Sweet-&-Sour Chicken Drumsticks

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Chicken drumsticks stay deliciously moist when grilled—even with the skin removed. Minty sweet-and-sour dipping sauce adds a refreshing twist to “ordinary” grilled chicken. Make it a meal: Serve with brown rice and slices of fresh pineapple.

Sweet-&-Sour Chicken Drumsticks
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
Ingredients
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cider vinegar, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

  • 8 chicken drumsticks, (about 2 pounds), skin removed, trimmed

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions
  1. 4 servings

  2. Preheat grill to medium. (No grill? See Broiler Variation, below.)

  3. To prepare dipping sauce, combine orange zest, orange juice, water, honey, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and coriander in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Whisk cornstarch and the remaining 1 teaspoon vinegar in a small bowl until smooth. Add to the saucepan and return to a boil, whisking until thickened, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in mint.

  4. Sprinkle drumsticks with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the drumsticks until crispy on all sides and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, about 15 minutes total. Serve the drumsticks with the dipping sauce on the side.

  5. Broiler variation: Position oven rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat broiler to high. Prepare sauce (Step 2). Coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle drumsticks with salt and pepper (Step 3), then broil, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, about 15 minutes total.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
4
Per serving
Calories
255
Carbohydrates
16g
Fat
8g
Saturated Fat
2g
Monounsaturated Fat
3g
Protein
29g
Cholesterol
93mg
Dietary Fiber
1g
Potassium
315mg
Sodium
389mg
Added Sugars
Exchanges
4 lean meat
1 other carbohydrate
Carbohydrate Servings
1
Selenium (27% daily value)
Vitamin C (15% dv).

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