Easy Japanese Recipes

Honey Soy Sauce Chicken はちみつ醤油チキン

Honey Soy Sauce Chicken #recipe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Thank you for your kind well wishes on my previous post.  I think I’m getting better but the recovery is slower than usual.  Age, I suppose?  My husband thinks it’s all due to me lacking sleep for the past 2 years… maybe.  I can easily work on the blog for 5-6 hours after kids go to bed and I feel like it’s still not enough time.  I wonder if all the other mommy bloggers are struggling with the same challenges.

Speaking of mommy bloggers, Just One Cookbook made it to Babble’s Top 100 Mom Food Blogs of 2013!  Thank you so much for reading and supporting Just One Cookbook!

Honey Soy Sauce Chicken #recipe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Today I am going to share my super easy Honey Soy Sauce Chicken recipe and I hope this will come in handy on your busy day.  All you need to do is to marinade the chicken (any parts of chicken you like) in a honey, soy sauce and sake mix and after 1 hour or so, pop in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile you can prepare rice, some salad and miso soup.

Honey Soy Sauce Chicken #recipe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

The saltiness from the soy sauce and slight sweetness from honey blends very well together in the oven and the marinade turns into a golden glaze.  I always struggle taking good pictures of chicken drumettes, and this time is no exception.  I hope you still give this recipe a try and make it your go-to recipe when you are busy.  I promise they are tastier than they look.  Enjoy!

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Honey Soy Sauce Chicken
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Serves: 2-3
  • 1.5 lb (12) chicken drumettes (or other chicken parts; for drumsticks, marinade overnight for more flavor)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. (1/4 cup) honey
  • 4 Tbsp. (1/4 cup) soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. sake (or substitute with dry sherry)
  1. Rinse the drumettes under cold water and pat dry.
  2. Combine the seasonings in a Ziploc bag. A little tip: I keep the measuring cup upside down to get the last drop of honey while I do next step.
  3. Prick the drumettes all over with a fork and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the drumettes in the Ziploc bag and squeeze the air out, zip up the bag . Coat the drumettes with marinade all around by rubbing them. Marinate for at least 30-60 minutes and of course you can marinade overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C). Place the drumettes in a baking pan. Make sure the drumettes are not overlapping each other and the skin side is up. Pour the marinade liquid over top. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Baste the drumettes a couple of times during the baking. If the drumettes are done and the top is not browned, you can change the oven setting to broil until the top is nicely browned. If the top is browned too fast while baking, cover with a sheet of aluminum foil to stop the chicken from burning. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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  • The Café Sucré Farine April 9, 2013, 9:05 pm

    Love that pretty golden color, this looks so yummy!

  • Veronica Cervera April 9, 2013, 9:18 pm

    Nami, I hope you can get some rest. I underestand you perfectly. Is not easy for me to blog without kids, so I can imagine how hard is for moms.
    Congrats for making it to the Babble’s list. You deserved it.
    Love this recipe and will do it soon. Last Sunday we had pork belly, and was thinking on you.

  • Mel April 9, 2013, 9:18 pm

    I am salivating looking at these chicken pieces. An easy recipe but full of flavour, great eaten with your fingers so can lick it up clean. Yum!

  • Kitchen Belleicious April 9, 2013, 9:26 pm

    This looks like one flavorful chicken dish. One can’t have to many chicken dishes in their arsenal and I love the honey flavor with the soy! YUM!

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker April 9, 2013, 10:00 pm

    That looks absolutely wonderful! Perfect for any game gatherings/tailgate parties. I love the combination of soy sauce and honey. Lovely post Nami!
    P.S. Get lots of rest/sleep in order to fully recover. Lack of sleep will delay your recovery. I know –I used to struggle with insomnia!

  • Candice April 9, 2013, 10:08 pm

    Looks delicious! Congrats on making it to te babble list.

    • Nami April 15, 2013, 9:11 am

      Thank you so much for your support all the time! xo :)

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 9, 2013, 10:11 pm

    Listen to your husband. Your body is just worn out from being perfect for family, friends, blog and more. Nurture yourself and you’ll be surprised how good you feel.

    These honey soy drummy things look so good. My mouth is watering just looking at these photos.

    Take care, my friend

  • Beth April 9, 2013, 10:11 pm

    Nami, Another of my all time favorites! I should have known it was this simple. My mouth is watering and it’s time for bed. I think I will have to prepare this for tomorrow nights supper but I will use chicken thigh as that is what is in the freezer. So yummy!!

    • Nami April 15, 2013, 9:33 am

      Hi Beth! I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you so much for your kind comment! :)

  • Shema George April 9, 2013, 10:13 pm

    First of all – Congrats Nami!! You so deserve to be on the top 100 list.
    I always feel that i dont contribute enough time to my blog esp with a full time job and family… dont worry there are lot of ppl who feel the same :)
    This recipe looks so good…i love the second shot..makes me wanna grab it out of the screen :)

  • Sharon | Chinese Soup Pot April 9, 2013, 10:19 pm

    Nami, your pictures are beautiful! And I am sure the chicken taste just as good as they look! Easy recipes are always welcomed in my household since we are having less and less time in the kitchen lately!

  • tigerfish April 9, 2013, 10:25 pm

    You should get more sleep, esp. when you are recovering. The chicken drumettes look so perfectly-glazed and delicious! I hope to try making this soon.

  • Jayne April 9, 2013, 11:02 pm

    Your drumettes are very pretty. I don’t know what you worry about :-). I make speedy baked chicken drumstick with a fairly similar recipe too. It’s just easy to chug everything into a Ziplock the night before then in the morning, shove them into the oven to prep for lunch. Thumbs up!

  • Raymund April 9, 2013, 11:19 pm

    This is the type of chicken you cant get over with, I will lick my fingers endlessly when having this ones. Yum!

