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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs

This is another pretty quick and flavorful recipe.  You essentially make a dry spice rub to put on the chicken thighs, broil them, and at the end coat them with a honey/ vinegar sauce.  The proportion of the spices is obviously easily changeable, depending on if you like spicy or really spicy.  I think I have gotten it to a proportion that is perfect, personally.  The spice rub is pretty spicy on its own, but the vinegar/ honey mixture does cut the spice really well, and the meal is not overwhelmingly spicy.  The mix of sweet/ spicy on this chicken is ridiculously delicious.  Leftovers are wonderful cut up on a salad, in a quesadilla, and many other options.  Because the chicken is broiled, this recipe is quick.  When I make this chicken, I almost always make it with mashed potatoes because all of that starchiness is a good way to cut the spice.  (I also often make green beans as the vegetable).

8 boneless/ skinless chicken thighs
4 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons of chili powder (or more)
2 teaspoons salt
2 pinches of crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
6 tablespoons of honey
3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
cooking spray

The Cooking:
1.  Preheat the broiler.  Line a cooking pan with foil (just to help with cleaning later) and spray with cooking spray.
2.  Combine all the spices (garlic powder, chili powder, salt, crushed red pepper, paprika, cumin) in a bowl.
The spices.
3.  Coat the chicken thighs with the spice rub.  Try to get the spices to evenly cover all the nooks and crannies of each thigh.  Spray a coating of cooking spray on both sides of each thigh.  (Don't over oil the thighs, though).  

The chicken with the spices on.
4.  Into the broiler the chicken goes!  Broil the chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side (so 8-10 minutes total).  Some of the spice rub may blacken, but don't worry, it will not taste burned.
5.  While the chicken is broiling, combine the honey and vinegar and whisk together.  

The honey/ vinegar sauce.
6.  After the broiling for 8-10 minutes (4-5 minutes per side), take the chicken out and brush with half the honey/ vinegar mixture.  If you want less spice, coat the chicken with more sauce, and if you want more spice, vice versa.
The broiled chicken, pre-honey vinegar sauce.
The broiled chicken, post honey/ vinegar sauce.
7.  After saucing the chicken, broil for one more minute.  Then flip the chicken over and sauce with the remaining honey/ vinegar sauce.  Broil for one more minute.

The finished product.
8.  Allow chicken to rest 3-5 minutes before serving.  Makes 6-8 servings.  Enjoy!!!

The meal.
Recipe adapted from For the Love of Cooking.

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