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Try molasses drumsticks with soy sauce

By Greg Summers

Chef Nancy Hughes hopes you’re hungry.

The author of “15-Minute Diabetic Meals” and the “The 4-Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook” has put together an easy-to-make Molasses Drumsticks with Soy Sauce recipe that’s finger-licking, lip-smacking good.

“The molasses gives it a deep, earthy sweetness. It’s like a real dark, rummy brown sugar,” Hughes said in an instructional video posted on the American Diabetes Association website.

Hughes said the trick to this recipe is to skin the drumsticks. She recommends holding each drumstick with a paper towel and pulling the skin  loose from the big end to the small end in one continuous motion.

“You (diabetics) can have chicken drumsticks,” Hughes said. “You just have to take the skin off.”

Hughes also suggests using a citrus reamer to extract the juice from the lime. An average lime, she said, produces about 2 tablespoons of lime juice.

“If you have a lime that won’t juice very well, place it in a bowl of boiling water for about five minutes, she said. “It will soften right up.”


Molasses Drumsticks with Soy Sauce


1/4 cup light soy sauce 

2 tablespoons lime juice

8 chicken drumsticks, skin removed, rinsed and patted dry

2 tablespoons dark molasses


– Stir the soy sauce and lime juice together in a small bowl until well blended. Place the drumsticks in a large, zippered plastic bag. Add 3 tablespoons of the soy sauce mixture to the bag. Seal tightly and shake back and forth to coat chicken evenly.

– Refrigerate overnight or at least two hours, turning occasionally. 

– Add the molasses to the remaining soy sauce mixture, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.

– Preheat broiler. Line a broiler pan with aluminum foil. Lightly coat the broiler rack and pan with nonstick cooking spray, place the drumsticks on the rack and discard any marinade in the bag. Broil six inches away from the heat source for 25 minutes, turning every five minutes or until the drumsticks are no longer pink in the center. 

– Place the drumsticks in a large bowl. Stir and then pour the reserved soy sauce mixture over the drumsticks. Toss the drumsticks gently to coat evenly and let them stand 3 minutes to develop flavors. Serve immediately.


– Recipe from “The 4-ingredient Diabetes Cookbook”