  • donna mikasa April 10, 2013, 12:24 am

    Yum! This looks simple and delicious! I love the sweetness from honey–much different from brown sugar or any other type of sweetener. This recipe looks like a winner!

    • Nami April 11, 2013, 9:09 am

      Yeah, I always love honey & soy sauce combination. Thanks so much Donna!

  • Mich Piece of Cake April 10, 2013, 12:29 am

    These look finger licking good, Nami.

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book April 10, 2013, 12:40 am

    Nami, it seems I have missed so much while I was away. So sorry to hear you have been unwell and I am so happy you are on the mend.
    I love cooking chicken with soy and honey and must try your version by adding sake.
    Have a lovely day.
    :-) Mandy xo

  • TheKitchenLioness April 10, 2013, 1:17 am

    Oh Nami, congratulations again – so very deserved! And I do hope that you are on the mend and feeling better very soon! Your recipe is wonderful and this must be a dish that is a family favorite or will soon become one – I think we can all agree on the taste of this fabulous Honey Soy Sauce Chicken!
    Have a great Wednesday!

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) April 10, 2013, 2:04 am

    I love everything about this chicken. I can’t wait to make this!

  • Adora's Box April 10, 2013, 2:06 am

    Sorry to hear that you are feeling poorly, Nami. Hope you feel better soon. Love this recipe. Not only is it easy, it also has the best ingredients on chic wings: soy sauce and honey. YUM!!!

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen April 10, 2013, 2:35 am

    I love marinated/glazed chicken! This is sooo deliciously similar to my sticky lemon chicken :)
    Amazing! My mouth is watering, Nami!

  • easyfoodsmith April 10, 2013, 3:23 am

    Congrats Nami! You totally deserve it :-)
    Thanks for sharing the honey soy sauce chicken recipe. it looks easy and so delicious.

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover April 10, 2013, 3:47 am

    This recipe is perfect when run out of idea for what to cook, quick and yummy!

  • Choc Chip Uru April 10, 2013, 4:07 am

    Beautifully coloured succulent chicken :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Monica April 10, 2013, 4:42 am

    I love the combination of soy sauce and honey…need to try adding the sake and working with other ingredients. Hope you feel all better soon and congrats on the Babble recognition! This is a terrific blog!

  • My Kitchen Stories April 10, 2013, 4:43 am

    Hi Nami congratulations, it does take a lot of work to be a mummy blogger or any other kind of blogger for that matter. You are obviously appreciated and that is where all those hours count. Love this simple recipe and the golden colour of your chicken looks very appealing

  • Charlie April 10, 2013, 4:58 am

    Morning Nami!

    This marinade sounds good, I just want to pick up one of the drumettes and start eating.

    It doesn’t matter if it is breakfast or not.

    A trick I use when using sticky ingredients such as honey, is to spray my measuring cup or spoon w/ a bit of oil or not stick spray.

    Works a treat!

    Have a Joyful Day :~D

    • Nami April 10, 2013, 9:33 am

      Thanks for the advice Charlie! Or I can just use a mini rubber spatula I just bought… :)

  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen April 10, 2013, 5:06 am

    Congrats for the Babble Top 100 award! It’s so well-deserved! I share in your happiness, Nami. As for this recipe – it’s terrific. I never had all 3 ingredients in one dish – sake, soy sauce and honey. I’ll take the chicken out of the freezer now and make this for dinner. Thanks for sharing this delish recipe!

  • Farnaz (The Pomegranate Diaries) April 10, 2013, 5:14 am

    This looks delicious! Totally something my 4 year old and the rest of the family would love. My daughter loves eating chicken drumsticks off the bone. I’m definitely going to make it!

  • Eri April 10, 2013, 5:20 am

    I didnt know you were sick Nami, I was sick too (I still am actually), I’m thinking the same thing, I think age has to do with it.
    Congratulations again for Bubble’s list, you’re the best my friend.
    Hugs and kisses, I hope that you’ll recover fully very quickly. <3

  • Chef and Sommelier April 10, 2013, 6:01 am

    Hi Nami! Hope you have a speedy recovery! I’m also having the same problem as you… Not enough time!!! Having to juggle between work, family, friends and my blog… 24 hours a day is just not enough!

    And aging is catching up! Although I work out in the gym and exercise almost everyday, I find it more and more difficult to maintain my fitness and take longer to recover from injury and sickness. :(

    Sorry for being off-topic. Thanks for sharing the yummy chick recipe. Looks good to go with wine. :D

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today April 10, 2013, 6:21 am

    They look very tasty, so if it’s tastier than it looks, well, congratulations on a perfect recipe. I’m glad you’re feeling better :) My jet lag is almost done, so I can enjoy Berlin again. Hugs from warmer each day Europe.

  • Charlie April 10, 2013, 6:23 am


    Your ingredient list for the marinade and the pictures of the ingredients don’t seem to coincide.

    In the pics it looks like you used a lot more than the list calls for.

    Is there a discrepancy?

    • Nami April 10, 2013, 9:30 am

      Hi Charlie!

      Oh, do you mean 4 Tbsp and 1/4 cup? They are the same amount. :)

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe April 10, 2013, 6:46 am

    How simple! I see myself making these in the near future. Soy sauce and honey is such a delicious combination!

  • Laura @ Family Spice April 10, 2013, 6:50 am

    I’m always looking for an easy chicken recipe, Nami. As we’ve talked about before, it’s not easy balancing blogging and family life, says the woman who herself has been getting 5 hours of sleep all week. Don’t burn yourself out, like I did. And congratulations on the top 100!

  • Ramona April 10, 2013, 7:16 am

    Okay… you would see only a pile of chicken bones left if you put these in front of me!! I could seriously eat that entire pan full. :) How cool you got into Babble’s 100 Mommy bloggers. Congratulations and well deserved my friend. :)

  • Kate@Diethood April 10, 2013, 7:21 am

    Oooooh, Nami, that chicken looks damn good!!! Love love love that sauce!

