Buffalo chicken legs kick up the heat in this fast recipe

The Miami HeraldJuly 9, 2014 

FOOD QUICKFIX MI

Kick up the heat with Buffalo chicken legs with blue cheese salad for a fast recipe.AL DIAZ/The Miami Herald

AL DIAZ — MCT

Add a tangy, cool salad topped with blue cheese dressing to balance the heat of these fiery Buffalo-style chicken legs. The heat level is up to you.

The recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of tomato paste. Freeze extra for another recipe.

Countdown

• Prepare chicken ingredients.

• Make chicken.

• While chicken cooks, make salad.

Wine and beer

• Fred Tasker's wine suggestion: Linda is getting so spicy here that I throw up my hands and suggest ice-cold beer.

• Evan Benn's beer suggestion: Good call, Fred. The heat of this dish calls for a thirst-quenching, well-chilled Yuengling Lager from Pennsylvania.

Buffalo Chicken Legs

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you like it really hot)

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon canola oil

8 skinless chicken drumsticks

Mix cayenne, honey, vinegar, tomato paste and garlic together to form a smooth sauce; set aside. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown for 5 minutes, turn and brown 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to low and add sauce to the skillet, stir to coat chicken. Cover and cook 5 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Divide chicken among two plates, spooning extra pan sauce over the drumsticks. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 350 calories (36 percent from fat), 14 g fat (2.4 g saturated, 6.8 g monounsaturated), 162 mg cholesterol, 34.4 g protein, 21.7 g carbohydrates, 0.9 g fiber, 174 mg sodium.

Blue Cheese Salad

4 cups washed, ready-to-eat lettuce

1 cup strawberries, washed, hulled and cut in half

1 cup blueberries, washed

2 tablespoons reduced-fat blue cheese dressing

Divide lettuce between two plates. Add strawberries and blueberries. Drizzle with blue cheese dressing to make a red, white and blue pattern. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 98 calories (17 percent from fat), 1.8 g fat (0.5 g saturated, 0.4 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 3 g protein, 20.1 g carbohydrates, 5.5 g fiber, 150 mg sodium.

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