Sweet Lemon- Glazed Drumsticks

One week.  Nearly two years of hard work and now I’m down to just one week.  The Recipe Girl Cookbook will (officially) be released next Monday, and I’m thrilled to share one of the recipes from my book with you– and tell you a little bit more about the cookbook.  I wrote the book for people who might be looking for something different to make- focusing on easy and family-friendly, and I also wrote it for home cooks who might like to entertain a bit (even if they’re terrified to do so).  I wrote it with all of my readers in mind.   The recipe I’m sharing today:  Sweet Lemon-Glazed Drumsticks

Sweet Lemon Glazed Drumsticks

This is an example of a family-friendly recipe that’s included in my book.  I need my family to enjoy the food that I make in my kitchen, so that’s what I thought of when I was developing recipes for the book.  These drumsticks are delicious, but they’re also kid-friendly… the little ones enjoy picking things up with their fingers and eating them.  They’re equally appealing for both adults and kids.  And my boy wants you to know that  they’re “RecipeBoy approved!”

Sweet Lemon Glazed Drumsticks Marinade

The marinade is simple- nothing fancy.  Just a little bit of sweet combined with some other flavorful ingredients.

Sweet Lemon Glazed Drumsticks 1

The recipe is enough for 12 drumsticks, but you can certainly cut the recipe in half and make just 6.

Sweet Lemon Glazed Drumsticks 2

The chicken soaks up the flavors while marinating in the fridge.  If you don’t like fresh oregano, you can use fresh thyme.  And if you’re not into using fresh herbs, it’s okay to sprinkle in dried herbs instead.

Sweet Lemon Glazed Drumsticks - RecipeGirl.com

My family loves this recipe.  It’s so simple to prepare, and drumsticks are usually a pretty inexpensive part of the chicken.  Cheap and simple works for just about everyone, right?

A few fun facts about The Recipe Girl Cookbook:

  • There are 195 recipes in the book (about 150 are brand new, and the rest are website favorites).
  • There are recipes for all meals of the day- breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner, side dishes and dessert.
  • A “Change it Up” tip is included for each recipe- showing you how to change the recipe a little bit to make it something new.
  • I include icons that show if a recipe is gluten-free, dairy free, vegetarian (or adaptable).
  • 116 of the recipes in the book happen to be just naturally gluten-free (or easily adaptable- with tips on how to adapt).
  • There are 20-themed menus for entertaining (4th of July party, tailgate party, summer barbecue, simple anytime brunch, etc).  I focused on sharing simple, low-stress menus that anyone can handle.

There’s something for everyone in The Recipe Girl Cookbook!  You can pre-order it on Amazon, and they will deliver it to you… or you can pick it up in bookstores everywhere on April 15th 🙂

Yield: 12 drumsticks

Prep Time: 25 min + marinating time

Cook Time: 50 min

Sweet Lemon-Glazed Drumsticks


12 chicken drumsticks (skin-on)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 medium lemons- see tips)
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (oregano or thyme- or both!)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 medium clove)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry. Lay the drumsticks side-by-side in a 9x13-inch glass dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour the marinade over the chicken and turn it to coat completely. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour (or up to 4 hours). Turn the chicken every once in a while to reincorporate the marinade ingredients.

3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Drain the chicken from the marinade and transfer it to a roasting pan (or you can choose to bake it in the pan with the marinade). Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and juices run clear when pierced with a fork.


*This recipe is gluten-free adaptable: Use a brand of Dijon that is known to be GF.
*Zest your lemons before you juice them!

Source:  The Recipe Girl Cookbook (reprinted with permission from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

44 Responses to “Sweet Lemon- Glazed Drumsticks”

  1. postedApr 8, 2013 3:51 AM

    Congratulations Lori, if this recipe is anything to go by, your cookbook is going to be wonderful!

  2. postedApr 8, 2013 5:25 AM

    I love the sweetness of the honey and lemons add a nice light flavor! This is exactly what I am craving these days. Well, that and fries with cheese and bacon all over them!

  3. postedApr 8, 2013 6:06 AM
    Maria in NJ

    Congratulations Lori! are you doing a book tour?

  4. postedApr 8, 2013 6:14 AM

    These look wonderful! Glazed drumsticks are one of my favorite quick go-to dinners!

  5. postedApr 8, 2013 6:24 AM

    Great dinner idea Lori!! Love this!

  6. postedApr 8, 2013 7:00 AM

    Lori I am loving your cookbook! The recipes are unique but not complicated, exactly the kind of recipes I love to cook. Were you spying on me? I already have a bunch bookmarked for summer eats. Congrats. 195 recipes! Seriously.

  7. postedApr 8, 2013 7:31 AM

    Jon David just LOVES chicken legs for dinner. I can’t wait to make these for him!!

  8. postedApr 8, 2013 8:14 AM

    Got the grand kids coming over tomorrow and was looking for something different to cook. These wings will be perfect – will serve with a large fresh salad and coleslaw. Want the guys to eat healthily when they visit me – it’s just too easy to give them junk food!

  9. postedApr 8, 2013 8:21 AM

    This looks fabulous, Lori! I love easy yet delicious recipes for chicken like this!

  10. postedApr 8, 2013 9:03 AM

    These look like a winner! I make drumsticks often because all of the boys in my house love them, so this recipe is going to be made very soon! Just another reason for me to buy your cookbook!

  11. postedApr 8, 2013 9:20 AM

    This is right up my alley. I love chicken legs and all things lemon.

  12. postedApr 8, 2013 9:44 AM

    Yum. That looks really good. Can’t wait to see the cookbook.

