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Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

Yield

4 servings (serving size: 2 chicken thighs)

These sweet, Honey Chicken Thighs rank supreme, as one of the most popular Cooking Light chicken recipes of all time – and for good reason. Made in 30 minutes or less, this is the perfect busy weeknight dinner. By mixing a touch of sweet with a hint of spicy, a magical thing happens. Generously seasoned with chili powder, cumin, garlic and cider vinegar, there’s no room for lack of flavor here. Wonder what secret to mouthwatering thighs is? It’s in the broiler; this cooking method adds a distinctive crunchy outer crust and a tender, juicy inside. 

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 321
  • caloriesfromfat 31 %
  • fat 11 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 4.1 g
  • polyfat 2.5 g
  • protein 28 g
  • carbohydrate 27.9 g
  • fiber 0.6 g
  • cholesterol 99 mg
  • iron 2.1 mg
  • sodium 676 mg
  • calcium 21 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Cook's Notes

Serve this spicy chicken over a bed of steamed brown rice or some quinoa tossed with peppers. For some veggie sides, serve with zoodles, cubed, seasoned sweet potatoes or a zucchini and squash sauté. If you find yourself with leftovers (doubtful), you could make chicken tacos or add to a soup for the next meal.