    Congrats on making it on the top 100!!!!! You deserve it!

  • Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) April 10, 2013, 8:03 am

    So easy! I love it :)

  • The Squishy Monster April 10, 2013, 8:07 am

    I love how caramelized this looks…nice and sticky!

  • sammie April 10, 2013, 8:13 am

    Hi Nami! Wow that looks really amazing and it’s super simple too! Yummy! Definitely making it! Also congrats on making it to top 100! This is no surprise to me at all! :)

  • Jeannie April 10, 2013, 8:23 am

    Hi Nami, that looks so finger licking good! I am sure my boys would love these drummets! and congrats for making it to Babble’s list!

  • john@kitchenriffs April 10, 2013, 8:27 am

    Some foods are hard to photograph, aren’t they? I haven’t tried chicken drumettes, mainly because we rarely eat them. But your pictures are fine – the second one (with them in the pan) is gorgeous! I think this is one of those foods where you have to shoot the shape and texture. Maybe try it with a hard light (so you get noticeable shadows) from the side, and low – so the light “scraps” the surface of the food? I dunno – it’d be fun to play with. So maybe I should make this recipe – which looks terrific, by the way! – and play with it myself! Really good stuff, and I do hope you’re soon feeling 100%. Thanks for this.

  • carol | a cup of mascarpone April 10, 2013, 8:37 am

    CONGRATULATIONS, Nami! This couldn’t have happened to a nicer and more deserving person! What a delicious chicken recipe you’ve shared…thank you!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You April 10, 2013, 9:07 am

    Congrats again for making Babble’s 100 Top Mom’s Blogs.
    The second image made me salivate…This looks AMAZING!!!!!

  • Ira Rodrigues April 10, 2013, 9:21 am

    I always love an easy dish yet tasty as a bonus outcome. The chicken drumettes looks yummy!
    Take care Nami and get lots of rest :)
    Happy spring X

  • Orchidea April 10, 2013, 9:26 am

    Hi. I think your pictures are nice, my favorite is the second one tat shows the chicken in the oven-form. I definitely want to try this recipe which seems very easy an quite if you marinate over night. I will try in on Friday night. Thanks.

  • Javelin Warrior April 10, 2013, 9:55 am

    I’m so glad to hear you’re recovering, Nami… I do think it takes longer the older we get. And I spend 10+ hours a day on blog-related activities and I STILL don’t feel there’s enough time, so I can only imagine how you’re feeling… But the kids are more important. Love the sound and look of this chicken and if it’s tastier than it looks, then it must be incredible! Because it looks amazing…

  • Gina April 10, 2013, 10:24 am

    I agree with your husband, you are one busy lady and probably working too hard. Congrats on making the list, it’s more than deserved. Your little chicken drums are making me starving, I’m thinking these would be a tasty breakfast. Hope you are having a good week.

  • Kankana April 10, 2013, 10:25 am

    I love sticky sweet and sour roasted chicken. This sounds incredible and congrats on the Babble Top Mom :) You totally deserve it!

  • marla April 10, 2013, 10:42 am

    These little drumsticks look great!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz April 10, 2013, 10:52 am

    Yumm love sweet and salty flavors like that. I am sure this will make a bento appearance lol. Yes sleep, lack of, kills your immune system. I have general insomnia most of the time, I know.

  • Hannah April 10, 2013, 11:44 am

    Mmm, I wish I had a plate of this chicken for lunch right now! Your photos are so tempting. I know my family will devour this chicken…I’m off to start marinating for dinner. I hope you can get some extra rest and congratulations on making it to Babble’s list!!

  • Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) April 10, 2013, 12:44 pm

    These look so simple, easy, and delicious! Can’t go wrong with that flavor combination… :)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 10, 2013, 12:49 pm

    These look irresistible, love the honey and soy combo!

  • Rhonda April 10, 2013, 1:04 pm

    yum, I have made something similar to this and can’t get enough of the salty and sweet. Congrats on making the top list!!

  • Gourmet Getaways April 10, 2013, 1:14 pm

    Your pictures are mouth-wateringly delicious! Absolutely this will be my go to recipe. I know the kids will love it. I hope you get better soon.

  • A_Boleyn April 10, 2013, 1:26 pm

    I hope you’ve recovered thoroughly by now, Nami. Mom’s take care of everyone else and finally, if they have any time left (unlikely) they take care themselves.

    Wonderful chicken dish by the way. I would use thighs and drumsticks as they’re SO much cheaper than wings. Around here, wings are almost as expensive as breasts on sale.

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness April 10, 2013, 2:08 pm

    Congrats Nami! I am definitely a fan of your blog. Keep up with the amazing work. By the way, I love that there are only a few ingredients in this chicken recipe. Very simple. Sounds delicious!

  • kat April 10, 2013, 5:34 pm

    so yummy looking, I hope you get back to your normal soon :)

  • Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen April 10, 2013, 6:30 pm

    This chicken is a keeper and probably just what you needed when you were under the weather. I can totally relate to the time crunch and the exhaustion you are experiencing. It’s downright impossible to do it all sometimes and you just have to take a break. If you don’t, your body will demand one! Pinning the chicken and look forward to trying it!

  • yummychunklet April 10, 2013, 6:46 pm

    Honey and soy sauce sound amazing! Yum!

  • Yelena April 10, 2013, 7:40 pm

    This recipe is perfect for me, Nami. I have all ingredients and I think I will love this dish. Chicken looks so moist! Congratulations for making it to the Babble’s list. You definitely deserved it.
    I hope you are doing well.

  • Belinda @zomppa April 10, 2013, 7:55 pm

    DROOLING over this!! Get some rest – you deserve that and more!

