Friday, January 9, 2009

Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs

I think sweets took up too much of my attention this holiday season. Now that it’s a new year, I’ve been trying to focus more on healthy, flavorful dishes. The kind I enjoy not only for their taste, but for my conscious. I can’t remember how I found this recipe, but I sure am glad I bookmarked it. Just as the first blogger says, the glaze is really incredible, and replicates the skin. This was a great mix of sweet & spicy. I kicked up the heat & added the full amount of chili powder, and used crushed red pepper flakes instead of ground red pepper, because it’s what I had. If you can’t handle heat, I suggest you tone it down a little. Mmm mmm good. The Boy said this one is a definite keeper. I even think it would be good to serve company. I served ours with brown rice, & a frozen veggie blend from Archer Farms (Target). They were the perfect sides!

I’m also submitting this to a blog event, Joelen’s Culinary Adventure’s Tasty Tools Measuring Tools. One measure tool I have is my Pampered Chef Measure-All. This is a great thing to have. I use it more often than one might think. For this meal alone, I used the liquid pouring end of it to measure the water for my rice, flipped it over to the dry ingredients side to measure the rice, and most importantly, the honey for the glaze in the recipe. This recipe calls for 6 Tbsp of honey. My first thought was, “Crap, how am I supposed to measure that much honey with my measly little measuring spoon? It will be a gloppy mess!” This Measure All has your standard cups & ounces, but also has markers for tablespoons! It has the thing you push & pull for sticky ingredients like mayo, peanut butter, honey, pumpkin, sour cream (all things I’ve used it for!). It made measuring the honey so easy, with much less mess than trying to use a measuring spoon!
*Photo from Pampered Chef website


Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

from Cooking Light, as seen on Columbus Foodie


2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ground red pepper (I used 1/4 tsp.)
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
Cooking spray
6 tbsp. honey
2 tsp. cider vinegar


Preheat broiler. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss to coat. Place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil chicken 5 minutes on each side.

Combine honey and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring well. Remove chicken from oven; brush 1/4 cup honey mixture on chicken. Broil 1 minute. Remove chicken from oven and turn over. Brush chicken with remaining honey mixture. Broil 1 additional minute or until chicken is done (ours took about 4-5 more minutes - check internal temperature with a meat thermometer to be sure). Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 chicken thighs)

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10 Responses to “Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs”

  1. 1
    Kristen616 — January 9, 2009 @ 6:12 am

    Wow those look SO good. I love using honey and these chicken thighs look so great and juicy! I’ll definitely be giving this a try!

  2. 2
    Patty — January 9, 2009 @ 7:52 am

    I absolutely love chicken – I think I’m going to have to try it!

  3. 3
    Joelen — January 9, 2009 @ 10:34 am

    What a great tool and I love that it’s Pampered Chef too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for submitting this – I’m looking forward to adding this to the round up!

  4. 4
    Columbus Foodie — January 9, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

    Yours looks great! I’m glad that you enjoyed the recipe as much as I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 5
    bensbaby116 — January 10, 2009 @ 11:06 am

    I’ve made these before from Cooking Light…they really are so good!

  6. 6
    Shawnda — January 19, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

    Thanks for reminding me of these – we had them for dinner tonight. They really are fab!

  7. 7
    Erin P — July 25, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    Thanks to your recipe round-up, I just made these, and WOW are they good! (and fast/easy to make!!) They will certainly be part of my regular rotation! Thank you!!

  8. 8
    Meaghan — July 30, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    Just saw your post about this recipe- this is one of my husband’s all-time favorite chicken recipes as well. So easy, but perfectly delicious every time!


  9. 9
    Kim — August 8, 2012 @ 5:58 am

    Made this last night & loved it! Thanks!

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    Beth — May 16, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    Made this tonight, and we loved it! Definitely going into our regular rotation!

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