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Honey Sesame Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

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This Honey Sesame Chicken Drumsticks recipe is a quick and easy weeknight meal or Game Day treat, not to mention friendly on the budget! Easy to make on the stovetop in about 30 minutes this is about to become your favorite Asian-inspired chicken recipe!

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These Honey Sesame Chicken Drumsticks are frequently on our weekly menu served with some fried rice and an Asian-inspired snap pea salad. But I must admit, I’m usually doubling this recipe– it’s that good!

The sauce is so delicious that I sometimes replace the drumsticks with chicken thighs or even wings for game nights in front of the television.


Here is a quick list of what you’ll need to make this easy chicken drumstick recipe

  • Chicken Drumsticks
  • Sesame Oil
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Rice Wine (or Cooking Sherry if you keep it in the house and can’t find rice wine)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Runny Honey (or Pure Maple Syrup)
  • Fresh Chopped Scallions
  • Chives, Parsley or Cilantro
  • Sesame Seeds

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you recommend cooking these drumsticks in?

All you need is a large nonstick skillet with a lid. A cast iron skillet gives this chicken a delicious sear and is my preference for this recipe. But any nonstick skillet you have on hand will work too.

Do I need to remove the skin before cooking the chicken?

I prefer to in this recipe as you’re not making the skin go crispy in this recipe.

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Honey Sesame Chicken Drumsticks

This Honey Sesame Chicken Drumsticks recipe is a quick and easy weeknight meal, not to mention friendly on the budget. Easy to make on the stovetop in about 30 minutes.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons scallions (or chives), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  • In a large nonstick skillet, brown chicken on high for 3-4 minutes. Add water, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, rice wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and honey. Cook on high until the liquid comes to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove cover and bring heat to high, allowing the sauce to reduce, about 5-10 minutes, until it becomes thick, turning chicken occasionally.  Top with chives and sesame seeds and serve.


I prefer to removed the skin in this recipe as you’re not making it go crispy, if your drumsticks come with it still attached. 


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 962mg | Potassium: 411mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, American
Keyword: chicken drumsticks recipe

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