Spicy Honey Chicken

My hair lady (as I affectionately call her...and who better come out of hair styling retirement soon!) emailed me this chicken recipe that she found on Our Best Bites. Her husband claimed it was the best chicken he has every had, so I just had to give it a try. And it was pretty dang good! Thanks for passing it on Shannon :-)! We'll definitely be making it again...I can't wait to have the leftovers on top of salad for lunch tomorrow!

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 2lbs...Yes, Thighs!! everyone is always asking me if they can use breasts for this. Sure you can, but I'm tellin' ya right now it's better with thighs. (despite this info I still just used chicken breasts :-)
2 t vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
2 t granulated garlic (I used garlic powder)
2 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t coriander
1 t kosher salt
1 t cumin
1/2 t chipotle chili powder (I just used extra regular chili powder, but I'm sure the chipotle flavor adds a lot!)
1/2 C Honey
1 T Cider Vinegar

-Combine the rub spices in bowl and mix well.
-Use kitchen shears (or a pair of clean scissors) to trim off any excess fat from the chicken pieces. Pat dry. Drizzle oil over chicken and rub in with your hands to lightly coat all the pieces. Then toss chicken with the spice rub to coat all sides well. Use your hands and get in there! Grill chicken for 3-5 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
-While chicken is cooking, warm honey in the microwave so it's not so thick. Add the vinegar and combine well. Reserve 2T honey glaze for later. Take the rest and brush on chicken (both sides) in the final moments of grilling.
-I'm gonna warn you that this can make a hot mess, literally. It's sugar, and it's gonna drip. But the smelly smoke is worth it for a minute or two. Just leave your grill on for a few minutes after the chicken is done to burn off any excess glaze. It's totally worth it once you taste this stuff.
If you don't have a bbq, try it on an indoor grill pan or use your broiler. Just be sure to open a window in case you burn your glaze!


Melissa said...

We like this recipe, too, but I have to confess...we've never made it with thighs....

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Oh yum!!! This looks incredible - I love the dark color of the spicy glaze, you know its gonna be good just looking at it! I have a pack of thighs & legs in my freezer, maybe I'll use them for this recipe. Thanks for the great post!

Kirsten said...

I have some boneless skinless thighs in my freezer and I was just wondering what to do with them - definitely making this!

Kristen - Dine & Dish said...

I can't believe how amazing these were. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. It is going to be one I make time and time again! Yum!