  • Hotly Spiced April 10, 2013, 9:15 pm

    You have inspired me, Nami, I will make this tonight. I can put the chicken in the oven then go to football training with my son and when we come back, dinner will be ready. Yes, photographing meat does seem to be more difficult than other options. I know what you mean by burning the candle at both ends. I’m doing it too and I don’t have little kids. (Although my 18 year old daughter woke me up last night vomiting – it was all over the carpet. At 4.20am I was scraping it from the carpet – so unpleasant and she is no better today but I have put a bucket by her bed!) So sorry for the revolting story but that’s motherhood. Congrats on being a Top 100 blogger – you so deserve every bit of recognition xx

  • Eha April 10, 2013, 9:27 pm

    Wonderfully simple and tasty way to present chicken! But, Nami beautiful lady . . . we could have waited! You have to look after yourself first and then your family – we all are there or have been there and understand: forget about the blog for a few days and go for walks and breathe deeply and [hopefully] stand in the sun and just let your mind go empty: pretty please :) !

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. April 10, 2013, 11:23 pm

    Congrats on making it to the top! This chicken looks great! The sauce sounds yummy!

  • Jenny April 11, 2013, 1:35 am

    That looks delicious, Nami. Tasty pics, too. Glad you’re all getting on your feet again – try a tonic with some iron in it!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 11, 2013, 2:05 am

    These are one of my favourite dishes! I love chicken wings, they’re my favourite cut and this is a great mix of salty and sweet :D

  • Sue | My Korean Kitchen April 11, 2013, 4:05 am

    It looks very delicious Nami! I made this dish only once like ages ago and I forgot about them. You just reminded me. :) I don’t know how you can work 5-6 hours after kids gone to sleep every day?! I know blogging is a big commitment but take care of yourself too. :D

  • Baby Sumo April 11, 2013, 5:22 am

    Hi Nami, congrats on making the Top 100 Moms Blog. You are definitely one of my fav (food) bloggers :)

    My hubby also always says I spend too much time on the blog tht’s why I’m so tired. LOL! But it’s worth it cos I love it like my 3rd baby :P

  • Jo Lam April 11, 2013, 6:56 am

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!

    Chicken is one of my favorite things ever! I was not a fan of honey until recently so I am excited for this new recipe!

  • CK April 11, 2013, 7:30 am

    I love that you noted that we could use any parts we like for the chicken to marinade. I like sticking with boneless for the munchkins so I am looking forward to giving this one a whirl. My son really likes honey and soy so I think I will split my chicken in half today and make a half batch of this and half batch of chicken and cuke chili oil salad. Little hot, little cold, all tasty.

    • Nami April 11, 2013, 9:27 am

      Hi CK! Enjoy making both chicken dishes! I hope your son will like this honey soy sauce chicken. :)

  • Balvinder April 11, 2013, 8:37 am

    Just mouthwatering!
    Congrats for coming in Babble’s top 100 Mommy blogs of 2013

  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker April 11, 2013, 9:13 am

    This is one of my family faves. My parents and sister love when I cook this. We often fight over the burnt bits! Family eh?
    Congratz on your babble acceptance, I look forward to more blogs post.

  • Malou | Skip to Malou April 11, 2013, 10:13 am

    Congrats on making it to Babble. But take it easy girl. your hubster maybe right… we all need to slow down too.
    I would make these chicken drummettes disappear fast if i was on your dinner table… my table manners will fly out of the room if i was there haha.
    take care.. and please have enough sleep. you can never bring back lost sime in sleeping!

  • wok with ray April 11, 2013, 10:15 am

    Love the shots of the wings — perfectly lit. Congratulations on making it to the top 100, I’m very proud of you. :)

  • The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time April 11, 2013, 11:06 am

    Congrats on Babble 2013! You deserve it. Regarding time, mommydom and blogging, no, there’s never enough time. Even if I put Dudette to bed at 6pm, which I’d try if I thought I could get away with it, I wouldn’t have enough time. My messy kitchen is proof.

    That being said, I’d make time for these drumettes. I love the combination of soy, honey and sake. I’m sure there will be some sort of sport on this weekend that’ll need these for watching. :)

  • Daniela April 11, 2013, 12:33 pm

    Hi Nami,
    these are wonderful news, congratulations!
    Your blog is fantastic and you really deserve this award.
    The honey soy sauce looks so tasty and the color of the chicken is perfect-golden and crisp.
    Get well soon :)

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat April 11, 2013, 12:51 pm

    These look delicious and so easy to make!

  • mr. & Mrs. P April 11, 2013, 12:51 pm

    This chicken looks amazing!! Love the deep golden color after its baked!

  • Sandra April 11, 2013, 1:07 pm

    Happy to hear you’re feeling better and happy that you posted this recipe. I was making out my grocery list when I decided to pop in here and check out this post. Perfect timing for me to re-do my list!

  • Corinne @ College-cooking.com April 11, 2013, 2:18 pm

    These look great for a bbq in the summer!

  • Minnie@thelady8home April 11, 2013, 2:49 pm

    Congratulations Nami!! You deserve it!!! I understand the challenges Nami….it’s getting to me too, lol!! Kids, house, dogs, husband….and then blog which is actually a full time job with none of the perks associated with the regular job. I am on vacation, and I still find myself at the blog, checking, correcting, uploading, taking notes…lol!! But I am thinking this time the Flu has a stronger strain than normal, so that could be why it’s taking you so much time. Get back to being fit and fine very soon. The chicken looks wonderful too.

  • MaryMoh April 11, 2013, 2:54 pm

    Oh wow….they look so golden and delicious. So simple too. I just had some hot and spicy chicken wings yesterday. I bought them ready marinated. Looks like I’m going to have more chicken wings :D When summer comes, even more chicken wings!…..BBQ…. yay

  • goboroot April 11, 2013, 3:12 pm

    Congratulations on making it to be on the Top 100, Nami san! You have demonstrated that all the efforts you put into the blog pays off at the end. Thank you for the inspirations always.

    なみさん、Top 100 おめでとう!努力が実るとはこういう事ですね。いつもインスピレーションを与えてくれてありがとう!

