These sexy chicken legs caught my eye and had me drooling! It is one of the recipes in Cindy’s upcoming book, Paleo Takes 5 -or- Fewer which is scheduled to be released on October 21, 2014.
The ginger, balsamic and dates on its ingredient list sounded like a stellar combination so I knew I had to make it for dinner. Paired with a simple kale salad for a complete meal, it was a very simple yet flavorful dish. My husband who hates ginger absolutely loved this one and told me it’s a keeper. Good job Cindy! 🙂
Cindy is the brains behind PALEOdISH and I met her and her husband Dustin in Berkeley when she was in California for the AHS back in July. She’s a down to earth lady with a very infectious smile!
Paleo Takes 5 -or- Fewer contains delicious recipes that can be made with less than 5 ingredients. What an incredible way to make eating Paleo easier! Recipes such as Pork Belly with Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Crusted Chicken Strips, Mushroom and Sausage Beef Roll, Lamb Chops Infused with Mint and Lemon sound fancy but Cindy makes it easy as 1-2-3 (or in this case, 3-4-5 ingredients) so you can prepare and enjoy these healthy and nutrient dense meals in no time.
Today I’m sharing with you her Ginger Balsamic Date Glazed Chicken Legs, a sneak peek recipe from Paleo Takes 5 -or- Fewer. You know how I love quick and easy week night recipes and this is definitely one of them.
- 6 chicken legs/drumsticks, skin-on
- 3 tbsp (33 g) cooking fat (we used butter/ghee)
- 8 fresh dates, pitted and finely chopped
- 3⁄4 cup (180 mL) balsamic vinegar (good quality)
- 1 tbsp (15 g) fresh ginger, grated
- 1⁄2 tsp salt
- ground pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Start by brushing chicken legs with some melted cooking fat. Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan and bake for 35 minutes, or until skin becomes crispy (internal temperature of 175°F (79°C)).
- In the meantime, puree dates, balsamic vinegar, ginger, salt and pepper in a small food processor. Pulse these ingredients together until a paste has formed. You may have to stop it occasionally and scrape the mixture off the sides, as sometimes the dates can stick.
- Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat on the stovetop, stirring occasionally until it becomes the consistency of a honey-like glaze. If it is too thick you may have to add in a little bit more balsamic.
- Remove the chicken when cooked and brush generously with the date glaze, making sure the entire drumstick is coated. Return to oven and broil for approximately 5 minutes, watching closely. You can use tongs to turn, and broil opposite side if you wish. Let them sit and cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
- Side note: The glaze is sweet, so a little goes a long way!
- Nutrient Density Fact: Dates are a good source of copper.