You'll find everything but the tiki torch in this updated retro classic. Give the drumsticks a head start on a hot grill pan; then lower the heat so the glaze won't burn.
1/4 cup pineapple juice
3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
8 chicken drumsticks, skinned (about 1 3/4 lb.)
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup peeled and sliced kiwi fruit (about 3 kiwi fruit)
1 cup halved fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
Est. added sugars 3g
How to Make It
Combine pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil. Cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Coat chicken with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 8 minutes, turning occasionally. Reduce heat to medium; brush with soy sauce mixture. Cook 15 minutes or until done, turning and brushing occasionally with soy sauce mixture.
Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, pineapple chunks, kiwi, strawberries, cilantro, juice, and ginger in a bowl. Serve with chicken.
I used chicken thighs because pulling skin off drumsticks is not something I enjoy plus my family likes them better. I doubled the sauce and used half as a marinade for the chicken for 3 hours before grilling the thighs on our Traeger grill. The fruit was yummy. Family seemed to enjoy the meal. Would make again.
I was very disappointed with this recipe as it's written. Drumsticks on a grill pan are nearly impossible to cook all the way through. Use a real grill that you can close so it creates an oven effect to actually cook the meaty parts of the chicken. Also, basting with the sauce throughout cooking only leads to burnt charred sauce on the pan. I'd say save the sauce until almost the end of cooking on the grill so you can actually taste the sweetness instead of just tasting char.