Sticky Lemon Drumsticks

Finger lickin’ chicken

Photography by  The Eclectic Kitchen

Photography by The Eclectic Kitchen

If you are anything like me, you are SO tired of making the SAME chicken over and over. These sticky lemon drumsticks are a “make ahead”, sweet and tangy twist on the humble and underrated chicken leg. Because this recipe ticks off every taste category on the list, it’s extremely versatile and will please even the pickiest of palettes! Try it with breasts and wings too! Just let me know how you like it and don’t forget to snap a pic of you and your family enjoying!

Sticky Lemon Drumsticks

Recipe By: Skylar Edberg n Collaboration with The Eclectic Kitchen

Yield: 12 drumsticks

Prep time: 30 min - overnight (inactive)

Cook time: 50 minutes


4 pounds chicken drumsticks (about 12 drumsticks)

1 tablespoon kosher salt 

1 teaspoon ground black pepper or red pepper flakes

6 garlic cloves, grated

1 tablespoon lemon zest

3 tablespoons lemon juice

¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg 

2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil

¼ cup honey or agave 

1 tablespoon  scallion or chives, mince for garnish 


Pat the drumsticks dry using a paper towel. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and set aside. 

In a large zip seal bag, combine the garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, nutmeg, oil and honey and shake to combine ingredients. 

Place drumsticks into the bag with the marinade and shake to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the chicken in a single layer on a baking pan or rimmed baking sheet with the marinade. 

Bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes or until cooked through to 165 degrees. Served with lemon wedges and chives.