  • Rachel @ Bakerita April 11, 2013, 5:00 pm

    Oh man, these look so easy, so delicious, and just absolutely perfect. Can’t wait to try them! Pinned.

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking April 11, 2013, 5:15 pm

    Oh you are not that old…it’s just that you are exhausted from the cold and should slow down and get a nice long nap to re-energize your body!
    Also Congrats on the Babble, you deserve it more than anybody!
    Now about the chicken hehe…looks so good that I want to eat it off the screen…I love your tempting shots, very delicious! I can’t wait summer for your grilling duo..you always have such a yummy grilled recipes! I hope you will be full of energy soon!

  • jehanne@thecookingdoctor April 11, 2013, 7:40 pm

    Congrats Nami, you made it to the fab Babble list, a well deserved accolade! This combination of honey and soy sauce is heavenly, I can snack on those delicious drumlets any day:-)

  • mjskit April 11, 2013, 8:24 pm

    Congratulations Nami!!! You deserve it Darlin! So do you sleep? 5 to 6 hours AFTER the kids go to bed! That doesn’t leave much time for a good night sleep. Take care of yourself Darlin. Well, your chicken does sound as good as it looks! I love simple and fingerlicking good recipes like this. These look perfect!

  • Kristy April 11, 2013, 8:29 pm

    Well, if these are tastier than they look they must be out of this world, because I think they look fabulous. They don’t look like they were hard to photo at all – they look perfect. I know I will be making this recipe ASAP. The kids will go nuts for this and I know Mike and I will enjoy it just as much. Great recipe Nami! Congrats on the Babble win. Well-deserved. :)

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 11, 2013, 8:39 pm

    Congrats on Babble, you so deserve it!! One of my most favorite blogging mom’s out there!

    Hope you are feeling better! And I want a few of this chicken to go. Please? :D

  • Marguerite April 11, 2013, 9:04 pm

    Hi Nami!
    Tried your Honey Soy Sauce marinate recipe tonight for our dinner with whole chicken thighs and baked them for 40 minutes. Came out perfectly cooked and succulent. My fiancé said the flavour was very very good enjoyed the chicken dinner very much! Thank you! :)

    • Nami April 15, 2013, 9:41 am

      Hi Marguerite! Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m so glad you and your fiance enjoyed this recipe! :)

  • Bam's Kitchen April 11, 2013, 9:24 pm

    Namiko-san, Thank you for this perfectly easy and delicious weeknight meal. So few ingredients and effort and looks so tasty. You know the rule.. “Moms can’t be sick” Maybe your smart little hubby is right, this is a wake up call that you need to start taking better care of your self. Congratulations on making it to the Babble’s top 100 but I would rather you be healthy!!!!!! Take care, BAM

  • Reem | Simply Reem April 11, 2013, 9:36 pm

    You know Nami sometime I feel how can I cook anything without honey… It is a life saver..LOL
    This looks fabulous… Iam sure it must taste divine…
    You take it easy gal, rest and get back slowly… You are a strong gal, I tried working late night for few days but man my body gave up… Opps I am getting OLD… lol

  • Reem | Simply Reem April 11, 2013, 9:45 pm

    ANd A Big Congrats on Babble…. You Rock and absolutely deserve it!

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet April 11, 2013, 10:16 pm

    Growing up my mum use to make honey soy chicken wings as well but yours are marinated so well and so shiny :) I bet your children must love them as well!

  • Sissi April 12, 2013, 5:31 am

    I hope you are joking about “struggling”! These are among the most luscious chicken photos I have ever seen. I can almost smell the caramelised mixture of soy sauce and honey… I love mixing soy sauce with sweet products (sugar, syrup, mirin…), so I’m sure I would get addicted to this easy, but creative way to serve my beloved chicken. I still haven’t made my weekend shopping, so maybe I could buy some chicken legs and try one more of your recipes!
    Congratulations for the Babble’s list!

  • dedy oktavianus pardede@Dentist_Chef April 12, 2013, 7:50 am

    We used to called this “ayam ungkep kecap” in Indonesia but mostly we use sweet soy sauce and palm sugar instead honey..
    I know now the secret of your shinny drolling looks chicken!
    perfecly caramelize!

  • Cristina April 12, 2013, 9:45 am

    Congrats on your more than deserved Top 100 nomination, Nami!! :) I read honey+soy sauce in the title and was SOLD. I can taste this chicken for dinner! Hope you’re feeling much better…

  • Jenn and Seth April 12, 2013, 2:15 pm

    this looks so mouthwateringly delicious!! i’d love some of this for dinner tonight :)

  • Charles April 12, 2013, 2:37 pm

    Congratulations on your achievement on Babble, Nami! Believe me, it’s not just moms who have to juggle kids, work, food, and blogging… us dads have our work cut out for us too :).

  • Kim Bee April 13, 2013, 1:43 pm

    I love chicken and this just looks super delectable. I need to try this.

  • Gomo | cHow Divine April 13, 2013, 1:55 pm

    This looks delicious. I love that it’s simple to make too. I’m planning to make your Oyakodon tonight if I don’t get to lazy :)) Wish me luck! Great recipe Nami!

  • Reese@seasonwithSpice April 14, 2013, 9:02 am

    Shen is probably right on the sleeping part. Good to know you are feeling much better, Nami. Love honey glazed drumsticks. Hard to resist the golden look of the meat:)

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  • Mi Vida en un Dulce April 14, 2013, 7:12 pm

    Delicious, look at that Golden color…!!!

  • Mae April 14, 2013, 8:32 pm

    Hi Nami:

    I just tried this recipe tonight and used the regular drum sticks from Trader’s Joe (that’s all they had). I bought two packages which totaled close to 3 pounds so I doubled your recipe for the marinade. Although I followed your recipe very carefully and basted every five minutes, I will admit that using a drumette for this recipe is the best. The drum stick is way too much meat and even though I poked it with a fork and seasoned with salt and pepper, it is too thick for the juices to penetrate. I’ll try it again with the drumettes from Safeway. Very easy recipe to follow; thank you for the post.

