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Spicy Honey Citrus Chicken Recipe

A blend of citrus, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper flakes, honey, and soy sauce in this Spicy Honey Citrus Chicken Recipe lend a balanced flavor profile.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 3 servings
Calories 388kcal


  • 5 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice from 1 medium orange
  • 11/2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon tamari sauce or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger grated on a microplane
  • 1 small onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 3/4 pounds chicken drumsticks about 6 drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water to form a slurry
  • Fresh lemon or lime slices for garnish (optional)


  • Whisk together the orange juice, orange zest, lemon zest, lime zest, crushed red pepper flakes, honey, tamari, oil, salt, black pepper, garlic, ginger, and onion in a large bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover the bowl and refrigerate at least 2 hours, but up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or lightly spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Arrange the chicken on the prepared baking sheet, reserving the marinade (with the onion). Roast the chicken until fully cooked (the juices should run clear), about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • While the chicken roasts, pour the marinade (with the onion) and the water into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring up to a boil and let the sauce boil vigorously (uncovered) 5 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and cook 30 seconds more, stirring constantly.
  • To serve, arrange the chicken on a serving platter. Spoon a bit of the sauce on top and garnish with lemon or lime slices if desired.


  • Paleo Version: Use coconut aminos instead of tamari or soy sauce; use arrowroot starch instead of cornstarch.
  • Gluten Free Version: Use tamari sauce or coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.


Serving: 2drumsticks | Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 729mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 336IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg