Sticky Lemon, Thyme and Honey Chicken Drumsticks

sticky lemon thyme and honey chicken drumsticks

This pregnancy is like a roller-coaster trip in food tastes. It was not like this with Ethan, I could eat anything, I could even drain down two bowls of fishy fish soup even though I’ve never been a fish person.

But this time, over these first few months, ANY SECOND I’m either throwing up or wanting to throw up, the only exception is when I’m asleep. Once I wake up, I want to puke. Anything I eat has some annoying smell and strange taste. Even that glass of water I sip is the most distasteful liquid in the universe.

When my craving hits me, I feel like my saviour has arrived, I want an enormous portion. And I just eat and eat, that couple minutes when I gobble up that bowl of pho, I want to strip naked and jump into the bowl and swim with the noodle. After that, what I mean “after that” is around 10 minutes later, the after-taste starts to attack me, so bad that I don’t wants to eat for the rest of my life.

My best friend is lemon. 2000 packs of super lemon candy in my purse, 4000 cans of lemonade soda in my pantry, 7000 fresh lemon in my fridge. I cook with lemon ALL THE TIME……until the day my husband decides to divorce me.

Ingredients (serves 2-4):
8 – 10 large chicken drumsticks
salt and freshly ground pepper to season
3 tablespoon olive oil
4-5 slices of ginger
1 head of garlic, all cloves peeled and lightly crushed
few thyme sprigs
2 tablespoon white wine
2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
3 tablespoon honey
1 cup hot water or chicken stock
1 lemon, finely sliced

Season the drumsticks with salt and pepper.
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Brown the chicken pieces on each side over high heat for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Remove from pan.
Add ginger, garlic and thyme to the pan. Stir fry lightly.
Add white wine to deglaze the pan. Drizzle over the soy sauce and honey.
Pour in hot water, add the lemon slices and drumsticks. Lower heat to medium high, let the liquid bubble until it becomes thick, about 10 minutes or until the drumsticks cook through. Add spoonful water at a time if the sauce becomes dry.
Transfer the chicken to a plate and serve immediately with steamed rice.


  1. I'm intrigued by the difference between this pregnancy and when you carried Ethan. There never seems to be a rhyme or reason for the discrepancy. Perhaps you're carrying a girl? Different hormones? It's a good thing that there are plenty of good lemon recipes.

  2. sorry to hear you are having a tougher time with this pregnancy. But obviously, you can still cook really well. Those chicken legs looks soooooo YUMMY. Garlic, honey, lemon, thyme…. ohhh so good

  3. One of my friends had the same experience with all her pregnancies. All smells made her naseous and she couldn't eat. Instead of lemon, crackers were her best friend. I'm glad you found lemon. ;-)


  4. Congratulations! I'm pregnant with my first and I totally understand what you're going through. May I also suggest raw unripe mango? It's great for nausea.. you can make it into salads, etc. Hope this helps! :)

  5. First congratulations to you and your husband!! I'm sorry that you have been feeling so horrible :( hopefully it will start to get better or you're going to have to eat lemons for the rest of the pregnancy :)hehe

    Great recipe I love cooking with lemons.

  6. LOL lululu you are so funny haha I am not laughing about you puking all the time but about your constant savior, the lemon. :)

    Congrats on your 2nd baby!!! Do you know if it's a girl or boy yet? I hope the morning sickness gets a little better, maybe placing a warm rag on the back of your neck or stomach may help? Either way, I wish you luck for a healthy and not too barfy pregnancy!

    This lemon thyme and honey chicken may have just hit the spot for me — I'm going to make this for dinner tonight I'll tell you how it turns out :)!

  7. Congrats….sorry that you are throwing out at times. I guess this drumstick with thyme and lemon would be great for you…lemony taste is what every woman loves during pregnancy :)

  8. Nausea=no fun! Amazing that you can eat such a flavorful dish though. This sounds just perfect.

  9. Glad to see your pregnant, congrats! Sorry you have so much nausea :( Great recipe, I love lemon thyme chicken, and making them sticky makes them perfect!

  10. Congratulations!! The chicken drumsticks look so tempting with all the sticky glaze!

  11. My husband loves chicken legs, so I'm sure he'll love these. I had the same pregnancy experience. Hang in there!

  12. Congratulations!!! Boy or girl this time?? What if you suddenly crave durian? leung fun? cheong fun? bud jai go? dim suen?

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