Food & Nutrition

Jerk Chicken Drumsticks with Mango Jicama Sauce

We get it, grilled chicken is your go to. It’s perfect to have on top of a salad, tucked into a wrap, in a bowl of pasta—and the list goes on. So it’s no surprise you’re looking to spice up your grilled chicken game, and we have the recipe you’ve been waiting for: jerk chicken drumsticks with mango jicama sauce.

You won’t believe it only takes 20 minutes to whip up this mouthwatering dish. Simply coat the drumsticks with spices, grill for 16 to 18 minutes, and make the sauce while the chicken cooks. If you don’t have a grill, don’t worry; it takes about the same amount of time to bake the drumsticks in the oven.

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If you’re still not convinced, know that jicama is packed with fiber, meaning it’ll keep you full longer and promote weight loss. It’s also a good source of vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, and several minerals. Not to mention, the fruit is low in calories despite its sweet taste.

To make the sauce, you’ll mix jicama with mangoes, cabbage, scallions, lime juice, and honey, a seriously irresistible combination. If you’re not a meat eater, you can also use this sauce to top fish, tofu, or rice. Whether you’re a chicken enthusiast or could do without it, believe us, whatever you make with this jicama sauce will be out of this world.

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How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat a gas grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F). Stir together thyme, allspice, cayenne, ginger, 1 tablespoon of the oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt in a large bowl until combined. Add drumsticks; toss to coat.

Step 2

Place chicken on lightly oiled grill grates; grill, covered, turning occasionally, until charred and a thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°F, 16 to 18 minutes. (Alternative cooking method: Preheat oven to 475°F. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Place chicken on rack. Bake in preheated oven until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°F, about 18 minutes.)

Step 3

While chicken cooks, whisk together lime juice, honey, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add mangos, jicama, cabbage, and scallions; toss to coat. Serve chicken with slaw.

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