Monday, April 18, 2016

Chicken for Days

I love meals that you can cook once and turn into multiple meals. This is one of those. I whipped up this week-night meal and now I also have yummy chicken to add to salads for my work lunches throughout the week. Super easy, relatively healthy and so versatile!

Chicken Drumsticks

  • Chicken drumsticks (I get the large, long package at the grocery store - usually less than $10!!) 
  • Your choice of marinade. Here are some options: 
    • Raspberry Chipotle marinade (my favorite) 
    • Frank's Hot Wing Sauce 
    • BBQ Sauce 
    • Honey Mustard 
    • Italian Dressing 

Basically, go to the sauce/marinade section of the grocery store and look at your ingredients. Try to stick with low calorie, low sodium options. Less than 100 calories per 2 tbsp. and try not to go over 200 mg. of sodium (this is difficult to do in a lot of marinades).


  • THE NIGHT/DAY BEFORE: Separate your drumsticks into 1 gallon bags, based on how many different flavors you want to do. 
  • Pour in marinade until chicken is pretty covered. Try for about 1/4 c. marinade per 3 drumsticks. 
  • Close the bag, leave a little air in it. Shake around the chicken and the marinade until it's all pretty coated. 
  • Then remove the extra air in the bag, close back up the Ziploc and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. This could stay in the fridge for a couple days. 
  • Once ready to cook, heat oven to 450 degrees. 
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay the drumsticks onto the foil. 
  • Bake for about 45 minutes or until the edges of the chicken are starting to char. 
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy! 

If making for a dinner, I recommend pairing with sweet potato fries and a salad. I chopped up sweet potato fries and roasted them at the same time as the drumsticks. Made for a really quick meal.

You can also shred up the chicken and heat it up to top salads or make into a sandwich or wrap. Endless possibilities!

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