Brush drumsticks with a soy sauce and tomato paste mixture before baking and serve with cowboy beans.
8 skinless chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds)
2 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup unsalted ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted pinto beans, rinsed and drained
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°.
Place drumsticks on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray; bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Combine tomato paste, soy sauce, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a bowl. Brush half of soy sauce mixture over chicken; bake at 450° for 10 minutes. Turn, brush with remaining soy sauce mixture, and bake at 450° for 5 minutes or until chicken is done.
Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 6 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ketchup, and next 6 ingredients (through paprika); bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add beans; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Serve with drumsticks.
I doubled the sauce, using half to marinate the skinned chicken legs for several hours and then I grilled them on our Traeger. I made the beans as written, but they seemed very under-cooked even though I cooked them longer than the recipe called for. Next time, I will double the beans as well and cook them slowly for an hour or so. Nice flavors, things just need a bit of tweaking.
This was great, fast, indoor barbecue food. I used chicken thighs and reduced cooking time by about five minutes. I also used a tri bean blend can, organic. Served with green beans. Great flavor and very easy!
The taste of the chicken might be improved by doubling the amount of soy sauce mixture. We found it a bit dry and bland. The beans were good, however. The recipe is relatively fast and easy, so I may try this one again with double sauce.
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