    • Nami April 15, 2013, 10:24 am

      Hi Mae! Yeah drumsticks might be hard to get enough flavor in such a short marinade time. I’ll update my recipe and mention that drumsticks will need overnight marinade. Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback!

  • Orchidea April 15, 2013, 2:49 am

    As I told you before I was thinking to make this and I did on Saturday evening… both me and my husband loved it, I have some left for my lunch box!

    • Nami April 15, 2013, 10:25 am

      Yay! So happy you made it! Thank you so much for your update and feedback. Ciao!

  • Aurelia April 15, 2013, 12:09 pm

    Hi Nami,

    I’m a French gal living in Spain , with an Italian husband and 2 kids, and I just wanted to say, although I discovered it recently, I’m crazy about your website, so far I’ve tried 2 of your recipes, including this one tonight, and it was absolutely delicious, so good in fact, that it almost started a family war over the last drumstick…My 2 years old had the last word! I really recommend it to anyone, can’t wait to make some more.I imagine this is not the right place, but I’m not sure where to ask, I’ve seen some of your recipes contain shiso, which is hard to come by over here in Europe, can you or anyone advice between Basil and Mint, which would be the closest subsitute? Thanks and Congrats again for an amazing website!

    • Nami April 15, 2013, 10:38 pm

      Hi Aurelia! Welcome to my blog and I’m so happy you enjoy reading it! Thanks for asking about shiso leaves. It’s something that I can’t think of substituting because it has an unique flavor and none of suggestion I find online would be correct. I also want to suggest that Korean cuisine uses shiso leaves (Korean has different name), and Korean stores carries them. Look for “perilla” (English name). My friend in Switzerland can easily get shiso leaves, which really surprised me because I would think it’s a hard ingredient to find outside of Japan. If you still cannot find it, a lot of them you can just omit…or try with basil and mint and let me know? :)

      Thank you for your kind words and support!

  • David Ng April 16, 2013, 6:46 pm

    I have to say, when I saw this one, all I could think was how my folks had made this when I was a kid, but never quite showed me how to make it.

    Question answered…

    And it’s DELISH!

    • Nami April 16, 2013, 9:56 pm

      Hi David! So happy to hear you liked this recipe! Thank you for the link – I could share on Facebook this time without an issue. :) Your chicken has really nice glaze!! Now I want to eat it!

      • David Ng April 17, 2013, 4:17 am

        Great! Thanks for the share! I’m glad that we finally got those pesky permissions issues on Facebook sorted!

        I cut up one whole chicken and marinated the whole thing in the baking pan overnight. Ironically, the one part I didn’t include were the wings! I plan to try this with all wings like you did, and maybe experiment with an uncut bird.

        Do you think this marinade might work with pork? Thinking a pork tenderloin might match nicely.

        • Nami April 18, 2013, 10:01 am

          Hi David! Your chicken looked so good and thank you for sharing – your post was viewed by many people (you don’t see the stats from the public but I can see. :)). Thanks for sending that pictures and encouraging other people to try this recipe!

          I think the pork will work too, as long as you keep it moist. :)

  • Tamara Smith April 18, 2013, 1:33 am

    Thank you for the simplicity of this recipe. I made this tonight for dinner and everyone cleaned their plates. Thank you, thank you!

    • Nami April 18, 2013, 10:07 am

      Hi Tamara! Thank you so much for writing your feedback! SO happy to hear your family enjoyed it. I love easy and delicious recipes! Thanks again for taking your time to write here. :)

  • Food Jaunts April 19, 2013, 9:33 am

    I love these simple marinades! It’s amazing how super simple ingredients combine to make something delicious.

    Glad you’re feeling better and congratulations on the top 100!

  • Noora April 20, 2013, 9:34 pm

    My family finally got tired of eating curry and asked for something different, so I made this chicken. I used skinless drumsticks instead because my dad thinks drumettes are only ‘snacks’ and eats them like they’re peanuts (he’s a big meat-eater). I accidentally marinated them for two days, but they turned out fantastic anyway!

    • Nami April 22, 2013, 11:22 am

      Hi Noora! Haha, I remember you wrote a comment on curry post! :D Since you used drumsticks (thicker), it was actually nice that they got nicely marinaded for a long time (drumettes could have been a little salty). So happy you enjoyed this dish! :)

  • Lynna April 21, 2013, 6:20 pm

    I can already imagine how amazing this will taste like!

  • Lail | With A Spin April 22, 2013, 7:23 am

    Being a mom blogger is not easy and I can totally relate to you on spending few hours after my daughter goes to bed. It is tiring in the morning to go to work but though I am very new compared to most of you, I love blogging. I hope you get some rest, Nami.

    Love the way the chicken looks. Must have tasted great!

  • Angie April 23, 2013, 7:13 am

    HI! I just discovered your blog and this delicious looking chicken! YUM! I unfortunately did not have sake. Can you recommend where to get it??

    • Nami April 23, 2013, 9:10 am

      Hi Angie! Welcome to my blog!

      If you click “sake” in the ingredient list, there is a little more explanation about it such as brand I use, etc.

      Most of Asian grocery stores carry sake, but if you cannot find it, then you can always substitute with dry sherry. Not exactly the same, but close enough. Hope that helps! :)

  • Kimberly (Unrivaledkitch) April 24, 2013, 9:26 pm

    Gorgeous chicken drums Nami! I make some like this too their just so good! I love your photos

  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade April 26, 2013, 6:50 am

    Sorry to hear you were feeling unwell. Hope you are feeling much better now :)

    This honey chicken looks great – such a classic winner recipe :D

  • Doreen / mui May 6, 2013, 12:34 am

    Hi Nami,
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful honey soy sauce chicken.
    My family love it. I have cooked this twice and will cooked again:D

    I love all your recipes and I have Like you in FB.
    Will also subscribe to your blog too :D
    Cheers ^_^

    • Nami May 8, 2013, 10:29 am

      Hi Mui! Thank you for trying this recipe! I’m happy to hear your family enjoyed it! Thanks so much for following my blog! xo :)

  • Sally Baker May 8, 2013, 7:07 pm

    I love your website. The instructions are easy to follow, and the photos inspire me. Keep up the good work.

