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Honey Teriyaki Chicken

This Honey Teriyaki Chicken recipe is certain to bring your family running to the table. It features chicken drumsticks that are smothered with an Asian inspired marinade then basted with a sweet homemade honey teriyaki glaze. The chicken is then baked until tender and charred. It’s better than take out and easy on the grocery budget, too.

Honey-Teriyaki Chicken

Easy Honey Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

While we love our meat and potatoes, to keep my budget on track, I often find myself preparing Chicken which tends to frequently go on sale. This makes it especially suited for budget friendly meals. This honey teriyaki chicken is oven done right. On one of my many trips to my local grocery store, I noted drumsticks were on sale and I knew I had to have some.  Always looking for a way to keep things interesting, I opted for making this inspired variation with fried rice for dinner. My family loved them it kept my budget on track. How to make Honey Teriyaki Chicken in the oven:

  • Chicken – Skin on chicken drumsticks.
  • Honey Teriyaki Marinade – Teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, fresh garlic, ground ginger, green onions, sesame oil and crushed red pepper flakes. Whisk this all together and pour over the chicken. Allow to marinate overnight.
  • Teriyaki Glaze – teriyaki sauce, honey, light brown sugar, green onions, fresh garlic, ground ginger, crushed red pepper flakes. Whisk together in a medium bowl. This can be done in advance and chilled until you need it for glazing the chicken.
  • Garnish – Toasted sesame seeds. You can toast sesame seeds in a non stick skillet over medium heat on the stovetop in seconds.
Honey Teriyaki Chicken

How to Make the Best Honey Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Honey Teriyaki Chicken: Four pounds of chicken drumsticks, skin intact for the juiciest chicken.
  • For the Teriyaki Marinade you’ll need: Teriyaki sauce, light brown sugar, ginger, garlic, onion, sesame oil and crushed red pepper flakes.
  • For the Honey Teriyaki Glaze you’ll need: Teriyaki sauce, honey, light brown sugar, garlic, ginger, onion, crushed red pepper flakes and toasted sesame seeds for garnishing.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: A medium bowl, whisk, sharp knife and cutting board, a grill pan or a broiler pan, or you could use a pan covered with heavy duty foil sprayed with cooking spray, measuring cups and spoons.
  • If you’d like to take a shortcut, you could purchase a premade Asian marinade to save time. Since the marinade and glaze feature similar ingredients, if you go with the same flavor profile it will work together.
  • Toasted sesame seeds can usually be found on the spice aisle with the other seasonings. You could make your own if you have sesame seeds on hand. To toast the sesame seeds, simply place them into a non stick skillet over medium heat. Toast in the pan while stirring until lightly golden and fragrant.
  • You could adapt this recipe using chicken thighs or chicken wings. Should you choose to make boneless skinless chicken breasts the cooking time will be reduced.
  • Store Baked Honey Teriyaki Chicken chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can enjoy cold or gently reheat for a couple of minutes in an air fryer or microwave.
Honey-Teriyaki Chicken

Easy Side Dishes to Serve with Honey Teriyaki Chicken

Naturally, when it come to Asian inspired entrees my mind goes to rice.

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Honey-Teriyaki Chicken

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Marinate Time8 hours
Total Time1 hour
Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey-teriyaki-chicken
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 386kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • Marinade:
  • 4 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 1 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 green onion chopped
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 green onions minced
  • 3 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds [optional]


  • Rinse and pat dry the chicken drumsticks. Mix together the marinade stirring until the brown sugar is dissolved. Pour over the chicken. Marinate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
  • To prepare: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place onto a broiler pan or and oven safe grill pan spritzed with cooking spray. Discard the marinade. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • While the chicken bakes, simmer the glaze ingredients on the stovetop, until reduced by 1/2 and thickened to the consistency of syrup. Remove from the heat.
  • Reserve the sesame seeds for serving. After baking the chicken for 20 minutes, brush the chicken on all sides with the glaze and turn. Drain any excess liquid from the pan if needed. Continue to bake for an additional 20 minutes or until the juices run clear.
  • To char: After the chicken has baked for 40 minutes total, increase the oven temperature to the broiler setting and move the oven rack up.
  • Char the chicken for 1-2 minutes on each side using tongs to carefully turn as needed. Don’t walk away from the oven.
  • To serve, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve leftover sauce on the side.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 2420mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 186IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Teriyaki chicken is always a favorite. If it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be so many Teriyaki restaurants around—–well there are in the Pacific NW anyway. You really did a number on both the marinade and the sauce.

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