Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 drumsticks and about 1/2 cup bean mixture)

Brush drumsticks with a soy sauce and tomato paste mixture before baking and serve with cowboy beans. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Ratings & Reviews

3 1/2 stars

April 10, 2016
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.

You have to try the beans!

October 05, 2015
The cowboy beans clearly steal the show. I'll admit I used an organic BBQ sauce on the chicken legs.  I forgot I was out of tomato paste and soy sauce.


September 12, 2015
I made this with the honey mustard glazed carrots and it was a hit all around!  


September 10, 2015
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!

Great beans, fair chicken

September 05, 2015
The beans and carrots (paired with the magazine) were really good, and the chicken came out well, but the sauce isn't super great.

Easy but a bit bland

August 28, 2015
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.