    • Nami May 8, 2013, 8:38 pm

      Thank you Sally! I’m glad to hear you enjoy my blog, and thank you for your kind compliment! xo :)

  • Ilonka May 9, 2013, 7:41 am

    Have you ever tried substituting brown sugar for the honey? I’m out of honey and may try it…

    • Nami May 9, 2013, 9:59 am

      Hi Ilonka! You can substitute with brown sugar. :)

  • Stephanie May 17, 2013, 8:01 am

    I make this one all the time. Very simple. =)

    Also, congrats for Babble’s Top 100 Mom Food Blogs of 2013!!!

    • Nami May 23, 2013, 3:50 pm

      Thank you for the kind words! :)

  • Belinda @zomppa May 30, 2013, 2:21 pm

    I’m so going to make this this weekend!

  • Alessa June 9, 2013, 12:58 am

    Is it possible to use Mirin instead? I do not often cook with recipes calling for Sake and just wondered if the taste would be highly different?

    Appreciate your response. Thanks! :)

    • Nami June 9, 2013, 1:25 am

      Hi Alessa! Mirin already has sake in it, but it’s sweetened; therefore reduce a little bit of honey and it should work. :) Hope you enjoy this recipe!

  • Annie June 15, 2013, 10:08 am

    Nami, this is so easy and tasty. If you could post more recipes like this, marinate and stick in the oven type recipes, I would be so grateful!!!

    Thank you!

    • Nami June 17, 2013, 11:23 am

      Hi Annie! Thank you for trying this recipe and happy to hear you enjoyed it! Yes, I’m a big fan of easy recipes too, and hope to share more recipes like this. Meanwhile I hope you check out others easy recipes that are already posted on my blog. Thank you very much for your kind feedback!

  • Ryan August 18, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Hi! I’m a college student that’s looking for some nice easy food to make like this. However, I’m not 21 yet, so I can’t buy sake. Is there a good substitute for it?

    • Nami August 18, 2013, 9:32 pm

      Hi Ryan! If you have a Japanese grocery store nearby, you can use “Cooking Sake”. They are not considered alcohol, and it’s more of seasonings, so it’s available for purchase without ID. If you cannot find cooking sake, then… hmmm… you can dilute with water a little bit (if soy sauce taste is too strong). Hope that helps, and enjoy the recipe!

  • Siska October 7, 2013, 1:33 am

    Hi naomi..
    Your chicken looks yummy.. I would like to ask, what must i use if i don’t have sake or dry sherry? Thank you naomi..

    • Nami October 7, 2013, 10:36 am

      Do you use any alcohol? Like white wine or Chinese rice wine? They are okay too since it’s a small portion. It helps removing gamey taste, so it’s kind of important. But if you don’t really care about the gamey flavor, you can omit it. :)

  • Anna October 7, 2013, 6:41 am

    Hi, Nami,
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. The chicken looks delicious.
    Love your blog!

  • Yulianda October 13, 2013, 6:22 am

    Hi Nami. It is possible if I marinade overnight the chicken in cooler box with ice? I live in dormitory, and no refrigerator in here.

    • Nami October 13, 2013, 9:16 pm

      Hi Yulianda! Chicken has to be stored below 40F or below. If your ice box can keep that temperature or below, it should be safe. :)

  • Ei November 13, 2013, 5:35 am

    what do you mean by its tastier than it looks.that was hella amazing and my mouth is watering.

    • Nami November 17, 2013, 2:56 pm

      Aww thanks Ei! :)

  • Lorely @ Butter Love Affair November 20, 2013, 6:51 pm

    Hi Nami, this tastes so good!!! :) I marinated it before I went to bed and in the morning, got up at 6:30AM, placed it in the oven and it was cooking while my husband and I were getting ready for work. By around 7:05, it was done and the house smelled delicious! We had a very yummy packed lunch! :) Love love love your recipes!

    • Nami November 20, 2013, 11:56 pm

      Hi Lorely! Wow you cooked this in the morning! So disciplined!! :D I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed your fresh lunch! :)

  • soh December 9, 2013, 8:48 pm

    Hi, I tried this recipe for lunch, it turned out so yummy, my girl love it, do you think I can use whole chicken for this christmas ? I am not a good cook, need your advice, how long should bake for whole chicken? any other tips.
    Thank you for sharing !

    • Nami December 9, 2013, 8:59 pm

      Hi Soh! Thank you so much for trying this recipe! For the whole chicken to absorb good flavor, you need to marinate a little longer. But at the same time you don’t want to make the chicken salty either, so the balance is a little bit difficult. Small drumettes/wings works better because meat is think so the flavor goes in easier. If you really want to try with whole chicken, marinate for a longer time, but try adjusting with soy sauce amount. Maybe reduce a little bit to marinade for a longer time and 1-2 hours before cooking add the rest of soy sauce. That way you cook with the sauce but it won’t be too salty. The cooking time vary depending on the size. Hope that helps. :)

  • Clif February 13, 2014, 1:35 pm

    Making this for my Valentines Day dinner. Can I do this on my grill? If so how do I adapt the cook time etc?

