight and they all gave it thumbs up. Very good, and easy to make. I love sweet and savory! Now just do a tutorial on how to easily remove skin from chicken legs. 🙂

  9. postedOct 8, 2013 6:52 PM

    Could I substitute chicken breast?

    • postedOct 8, 2013 8:03 PM

      I have not made this recipe with chicken breast, but it might make a nice marinade!

  10. postedOct 19, 2013 1:28 PM

    Sounds good! Quick question, what kind of side dish would you serve with this chicken?

    • postedOct 21, 2013 7:54 AM

      Rice and broccoli!

  11. postedNov 11, 2013 12:26 PM

    Do I have to take the skin off? I want to make this for dinner tonight but my husband an child loves the skin! Could I make or the same way even with the skin on?

    • postedNov 11, 2013 4:48 PM

      That’s completely up to you!

  12. postedNov 25, 2013 5:36 PM

    I baked the chicken legs in the oven…meat fell right off of the bone.

  13. postedDec 16, 2013 8:31 AM
    Jessica Compton

    Found this on Parade.com and am so excited to try it! My 6 year old is quite picky, but I think even he will like this one!

  14. postedDec 29, 2013 10:31 PM

    Easy and delicious…thanks for posting, was exactly what I was looking for!

  15. postedJan 5, 2014 5:15 PM

    This sounds so yummy!! Would there need to be any additional liquid to do in a crockpot & how long would you cook them? Maybe 6 hours on low? Looking for easy crockpot chicken recipes but this sounds so good! Thanks!

    • postedJan 5, 2014 8:16 PM

      I have not done these in the slow cooker, so I’m not sure!

  16. postedJan 10, 2014 4:22 PM

    Just made these tonight!! OMG…YUM!! I don’t have access to my stove right now so I just mixed up the sauce, poured over the chicken in a baking dish & baked it. 350 degrees for about 50 minutes & then let sit for another 5 minutes. PERFECT!! Sautéed some kale & had a delicious dinner. I will be trying in my crockpot next time! Thanks for an amazing quick & easy dinner!!

  17. postedJan 11, 2014 3:51 PM

    Prepared this for my wife and daughter!!! They said: I am the man!!! I look forward to trying your other 2599 recipes. Cheers!

    • postedJan 13, 2014 2:50 PM

      That’s so great to hear!

  18. postedJan 18, 2014 1:19 PM
    Sterling Draper

    Yummy! This is a keeper. 🙂 The sauce is amazing.
    You do a great job as a food blogger, and I hope to be able to pick up some tips from you via your pintrest board. I’m a new Mommy and trying to work from home while raising my daughter.
    You are an inspiration!

  19. postedJan 24, 2014 4:01 PM

    I tried this tonight and after following the directions as listed, was terribly disappointed. The chicken looked light brown like the picture, but was underdone. The sauce was boring. None of my 5 children were interested in eating it. Major dinner fail, but we muddled through it.

    Since we only ate half of the meal, and I wanted to salvage the leftovers, I covered the remaining drumsticks and put it on high for about 10 minutes (I forgot I had turned the burner back on). When I smelled a slight burning smell I remembered the chicken and opened it. Voila. Gorgeous sticky dark brown glazed chicken legs. My husband ate one and deemed it delicious, and a meal worth making again (which I will).

    My suggestion would be to make sure the sauce is VERY brown (almost black) and sticky, rather than going by a certain amount of time. And I’d also suggest turning up the heat!

  20. postedFeb 25, 2014 1:52 PM

    I’m a nanny for a family of four and I eat very differently than they do. I eat a lot of traditional (I guess cultural) meals with marrow bones, animal organ meats, and tons of salads. I always find it hard to come up with homemade “country-loving” food that the kids will go for, as their parents cook mostly pasta and microwave foods. This is a great idea for a simple evening meal with REAL food! The family didn’t have molasses, but I just omitted it (I’ll put it on the list for next time). Serving it tonight with sweet potato casserole, a side of peas and carrots!

    • postedFeb 26, 2014 10:06 AM

      so happy to help!

  21. postedApr 16, 2014 4:55 PM

    Way too sweet! Next time I’ll eliminate brown sugar or honey, maybe add a little more mustard or vinegar.

  22. postedJul 14, 2014 1:57 PM

    This recipe looks great… but I ran out of dijon mustard. Is there anything I can use instead of the mustard? Cider vinegar maybe with a little mustard powder? Just don’t want it to be too spicy for the kids!

    • postedJul 24, 2014 1:40 PM

      Sorry for the late reply- I was away on vacation. Did you try it as you mentioned?

  23. postedJul 30, 2014 3:12 PM

    Can I do it in the fryer

    • postedAug 5, 2014 7:48 PM

      This isn’t a recipe that is meant for the fryer.

  24. postedDec 13, 2014 2:09 PM

    I’m about to try this, but using the oven, for my family dinner tonight. Thanks for the recipe! I do have to say though, it’s a but funny to see a McDonald’s advertisement, or `nasty burger` advertisement, as my kids call it lol

    • postedDec 15, 2014 7:59 PM

      Sorry about that!

  25. postedFeb 11, 2016 5:27 PM
    Linda Hielscher

    I love your recipes Lori!  This one did not disappoint, the chicken was delicious but the sauce was the highlight of the recipe.  Bravo … another gourmet meal!!  

  26. postedFeb 18, 2016 1:42 PM

    Hi! Is there a substitute for the molasses? I don’t have that readily available. Thanks!

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