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Spicy Chicken Thighs with Summer Squash

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Fanny Pan

Total time 30 mins

Serves 4

A metal cooling rack set in a rimmed baking sheet makes bi-level cooking possible--squash below, chicken above--so the meat's glaze stays nicely charred, while the juices drip into and moisten the squash.


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for cooling rack
  • 6 medium summer squash (about 1 1/2 lbs. total), sliced into 1/2-in. rounds
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons each curry powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 pounds boned, skinned chicken thighs (5 to 8 pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon each Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 434
  • caloriesfromfat 55 %
  • protein 33 g
  • fat 27 g
  • satfat 5.7 g
  • carbohydrate 16 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • sodium 483 mg
  • cholesterol 112 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler with oven rack 3 to 4 in. from heat. Set a metal cooling rack in a 12- by 17-in. rimmed baking sheet and coat lightly with oil.

  2. Remove cooling rack and put squash on baking sheet. Sprinkle with 3 tbsp. oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and the pepper; toss to coat. Spread squash in a single layer and set cooling rack on top, nudging squash aside as needed so rack lies even.

  3. In a large bowl, combine remaining 1/2 tsp. salt with the curry powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne. Set aside 1 1/2 tsp. spice mix.

  4. Add remaining 1 tbsp. oil and the chicken thighs to large bowl and toss chicken to coat. Place spiced chicken smooth (skinned) side up on cooling rack over zucchini.

  5. Broil chicken and zucchini, turning chicken once, until starting to char at edges, about 16 minutes total.

  6. Meanwhile, make glaze: Whisk together reserved spice mix, honey, mustard, and vinegar in a small bowl.

  7. Remove chicken and zucchini from oven. Generously brush chicken with glaze. Return to oven and broil, smooth side up, until nicely charred and an instant-read thermometer registers 165° when inserted in thickest part, about 4 minutes. Remove rack of chicken from baking sheet and set aside.

  8. Return squash to oven and broil until most pieces are charred, 2 to 3 minutes more. Lift squash from juices and serve with chicken.

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