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cutting board topped with chicken drumsticks coated in honey chipotle sauce
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Honey Chipotle Chicken Drumsticks

Sweet honey lends just the right amount of sweetness to smoky and spicy chipotle peppers in this recipe for honey chipotle chicken drumsticks.
Course Entrees, Main Courses, Main Dishes
Cuisine American, Mexican
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 210kcal
Author Lisa B.


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 whole chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium bowl, combine oil, cumin, and paprika. Stir until combined.
  • Place drumsticks in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour spice mixture over the chicken. Toss until evenly coated.
  • In a blender or food processor, puree the honey, chipotle peppers, mustard, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste. Reserve half the sauce for basting.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Arrange the drumsticks on a greased backing rack over a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Baste chicken with the reserved honey chipotle sauce, flip, and baste the other side. Cook for an additional 20-30 minutes or until juices run clear.
  • Alternately, prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Place chicken on the heated grill and cook for 10-15 minutes. Bast with honey chipotle sauce, flip drumsticks, and baste the other side with sauce. Grill for an additional 10-15 minutes or until juices run clear.
  • Before serving, coat with additional honey chipotle sauce or arrange drumsticks on a platter with sauce on the side.



Storage. Transfer any leftover chicken legs into an airtight container with a lid. Store in the refrigerator and consume within four days.
Freezing. Place chicken legs in a resealable plastic bag or vacuum bag. Remove as much air as possible. Consume within three months. Thaw before reheating.
Reheating. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken legs on a baking sheet. Bake until heated through, about 10 minutes.


Serving: 1drumstick | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 360mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.4mg