For some reason both of us grew up avoiding dark meat like the plague. We were both "that person" at the BBQ, insisting on getting the BBQ'd chicken breast, using phrases like "I only eat white meat, its healthier for you" or "dark meat doesn't taste as good". If you'd ask were we learned to avoid dark meat, it was just one of those things that everyone knew. In retrospect, everyone was probably looking at use like we were crazy, but I don't think we're alone here. Its really more of a bigger issue than white or dark, this whole country has a really awkward relationship with food. Its like being 13 again, with the braces and the acne and the awkwardness and instead of asking out that certain girl or talking to the cute boy, you sit and doodle on your Trapper Keeper. Then the one time you go over there, your mouth starts moving and god only knows whats coming out, but its not what you had in mind. America's relationship with food is kinda like that, everything is low fat no carb sugar free bland blech blah, and we're still unhealthy. Chicken is one of those great foods thats gotten the raw deal on this exchange. Somewhere along the line dark meat got branded as unhealthy, something about more fat than white meat. In reality, dark meat is AWESOME and is just as healthy for you as white meat, if not more so. Actually, dark meat is unhealthy if you binge on a giant box of 20 deep fried drum sticks from KFC, but if you chowed down on 20 deep fried white meat chicken strips, your probably in the same boat. Dark meat has more good for you stuff than its white counterpart like more zinc, iron, vitamins A K B6 B 12 and stuff we can't even pronounce (pantothenic acid, whatever that is). Oh and did we mention, dark meat is super affordable? 5 good sized drumsticks (enough for the two of us) for $1.67. Thats a meal of steal right there. So why have we been on a big boycott of dark meat all these years? Who knows, probably because everyone else was doing it, but now, that boycott is over! Expect to see more and more delicious drumsticks and grilled wings from us!
Honey Lime Drumsticks What You Will Need 4-5 chicken drumsticks 2 Tbs canola oil 6 Tbs soy sauce 7 Tbs honey The juice of 3 limes The zest of 1 lime 2 garlic cloves (crushed) 1 Tbs brown sugar 2 Tbs chili garlic sauce In a large bowl whisk all of the ingredients together and marinade the drumsticks for about 1 hour or more. Once you are ready to cook, remove the chicken and pour the marinade into a small sauce pot and simmer, reduce into a nice glaze and set aside. You can grill these drumsticks outside which is what we had planned but decided to use our grill pan stove top instead (mostly because we were starving and didn't want to wait for a grill to heat up!) Grill on medium heat, making sure not to burn the skins, brush the drumsticks on every side multiple times so the chicken has a nice thick glaze. Cook thoroughly and serve with a few lime wedges.