Roasted Chicken Wrapped in Ramps

Our fridge died this past week. It happened to give its final burst of cold air on a 90+ degree day. My kind of luck, right? So with that fridge, out went lots of food.

Somehow, the fridge and food mess happened at the right time. Things like these rarely do. It just worked out that we were able to find and buy a new fridge pretty quickly, thanks to the fine people at the Sears outlet. Just six or so hours after the fridge was delivered, I also had a brand new Fresh Direct order delivered to my door. It’s those little big things that happen, that can make your week look a little less bleak.

This was the first time I ordered through Fresh Direct, the fabulous online grocery delivery service. I am thrilled they have begun to deliver to my neighborhood. I was very impressed with their selection and prices.

So it happened, that I found myself looking at the most beautiful bunch of fresh and local ramps. Have you tried ramps? Ramps are a variety of wild leeks. They have a short season – usually found in my area in the Spring time. They are wildly popular. It seems that as soon as you see them at the farmer’s market, you must grab them fast, or they will be gone before you know it. So this season, every time I have seen them, I have been sure to grab them so that I don’t miss out.

I really love the way ramps look when cooked whole. I find them both pretty and tasty. Their dark green leaves add so much to the look of a dish. They taste fantastic too!

For a recent Shabbat dinner, I chose to wrap some chicken drumsticks in the ramps and glaze them with a sauce, then roast them in the oven. I loved the way these looked, both raw and cooked. They tasted even better.

I began my liberally sprinkling the chicken with salt and fresh ground pepper. I trimmed and washed the ramps and then wrapped them whole around each drumstick. I then brushed each chicken leg with the sauce I prepared and poured the rest of the glaze over the chicken. I then baked the chicken at 375 for about an hour. Everyone enjoyed this chicken. It was served up with some fresh roasted asparagus and roasted sunchokes.


You really can’t go wrong with this chicken dish. Enjoy!


Roasted Chicken Wrapped in Ramps
Recipe type: Poultry, Main Course
  • 1 package chicken pieces (I used drumsticks)
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 bunch of wraps (1 ramp per chicken piece)
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1.5 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. garlic paste
  • 2 tsp. ginger paste
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Wash and dry your chicken pieces.
  3. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Wrap each piece of chicken in a ramp and place in baking dish.
  5. In a small bowl, mix up the maple syrups, Dijon mustard, olive oil, garlic, and ginger.
  6. Brush the glaze mixture on to chicken. Pour any remaining mixture over the chicken.
  7. Sprinkle additional salt and pepper oven the chicken.
  8. Bake in the oven at 375 for about an hour. Check the chicken for doneness.
  9. Enjoy!


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  1. I’ve never had ramps. I think I’d only be able to find them at the farmers market. I love this chicken dish, the combination of Dijon and maple sounds amazing.

  2. G’day! Never heard of ramps, TRUE!
    Thank you today for allowing me to learn something new!
    Cheers! Joanne
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  3. you seem so calm about your refrigerator breaking! hope you didn’t lose too much food!!

    • Most of the food got waterlogged. It was a slow death though and we were prepared. The fridge was about 25/30 years old or so and came with the house. So it was time.

  4. Ugh, I know about food loss. Have been through several hurricane outages in the last three years! Still, the ramps look lovely and when life gave you lemons you made delicious “lemonade.”

  5. Alison @ Alibabka says

    Love Fresh Direct…used them all the time when i lived in the city! These look great!

  6. melindakitchentested says

    I love this recipe and I have ramps in my freezer right now just waiting to be wrapped around chicken 🙂

  7. Wow this looks so good!! At least you now have a new fridge wonderfully stocked!

  8. Jamie Geller says

    really beautiful – I love ramps!

  9. Looks so juicy! YUM

  10. how pretty!

  11. Chanie@BusyInBrooklyn says

    Looks delicious! Where can I find garlic and ginger paste?

    • I make my own, but have seen it in jars at shoprite or other grocery stores. You essentially chop it finely with your knife and then mash. You could pulse in the food processor until finely mashed. I like to keep it on hand – I add to many things. I often prep them together and keep them in a jar since I use both often.

  12. I love ramps, but never venture outside of just sauteed, this looks fun.

  13. Shoshana Ohriner says

    I miss Fresh Direct!! This chicken looks beautiful and sounds like it tastes even better.

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