Rating: 3.5 stars
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0

This chicken is good and garlicky with a hint of sweetness. The honey coating becomes rich, sticky, and crispy in the oven, but if you want to go healthier, remove the skins. This works well in the winter served hot, or make ahead and serve cold at a picnic. It's delicious right away, or for more flavor allow it to marinate over night.

Recipe Summary

1 hr
1 hr 5 mins
5 mins
12 drumsticks


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Combine orange juice, honey, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Add chicken; coat thoroughly. Place chicken, skin side down, in a baking pan. Reserve the honey mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes; remove from oven. Turn chicken skin side up; baste with honey mixture. Bake, basting once, until chicken is no longer pink and an instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Chicken thighs can be substituted for chicken drumsticks.

I've used both garlic powder and 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced. It seems to have more flavor with the powder. You can also substitute a mild curry powder for the garlic powder.

If you choose to marinate the chicken, combine all of the ingredients in a large, resealable plastic bag and refrigerate for 8 hours to overnight.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of sauce ingredients. The actual amount of sauce consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

164 calories; protein 20.2g; carbohydrates 7g; fat 5.7g; cholesterol 66.1mg; sodium 227.3mg. Full Nutrition