    • Nami February 13, 2014, 8:46 pm

      Hi Clif! Sure, you can. :) But when you marinade the chicken first, it gets burn easily over BBQ grill. I recommend you to baste it several times while grilling. Hope I answered in time before your Valentine’s Day dinner…

  • crystal February 18, 2014, 3:09 am

    Just wanted to say thankyou Nami.
    I have just made this recipe and oh my god, it was amazing ! i couldnt understand that honey and soy sauce could go so well ! I was sceptical but when we ate that chicken…ooooh mmy goodness its so good !!!

    Thanks again :)

    • Nami February 18, 2014, 8:38 am

      Hi Crystal! Thank you so much for your feedback. Glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe. Yes, it’s simple and easy yet delicious! Most of Japanese recipes uses soy sauce, mirin or/and sugar to make similar flavor (aka teriyaki sauce). Thank you again! :)

  • Jenny Norman February 24, 2014, 10:49 pm

    Love this site already.Just cooked fried rice for the first time.Tomorrow going to cook honey soy chicken.

    • Nami February 24, 2014, 10:59 pm

      Hi Jenny! I hope you enjoy this recipe! :)

  • kwbentodiary March 31, 2014, 8:41 pm

    oh gosh….my family will LOVE this recipe!! Just nice for me to add in my bento as my kids love drumettes :)

  • Charles Ching April 6, 2014, 12:14 am

    Made your Honey Shoyu Chicken. Was really simple and so good.

    • Nami April 7, 2014, 10:18 pm

      Hi Charles! So glad you tried this recipe and you liked it! Thank you very much for your feedback! :)

  • Pepper April 13, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Hi Nami,

    My sister and I made this recipe tonight… to be used for our bento lunches tomorrow. Sadly, it didn’t make it to our bento boxes. On the plus side, it was really delicious while it lasted! We just couldn’t resist it, then we had to share with mom and dad… and our uncle who was over. Everyone enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing this recipe. We followed everything as directed, and it smelled and looked wonderful!

    • Nami April 14, 2014, 10:19 pm

      Hi Pepper! Haha, well it’s too bad that they didn’t make it into bento lunches, but I’m very happy to hear your family enjoyed this recipe! Thank you so much for your kind feedback! :)

  • Kate April 30, 2014, 10:04 am

    I’ve tried this twice now. The marinade makes even chicken breasts juicy when baked. Also works well for grilled chicken. Yum!

    • Nami April 30, 2014, 9:38 pm

      Hi Kate! Thanks so much for trying this dish two times already! Happy to hear you enjoy the recipe! :)

  • Natasha June 29, 2014, 8:13 am

    Hi! I just found your site and it’s amazing! I tried your tuna tataki and it was a real winner with my boyfriend. I am thinking of trying this chicken recipe tonight. I noticed that you turn you measuring cup over in the bag to get every last drop of honey. Someone recently showed me a neat trick of lightly lining the spoon or measuring cup with olive oil which results in the honey slipping right out. Hope this helps!

    • Nami June 29, 2014, 8:16 am

      Hi Natasha! Thank you so much for the tip! I’ll definitely try that out. I usually use mini silicon spatula to take out the last bit of condiments but someone told me they don’t have those spatulas… =P Your tip is good for everyone! :)

      I’m happy to hear you and your boyfriend enjoyed the tataki recipe! Thank you so much for your kind feedback. xoxo

  • Z. July 9, 2014, 7:38 am

    Hi Nami
    Thank you for your wonderful site and recipes.
    Can I ask you if I can use vinegar instead of sake?

    Thank you :D

    • Nami July 9, 2014, 7:05 pm

      Hi Z! Thank you for following my site! :)

      Sake and vinegar is different thing and you can’t substitute each other. If you have Chinese rice wine or dry white wine (such as sherry) you can use instead. Otherwise you can omit. Sake helps flavor of the seasonings more mild and remove games flavor. If you plan to cook a lot of Japanese food, sake is one of must ingredients. Hope this helps! :)

  • Haszreen July 25, 2014, 9:28 pm

    Hi! can i know what is substitute for sake and dry sherry? because i am a muslim i can’t drink alcohol, can you give another for ingredient to replace (sake and dry sherry). thanks

    • Nami July 26, 2014, 4:54 pm

      Hi Haszreen! You can just omit it, but dilute the sauce with water. Maybe add a bit of ginger (optional) to remove gamey flavor from chicken? We use sake to remove the gamey flavor from meat. But that’s up to you if you don’t mind. Hope this helps and enjoy the recipe! Thank you for vising my site!

      • Haszreen July 27, 2014, 1:18 am

        Ah! thanks.. i will try it. thanks for helping

        • Nami July 28, 2014, 12:11 am

          Hope you enjoy, Haszreen! :)

  • Natalie August 4, 2014, 1:08 am

    Hi Nami, looks like I’m going to share all my reviews on all the dishes that I’ve tried on your blog! I really loved this simple dish! Something an amateur like me can totally handle. The drumlets turned out beautifully brown and had a lovely sweetness to it. This was truly finger-lic’ken good =D . One question, do you think I can sub the chicken with short pork ribs? If possible, will it be the same time / temp in the oven? We are expecting some friends this weekend and am wondering if this can be done! Thank you Nami !

    • Nami August 4, 2014, 10:52 pm

      Hi Natalie! Isn’t this dish easy and delicious? So glad you enjoyed it too! Hmm instead of short pork ribs, I’d use meatballs (beef/pork/or chicken), other parts of chicken, etc since it has nice sweet taste to it. I haven’t made it with other kinds of meat, so I can’t give you the right time, so please adjust according to your ingredients. :)

  • lucille clarke September 25, 2014, 10:32 am

    This dish looks delicious. My family eats many dishes prepared with chicken. I am always looking for different ways to prepare it.

  • Gabriela October 16, 2014, 9:02 am

    I saw a post on tumbler with a picture of this recipe and I came looking. I am so glad I did, I am a new mom too with little time and little sleep, this is amazing! I will def follow you! Not only did we love the chicken but the easy prep was so great for me! Thank you and know you have a new mom fan!