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.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018


Recipe Summary

35 mins
35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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

2 drumsticks & 1 cup salad
440 calories; protein 35.6g; carbohydrates 19g; dietary fiber 1.8g; sugars 15.1g; fat 24.1g; saturated fat 8.1g; cholesterol 202.9mg; vitamin a iu 699.9IU; vitamin c 10.6mg; folate 44.8mcg; calcium 73.4mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 46.2mg; potassium 666.4mg; sodium 758.9mg; added sugar 13g.

1/2 vegetable, 1 other carbohydrate, 4 medium-fat protein, 2 fat