Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Not afraid of broiling anymore



Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs
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2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt (too much, IMO)
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

Preheat broiler.

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.

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 doneIt's safer to make sure chicken is cooked completely before brushing with the honey mixture since the glaze cooks up very quickly! 

Yield:4 servings (serving size: 2 chicken thighs)

Nutritional Information Calories:321 (31% from fat) Fat:11g (sat 3g,mono 4.1g,poly 2.5g) Protein:28g Carbohydrate:27.9g Fiber:0.6g Cholesterol:99mg Iron:2.1mg Sodium:676mg Calcium:21mg
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I'll be honest, I initially wasn't that excited about this recipe. Why did I even select it? Well, it required no extra ingredients. Also, since discovering the joys of Costco's boneless, skinless chicken thighs, I'm always on the lookout for recipes that call for them.

Several times I had these on the menu but they got pushed aside but the time had come to actually make them. Even though I couldn't work up any enthusiasm for this recipe, I remembered a similar one that surprised me - Honey-Glazed Spiced Pork Tenderloin - and I held hope that this would also pleasantly surprise me.

And it did! If fact, I enjoyed the chicken recipe even more than the pork recipe. I loved the mixture of honey and spices which is odd since chili powder and especially cumin can both sometimes be a turn off for me. Except for it being a bit too salty, I thought this recipe was awesome and I thrilled with how quickly and evenly the chicken thighs cooked using the broil method. I've always been a bit broiler-shy for cooking meats that need to be thoroughly cooked.

Question of the Day: Does this recipe sound good to you?

34 comments:

Randi said...

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HotHeaded said...

I love both cumin and chili powder so I think it sound delish. Unfortunaly my DH doesn't like thighs. He only eats breast meat. :(

Anonymous said...

It surely does, and it looks even better!

Jan

Cyndi said...

I've been making this for a while now, and it's one of our favorite ways to use boneless thighs. I haven't visited your blog in over a year so I'm catching up! I started using google reader back then, and forgot to add yours. Now it's there, so I'll be seeing your new posts after you do them.

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog today, and I've been browsing for hours. I can't even remember what I was searching for when it popped up, but I'm glad I found it.

I made this tonight and we both really liked it. Next time I'll up the chili and red pepper as we like spicier food. As is, a quick, easy and flavorful dish. Thanks for sharing it.

Mary said...

This was a wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing. I'm always cautious about broiling because my oven has a LO & HI setting for Broil. I never know which to choose, so I just set it on high to begin, low in the middle, and turned back to high at the end. Quick & tasty!

Anonymous said...

Just tried this, omitting the ground red pepper and used the full amount of chili pepper, using Indian Red Chili Pepper, which was WAY spicy! But it was awesome with the other spices and especially well balanced with the honey/vinegar. I broiled for six or seven minutes on each side, then did 1.5 minutes after brushing, because I am paranoid about undercooked chicken. It came out juicy, tender, and delicious. I will do this again, but using only half the pepper.

tncmohin said...

Thanks for the recipe! I made this almost as written- only 5 thighs, used 3/4 tsp salt and added 1/2 tsp of coarsely ground black pepper. Had to trim up the chicken thighs quite a bit (not from Costco!) but it was still fast and delicious. My husband was making "yum yum" noises as he was eating. Very juicy. First time on this blog, now I'm excited to see what other finds are here!

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is a great and easy receipe. There is no need to marinate. The chicken is tasty and so good! I served it with pesto pasta and green salad. There were no leftovers! Thank you.

Jennifer said...

I cooked it tonight and my boyfriend loved it!! Juciy and delicious, i will def make it again! Thank you!

Madfoot said...

I just made this - home run!

Anonymous said...

Hi...I tried thisvrecipe but chicken was undercooked. The recipe calls for five minutes each side but it can't be. Please help!

kristen said...

Made this on the 4th of July and everyone at our party loved it, making it again today!

The Student @ Food for Dissertating said...

This is one of my new favorites! I made it tonight with some modifications and it is pretty well my favorite chicken recipe now--I made mine in the toaster oven. Anything that can be cooked in a toaster oven has my heart, forever.

Michele said...

Thank You... this was a hit even with the neighborhood kids. We all loved it. didn't change a thing,well I didn't have cider vinegar so I used regular and a splash of red wine ;-)
Best chicken I made in a while.

