Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Braised Chicken Drumsticks

I don't believe I've mentioned recently how much I love this cookbook. Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for 2 has a tremendous amount of really good slow cooker recipes just the right size for me and the Brain. That and we haven't had anything turn out bad yet. That's kind of an understatement. Everything we've made has been really really good. And there's not a can of cream of mushroom soup in sight. Actually the cookbook is very lactose intollerant friendly. A definite plus on our noses.

Today's recipe of Braised Chicken Drumsticks with Garbanzo Beans and Dried Fruit is yet another example of the excellent food in this cookbook. I followed Courtney's lead and went over to Spark Recipes and figured out the nutritional value. This super delicious and easy crock pot dish is very high in both Vitamin C and fiber. The sodium and fat content were a little high so I cut out 1 tablspoon of oil and used low sodium chicken broth. I was also surprised to find out that there were only 4g sugar. I think that makes it a good dish for diabetics, however Atkins type people might want to be aware of the 44g carbohydrates. I need those carbs though to power myself around the block again. I'm getting speedier and now I don't hurt until the last 3 houses. Whoo look at me go now.

Ooops. I got sidetracked there. Anyway, check out Sparks Recipes. It's a pretty interesting site and you can totally find out the nutrition content easily for your recipes.

Braised Chicken Drumstics with Garbanzo Beans and Dried Fruit

1 medium yellow onion, sliced
1/2 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
3/4 cup canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
4 dried apricot halves, each cut into quarters
2 Tbsp golden raisins
1 cup chicken broth, low sodium
1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cumin
pinch of mace
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 chicken drumsticks
a few strips of orange zest
1 Tbsp cornstarch

Spray the inside of the crock with nonstick cooking spray. Place the onion, pepper, cilantro, apricots, and raisins in the slow cooker. Add 3/4 cup of the broth, the vinegar, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, mace, ginger, cayenne pepper, and salt.

Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat and add the chicken legs. Cook until the chicken is browned , about 5 minutes; add to the crock, laying the pieces side by side.Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours (or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours), until the chicken is cooked through.

Remove the chicken legs from the crock with a slotted spoon to a plate; cover with foil and keep warm.Increase the heat to HIGH. Whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup chicken broth, the orange zest, and the cornstarch in a small bowl; stir into the vegetables and broth in the crock. Return the chicken to the crock, cover, and continue to cook for 15 minutes, until sauce is thickened. Serve hot. Serves 2.

Per Serving: 358.1 Calories, 10.7g Fat, (1.7g Saturated Fat), 57.0mg Cholesterol, 956.0mg Sodium, 680.1mg Potassium, 44.5 total Carbohydrate, 6.6g Fiber, 4.0g Sugar, 22.5g Protein.


glamah16 said...

Is'nt it addictive? Sparks. And see now you can really enjoy a great dish like this with out the guilt and cut back where you need to. I'm going to be obsessed with this!As always a excellent dish and I like you and relived they ommited the obiglitory can of cream of mushroom! You can slow cook without it.

Amanda said...

Ooh it sounds wonderful. I love chicken + dried fruit + legumes. Yummy!

Cynthia said...

I imagine that this must be even meatier with the chick peas.

I hope that you are feeling much better.

Deborah said...

I have been seeing dishes lately with drumsticks that all have me drooling - and this one is no exception! I think I need to make myself some drumsticks!!

Tempered Woman said...

Wow~ thanks for the great link. I've never even seen that sight before! I love chickpeas so I'm thinking I need to make a run for drumsticks stat! I keep seeing this cookbook too, dare I buy another, arghhhh??

Emiline said...

This is a very Moroccan recipe, yes? It sounds great. I love eating chicken drumsticks.

#1 reason-built in handle.

Cakelaw said...

What a lovely sounding dish Mary - anything with ginger and chicken has my vote.