Crispy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks

A few weeks ago I discovered that cornstarch makes the most wonderfully crispy surface for tofu and that discovery totally rocked my world. Wellllll this week I happened across this post on Cookful.com, which describes a similar process for chicken. Since I had some leftover chicken drumsticks in my freezer, I was all over that. The process is so simple. Just coat your skin-on chicken with a little corn starch, bake until crispy, then add whatever sauce you like. I whipped up a simple honey sriracha wing sauce for these Crispy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks, but you could just as easily drench them in your favorite BBQ sauce or store bought wing sauce. Report back with your favorite sauce so I can have an excuse to make these again, k? Thx!

This technique is originally meant for wings, which are much smaller than drumsticks, but I found that the skin crisped up nicely with drumsticks as well, and the meat inside was tender and juicy. I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t do the same thing with thighs or breasts. Just make sure you’re using skin-on chicken and you’ll need to adjust the cooking time depending on the size of the pieces.

Crispy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks

Crispy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks with Homemade Honey Sriracha Wing Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

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Crispy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks

Sweet and spicy honey sriracha chicken drumsticks made perfectly crispy by baking in the oven! Change up the sauce for a different meal every week!

Total Cost $4.47 recipe / $1.49 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author Inspired by Cookful.com

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken drumsticks (about 1.75 lbs.) $3.54
  • Pinch of salt and pepper $0.05
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch $0.08
  • 1/4 cup sriracha $0.34
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.22
  • 2 Tbsp honey $0.24

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil, then top it with wire cooling racks to hold the chicken up off the baking sheet. For easy cleaning, spritz the wire racks with non-stick spray.
  2. Place the chicken drumsticks in a large bowl and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sprinkle the cornstarch over top, then stir until the drumsticks are evenly coated in cornstarch.
  3. Place the coated chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the drumsticks for about 50 minutes, or until the surface is golden brown and crispy.
  4. While the chicken is in the oven, combine the sriracha, butter, and honey in a small sauce pot. Heat over a low flame until the butter is melted and the sauce is smooth. Set the sauce aside.
  5. When the chicken comes out of the oven, brush the sauce liberally over the surface of the chicken, then serve.

Crispy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks with Homemade Honey Sriracha Wing Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

Crispy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks with Homemade Honey Sriracha Wing Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

Step by Step Photos

Salt and Pepper Chicken

Start by preheating the oven to 400ºF. Place six skin-on chicken drumsticks in a large bowl and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Coat Chicken in Cornstarch

Sprinkle 2 Tbsp cornstarch over the chicken, then stir until the pieces are evenly coated.

Chicken Ready to Bake

Line a baking sheet with foil, then place two wire cooling racks on top. (For even easier cleanup, you can spritz the racks with non-stick spray.) Place the cornstarch coated chicken pieces on the racks.

Golden Baked Chicken Drumsticks 1

Bake for about 50 minutes, or until they’re golden and crispy. They won’t get super dark, and some spots that had extra thick cornstarch may still be white.

Honey Sriracha Wing Sauce

While the chicken is in the oven, prepare the wing sauce. Simply place 1/4 cup sriracha, 2 Tbsp butter, and 2 Tbsp honey in a small sauce pot. Stir and heat over a low flame until the butter is melted and the sauce is smooth. This only takes about 5 minutes.

Golden Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Back to those gorgeous drumsticks…

Add Sriracha Wing Sauce

Slather that delicious honey sriracha sauce all over the wings. As I mentioned earlier, you could actually use any type of sauce that you want… BBQ is an easy choice.

Crispy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks with Homemade Honey Sriracha Wing Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

And now your amazing Crispy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks are ready to eat!

Crispy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks with Homemade Honey Sriracha Wing Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

I mean seriously, how easy was that?? I can’t wait to try more versions…

Crispy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks with Homemade Honey Sriracha Wing Sauce - BudgetBytes.com