A super-easy caramel sauce brushed onto oven-roasted chicken drumsticks makes this an impressive fast weeknight dinner or go-to party appetizer. A cool shaved celery salad spiked with lime juice keeps things refreshing and simple. Serve with rice noodles tossed with sesame oil and a splash of soy sauce.

Julia Clancy
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018

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Recipe Summary

active:
35 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 450 degrees F. Set a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet and coat both with cooking spray.

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  • Place chicken on the rack and sprinkle both sides with salt. Roast on the lower rack until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part without touching bone registers 165 degrees F, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, use a vegetable peeler to shave as much of the celery as you can into ribbons. Thinly slice any celery that can't be shaved. Toss the celery in a large bowl with oil, lime zest and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Set aside.

  • Combine the remaining 1/4 cup lime juice and tamari in a small bowl; set near the stove. Whisk brown sugar and water in a small skillet. Then, without stirring, cook over medium heat until the sugar is bubbling, fragrant and deep amber in color, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the tamari mixture. Return to medium heat and simmer rapidly, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in butter.

  • Preheat broiler to high. Brush the chicken with some of the caramel sauce. Broil on the upper rack until browned in spots, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve the chicken over the reserved celery salad with the remaining caramel sauce drizzled on top.

Nutrition Facts

440 calories; protein 35.6g 71% DV; carbohydrates 19g 6% DV; dietary fiber 1.8g 7% DV; sugars 15.1g; fat 24.1g 37% DV; saturated fat 8.1g 40% DV; cholesterol 202.9mg 68% DV; vitamin a iu 699.9IU 14% DV; vitamin c 10.6mg 18% DV; folate 44.8mcg 11% DV; calcium 73.4mg 7% DV; iron 2.2mg 12% DV; magnesium 46.2mg 17% DV; potassium 666.4mg 19% DV; sodium 758.9mg 30% DV; added sugar 13g.
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