Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is one my mother in law gave me over 25 years ago and is a family favourite. The original recipe was for chicken wings but I use drumsticks or mixed chicken pieces or a jointed whole chicken. Don't include marinading time. Serve with rice - there's plenty of sauce to mop up - and steamed or stir fry vegetables. The satay sauce I use is called "Jimmy's Sate Sauce" which is a bean based sate not a nut based, so I don't know how a nut based sate would go. UPDATE - now when making with due consideration to diabetic factors I only use 1 tablespoon of honey instead of 1/3 cup, does not detract from flavour and the skin does not tend to burn (caramalise as much) and tends to be slightly crispy) and I usually quarter a small/medium chicken (1.3k to 1.7k) and bake for about 1 to 1 1/4 hours (use backbone for stock) and usually leave wings on the breast.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix honey, vinegar, tomato sauce, soy sauce, sate sauce, dry sherry and grated ginger in a jug well together. If honey is thick give it a short zap in the microwave.
  2. Put chicken drumsticks into a casserole dish in one layer.
  3. Pour marinade over drumsticks and let stand for a least 30 minutes, turning occassionaly.
  4. Put into a preheated 180 degree C oven and bake for 45 minutes.


Most Helpful

Yummy - the sauce has such a rich flavor! I'd give it four and a half stars. I used chicken thighs and one breast - (DS went back for thirds!) Also made a vegetarian version by replacing the chicken with sliced tempeh. DD and DS's girlfriend thought it was great. I realized I was out of sherry, so I used sake instead. I did reduce the soy sauce too. I made a simple satay sauce from red chile, garlic, lime juice, sugar, soy sauce, and almond butter. Will make this again for sure! Thanks!!

ranch-girl June 06, 2008

We enjoyed this for super earlier this week. A real plus for me was doing the prep in the morning, marinating in the fridge and come mealtime being able to quickly pop into the oven. Made as posted, did the quick zap in the micro for the honey and followed through. As with Jewelies I liked the sticky, sweet and tasty sauce. Did get a mixed vote on this one - think next time will add some freshly minced garlic and that should about do it! Thank you Chef Potts for sharing a family recipe and Chef floWer for her enticing photo that had me choose this recipe for the Recipe Swap # 16.

Gerry May 17, 2008

This is wonderful, I actually made this on the grill in a metal chicken-turner, I also added in some fresh garlic to the honey mixture, we loved this, thanks for sharing hon!...Kitten:)

Kittencal@recipezazz June 21, 2007

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a