Your best game-day recipe for Spicy Thai Red Curry Chicken Drumsticks! Bring the heat and flavor in a healthy, gluten-free, and paleo way that will keep the crowd cheering for more than just the winning touchdown!
My school is BIG on sports. Football is more than just a “spirit activity”. The entire university just pulses with energy, not just in the stadium when we have a home game. You can also see it and smell it in the parking lots. Yes, there are hordes of tailgaters just about everywhere you look. Because let’s be honest, if there wasn’t tailgating before (and during) the game, there’d be only a third of the energy that I just mentioned.
Sadly (or not so sadly), I’m not a sports fanatic. When those cold games come around, you can catch me curled up inside where it’s nice and warm, blogging, reading, or watching something that’s actually interesting (like CNN). I’ve tried, really, I’ve tried. Growing up with a dad and brother who are obsessed (at least, my brother is the obsessed one) with sports, it’s hard to stay completely out of the loop.
If I were going to choose the sports I could actually tolerate watching and cheering for, it would be football and hockey. If the Jets win, I’ll wear my single Jets shirt. As for hockey, I’ve always just “liked” it and even wanted to play it! My brother played ice hockey for a few years and I was always secretly jealous (haha!) These two sports are as boring as say, something like baseball…Another funny fact about my sports history; I loved the most random teams and players that had nothing to do with geographic location or family preference. Baseball: Astros (Roger Clemens), Football: Colts (Peyton Manning), Basketball: Heat (Dwayne Wayde), and Hockey: Red Wings (and some guy I can’t recall the name of). Let’s just say these were all inside jokes that my family knew about. Childhood weirdness…right?
My family’s favorite teams are the Jets, the Mets, and the Devils (yea, NJ!). The one or two years that I was “into” sports, the Cults were in the Superbowl so I actually remember watching (and caring!), I even had a Manning jersey. I’d also accumulated a Dwayne Wayde poster during that time and a plethora of Roger Clemens memorabilia (he was the best!). One of my old AIM usernames was “lemonsforclemens”. I know….But it’s okay, I’m still not ashamed!
Now, back to tailgating and game-day eats! People tend to go for the “man food” during a game. Spicy, meaty, messy. Chicken wings and drumsticks are a favorite of many and I can see why! You use your hands for these bad boys and are a perfect appetizer/main effect for the game! They’re baked, healthy, spicy, and have all the killer flavors of some fantastic Thai red curry! So even if your team doesn’t win (or Roger Clemens is far retired), these red curry chicken drumsticks will make you feel like a winner!
Spicy Thai Red Curry Chicken Drumsticks
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a bowl, mix together all the sauce ingredients. Fully coat the chicken drumsticks with the sauce.
- On an oven-safe rack or a baking dish with a homemade foil rack** (to let the grease fall) evenly space out the drumsticks.
- Bake the drumsticks in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
**I didn't have a good rack to use so I twisted up some foil into stable cylinders and placed them in the bottom of a baking dish for make a "rack" to lay the drumsticks on.
I think I’ll just be the designated chef for these gameday events. Think that’s a redeeming idea? I’ll happily slave away in the kitchen of tailgate area while everyone else watches the game! Don’t worry, I won’t feel left out! No matter who you’re rooting for or what your favorite sport is (or isn’t!) good food is always an essential to be had! The food always wins…always!
So tell me:
+ Are you part of a crazy sports family?
+ Favorite sport? Favorite team?
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