Sunday, January 13, 2013

Spicy Honey Chicken

This has become one of my favorite chicken recipes since it has the perfect combination of spice and sweetness.  It starts with some boneless, skinless chicken thighs that are rubbed with a spice mixture before going on the grill.  During the last few minutes of grill time, it got a glaze of honey with cider vinegar.  The flavor contrasts on this chicken is what made it the perfect bite.  If you're looking for a new twist on chicken, then I recommend you give this recipe a shot.

Our sides were Sweet and Savory Coconut Rice and oven roasted asparagus.  I'll share the rice recipe soon, since it too was a keeper.

Spicy Honey Chicken
Makes 2-3 servings

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar

1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

Preheat grill to medium-high heat or about 400 degrees.

Combine rub ingredients in a small bowl.

Trim any visible fat off the chicken thighs, rinse, and pat dry with a paper towel.  Drizzle oil over chicken and rub it in with your hands.  Rub the spice rub into the chicken thighs.  Grill for 3-5 minutes on each side.

For the glaze:  while the chicken is cooking, warm honey in the microwave for about 15 seconds.  Whisk in vinegar.  Reserve 1 tablespoon glaze and brush the rest on the chicken in the final moments of cooking.  Remove chicken from the grill and allow to stand 3-5 minutes.  Drizzle reserved tablespoon of glaze over the chicken while it is standing. 

Slightly adapted from Our Best Bites Cookbook

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