Caramel-Lime Drumsticks with Shaved Celery Salad

Caramel-Lime Drumsticks with Shaved Celery Salad

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From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 8 chicken drumsticks (about 2½ pounds total)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound celery hearts, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice plus ¼ cup, divided
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


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  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 450°F. Set a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet and coat both with cooking spray.
  2. 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°F, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Combine the remaining ¼ 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.
  5. 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 information

  • Serving size: 2 drumsticks & 1 cup salad
  • Per serving: 440 calories; 24 g fat(8 g sat); 2 g fiber; 19 g carbohydrates; 36 g protein; 45 mcg folate; 203 mg cholesterol; 15 g sugars; 13 g added sugars; 700 IU vitamin A; 11 mg vitamin C; 73 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 759 mg sodium; 666 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ vegetable, 1 other carbohydrate, 4 medium-fat protein, 2 fat

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