This full-flavored dinner requires only $9.60 and 30 minutes to make 4 servings... that's fast food at its finest. The vibrant glaze--which pulls bold flavors from soy sauce, honey, lime juice, fresh ginger, and garlic--would be equally delicious on chicken breasts or pork chops.
3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, grated
8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds), skinned
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 (6-ounce) packages microwave-in-bag snow peas
1 (8.5-ounce) pouch precooked brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1/8 teaspoon salt
Est. added sugars 9g
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°. Combine soy sauce and next 6 ingredients (through garlic) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
Cut a 1/2-inch-deep slit in meaty end of each drumstick. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Heat an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add drumsticks; cook 4 minutes, browning on all sides. Add sauce; turn to coat. Place pan in oven. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes, turning occasionally.
Prepare snow peas according to package directions. Prepare rice according to package directions. Combine snow peas, rice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, rind, and salt in a bowl. Drizzle any remaining soy sauce mixture over drumsticks. Serve with snow pea mixture.
Based on the other review, I doubled the sauce. And I'm glad I did, otherwise there would've been very little to spoon over the rice. I also found the cooking time wasn't enough and wound up increasing the oven temp to 425 for an additional 10 minutes to ensure the chicken was fully cooked. The brown rice and the snow peas almost seemed like an after thought here. I wound up cooking the peas in some sesame oil with a bit of soy sauce and lime zest. Definitely a low-cost meal but not one I'm sure I will make again.
Disappointing. With the ingredient proportions as listed, my version came out bland. I think a thicker version of the sauce, maybe by using a higher honey to water ratio would allow more of the sauce to cover the chicken and end up in your mouth. All mine did was evaporate leaving a hint of flavor. Will not make this one again.
What a perfect, quick weeknight supper meal. The chicken came together quickly and cooked up beautifully in my cast iron skillet. I think the ingredients are supposed to have sugar snap peas instead of snow peas though. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://www.takingonmagazines.com/honey-lime-drumsticks-with-snow-peas-and-brown-rice/
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