  13. postedApr 8, 2013 10:55 AM

    Congrats on nearly crossing the finish line, Lori! And this recipe looks so fresh and flavorful. Perfect for spring!

  14. postedApr 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    I know I’d love this because I love all of the flavors you’ve put in it. Congrats again on the book!

  15. postedApr 8, 2013 12:32 PM

    These drumsticks look so delish, Lori! I love making them for quick, easy weeknight dinners and I’ve got to try your variation! Thanks for sharing.

  16. postedApr 8, 2013 1:38 PM

    I can’t wait until you book comes out, I know it is going to be a hit at my house!
    This chicken sounds wonderful. I know my whole family will love it, and it is quick to make!

  17. postedApr 8, 2013 3:16 PM

    These look wonderful, Lori! Can’t wait to try this one!

  18. postedApr 8, 2013 5:54 PM

    These look fantastic and congrats on yhe cookbook!

  19. postedApr 8, 2013 7:22 PM

    Oh I am so excited! Can’t wait to see what other recipes are in your book! These look great!

  20. postedApr 10, 2013 9:06 AM

    Congrats on the cookbook!
    This post reminds me of the glazed drumsticks my mother would often make for various picnics my family would go on while I was growing up. Nostalgia!

  21. postedApr 10, 2013 10:16 AM

    Sounds delicious! Loving these photos too. Beautiful.

  22. postedApr 10, 2013 4:51 PM

    That chicken looks so pretty! I love all those fresh ingredients. Yum, I cant wait to try it! 😀

  23. postedApr 11, 2013 8:14 AM

    Wow…these look delicious ! Can’t wait to see your cookbook 🙂

  24. postedApr 12, 2013 10:07 AM

    These look really yummy Lori!!

  25. postedApr 12, 2013 8:29 PM

    I just love this recipe. Delicious food with lemon, my fave.

    Congrats on the cookbook. I’m waiting patiently for mine to arrive. Okay that’s a lie, I’m waiting impatiently.

  26. postedApr 13, 2013 12:42 PM

    I can’t wait to try this one! I’m loving your book already and can’t wait for its official release this Monday!! Not only am I super excited to have the easier recipes with baby #2 on the way, your entertaining ideas at the end of the book are wonderful, as well. Congrats, again, Lori!!

  27. postedApr 14, 2013 10:51 AM
    La Torontoise

    Lori, congratulations!
    I have been following your blog for a very long time now, but could not write earlier. I admire your style; I tried out 7-8 recipes and they turned out big hits in my family.
    I’m residing now in Europe, eat organic most of the time, and love going to local farmer’s markets in search for fresh ingredients.
    I’m cooking now the lemon drumsticks.
    Thank you again!

  28. postedApr 14, 2013 12:21 PM

    Congratulations on your cookbook. If the rest of the recipes are as tasty as the recipes I find on your blog, I’m sure it will be a hit.

  29. postedApr 16, 2013 7:10 PM

    These sound amazing and I can’t wait to buy your cookbook Lori!

  30. postedApr 18, 2013 5:41 AM
    open hospitality point of sale

    Wow, this sounds easy yet so delicious! Will definitely try out making one at home. Thanks for the great share!

  31. postedApr 28, 2013 2:56 AM

    Lori, this is really yummy!

  32. postedApr 30, 2013 6:25 AM
    Teresa O

    Looks so good! Pinning it for later this week. Think I’ll cut up a whole chicken instead.

  33. postedSep 24, 2013 11:39 PM

    Hi Recipe Girl,

    How would we have to cook this in the slow cooker?

    Thank you!

    • postedSep 26, 2013 8:16 AM

      I’m not sure- I didn’t create this as a slow cooker recipe.

  34. postedDec 12, 2013 8:34 PM

    Thanks Lori, I am a beginner in cooking & i have a question
    do you cover the pan while baking? if not, doesn’t the chicken get dry with all the vapor going away.

    • postedDec 14, 2013 7:35 AM

      No, you do not need to cover.

  35. postedJan 2, 2014 5:22 AM

    Do you think this would work with chicken thighs? If so would the cooking time change?
    Thank you and can’t wait to try!

    • postedJan 2, 2014 8:11 AM

      Sure- and I’m not sure on the cooking time since I haven’t tried it with thighs yet.

  36. postedJan 7, 2014 1:04 PM

    This recipe sounds fantastic! Love the plate you used to photograph it, too!

  37. postedApr 24, 2014 12:03 AM

    Will the recipe still work if I omit the dujon mustard? Im not a big fan if mustard

    • postedApr 24, 2014 7:50 AM

      Well, I’m sure it would “work,” but the Dijon is a big flavor factor here, so I’m not sure how it sill taste.

  38. postedAug 2, 2014 11:16 AM

    THIS. RECIPE. IS. AMAZING. Made this last week…re-peating again this week. So delicious, so easy to follow and did I mention delicious. Love it. Love it. Love it.

  39. postedSep 12, 2014 11:13 PM

    Discovered this recipe a few months ago and it’s already a favorite. First time I made it with drumsticks, it was awesome. However it was super messy to eat (the drumsticks were so slippery. haha) so the next few times I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, which I cut into thirds or quarters. Came out perfectly delicious and much easier to eat 🙂 I also baked in in the marinade, as it cooked it made a yummy sauce to put on rice. Thanks for this terrific recipe, it’s definitely now in my ‘favorites’ list!

  40. postedDec 3, 2014 6:36 PM

    Great recipe! Cooked in marinade, and without ski! One of my favorites!

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