2tablespoonshoneyor a liquid sugar-free substitute
½teaspoonred pepper flakes
1teaspoonDiamond Crystal kosher salt
½teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
10(4 oz each)chicken drumsticksskin on
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and grease the foil well. It's important to line the pan to prevent some major cleanup as the honey caramelizes.
In a small bowl, using a fork, combine the first nine ingredients (all of them except the chicken) to make a paste.
Arrange the chicken pieces in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Spoon the paste on top, spreading it all over the drumsticks. (See important comment in the Notes section below).
Bake until the chicken is fragrant, well-browned and cooked through, 35-45 minutes, depending on your oven. Baste the chicken midway through baking, and keep a close eye on it after it's been 30 minutes in the oven. If it's darkening too much on top, loosely cover it with foil and continue baking until it's cooked through. Aim for an internal temperature of 165 ºF.
If the paste hardens on the cold chicken pieces and is impossible to spread, bake the chicken for 10 minutes and then spread the paste, as shown in the video. Then continue baking, basting one more time midway through, until the chicken is cooked through (the internal temperature should reach 165 ºF), 25-35 more minutes.My Jerk seasoning recipe is based on this recipe by Aaron McCargo Jr.If using a sugar-free honey substitute, a serving has 275 calories and 1 gram of carbs.