Asian Chicken Drumsticks with Green Beans

It’s so funny where dinner might take you! I was inspired by Clinton Kelly’s Korean BBQ Chicken Drumsticks! I decided to create my own Asian-style green beans to go with it! Then, of course, my daughter asked for rice…and so…dinner was created. I cannot say it’s the most “kidney-friendly” (because of the amount of sodium), but it can be diabetes-friendly (minus the rice). 🙂 So cheers to all who decide to make this meal. It’s fricken delicious!


Health tips: kid-friendly, diabetes-friendly

Chicken Ingredients (4-6 servings)

  • 12-14 skin-on drumsticks
  • olive oil
  • 1/3 c. low-sodium soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
  • 1 TBS rice wine vinegar
  • 3 TBS honey
  • 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 TBS fresh ginger
  • 4 scallions whites and greens separated
  • Sesame seeds


  1. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. In a large bowl, toss drumsticks with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill 25-30 minutes, turning occasionally for 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees. Take off and set aside.
  2. Mean while, in a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame seeds, honey, red pepper flakes and pepper. Set aside.
  3. To a wok or saucepan over medium-high heat, add the garlic, ginger and scallion whites to 1 tsp of sesame oil, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring, to brown slightly.
  4. Add the soy sauce mixture and cook for 3-4 minutes until bubbling.
  5. In a large bowl, toss finished drumsticks with sauce until well-coated, transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle with scallion greens, sesame seeds, and  serve.

Green Bean Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 3 TBS low-sodium soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
  • 3 garlic cloves,  grated or finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flake
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1 TBS sesame oil
  • 1 TBS olive oil


  1. Make sauce; add soy sauce, red pepper flake, and honey in a bowl and mix; set aside.
  2. To a wok or saucepan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil and sesame oil. Then add green beans and saute  for 5-7 minutes (depending on how al dente you like them).
  3. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Add sauce to pan and cook for another minute. Turn off heat and serve.

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