MacMyDay said...

Interesting says to make sure chicken is cooked completely before applying honey glaze; yet then it says to keep turning it over and applying until the chicken is done?

whats up

The Cookbook Junkie said...

Sorry - that was confusing since I added that note about making sure the chicken was done first and I didn't make it clear that it was my note (I usually do!). The glaze will be done too quickly to risk putting it on before you're sure the chicken is completely cooked.

Anonymous said...

hi! i was looking for a fast dinner recipe using costco boneless chicken thighs and i came across your recipe. just made it tonight and it was a hit! thank you for sharing this. btw, i didn't have ground pepper flakes so i used chipotle powder. it gave a great smoky flavor. i also switched between the HI and LO settings on the broiler too, to prevent burning.
thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

oops, its me, Anonymous again. i wanted to add that i kept turning the chicken every 5 min until i was pretty sure they were just about thoroughly cooked, and then added the glaze and had the broiler on HI for about 2 min each side.
thanks again!

Nurselove said...

One question before I make this tonight, do you keep the broiler on the HI sitting the whole time? Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

I do. For chicken I position the rack a little lower in the oven so it cooks through before it burns.
-The Cookbook Junkie (I'm on my phone )

runrun32 said...

Made this for the first time for my very picky 19-year-old daughter, who if I had told her the ingredients, would have turned up her nose. She doesn't like honey, or spicy things, and is not very experimental-Cumin? No way! She LOVED it, and vowed she would eat it again, even after I told her what was in it. I did find all cooking times went a little longer for me, just by a couple of minutes-delicious, and fast to throw together!

Anonymous said...

this chicken was amazing! I never cook in the boiler but I followed the recipe exactly watched it carefully and my husband and I both thought it was D licious!! it came out very moist and extremely flavorful I will definitely make this recipe again it's a keeper Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

Very happy with this recipe! I didn't have any chili powder, but I have smoked paprika and used 3 tsp. of it. also added dried garlic flakes instead of the powdered garlic. I also used red pepper flakes instead of the powdered red pepper. It has great flavor and was so easy to prepare. I served it over Jasmine rice. this recipe is a keeper :)

Leah said...

This was absolutely delicious!! I didn't have chili powder, so I used Cayenne pepper instead. I've never used the broiler to cook chicken before (I was afraid that it would be dry) but this was juicy, spicy and flavorful, just like my family likes it! I served it with whole wheat penne pasta tossed in pan seared spinach/kale. I can't wait to make this recipe again!

Anonymous said...

Just wondering, can I use maple syrup instead of honey? I ran out of honey and really don't feel like making a trip to the store.

Ashley Stryker said...

I just tried this recipe for dinner tonight. Great flavor with some kick! Frankly, it was a tad too spicy, so I'll halve the peppers/hot spices next go around. Also broiling was a bit of a problem; next time, I'll try baking it. Still, four stars from me! :)

PJ said...

We did substitutions for salt, red pepper and paprika: McCormick Grill Mates Fiery 5 pepper. Also added Bittersweet Herb Farm's Picante Southwest Seasonings for more heat. Cooked it on the grill (hubby offered and I'm never turning a man down who offers to cook) and it was AMAZING! Thank you for sharing this :)

Ned Mozier said...

This recipe is fabulous, added some soy marinade, but make sure to drain since it adds sodium big time! Also, on the side a cold bulgarian salad compliments it nicely. Do you have that recipe?

Anonymous said...

This recipe is a new favorite in my house! I followed the directions precisely and I wouldn't change a thing. I served it with couscous.

Anonymous said...

This is probably the most delicious chicken ever to be made! I followed the recipe pretty closely - only cutting down the salt a bit and using fresh minced garlic versus powdered - and made 6 boneless skinless thighs for 4 of us, the only complaint was that I didn't make enough! I am a big fan of broiling, and love the way a good broiled piece of chicken can come out, but this recipe is the absolute best I have come across. I served it with herbed brown rice and ginger-honey steamed carrots - it was divine! Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Really loved this recipe!!! I didn't have any cumin so I wonder how much that would change the taste. I'm also far from a spicy food eater, but the honey really lightened it up perfectly. Thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

This was awesome. I think I'll always broil my chicken thighs now.

Also I left off the red pepper because I thought it might be too spicy for my kids. Still good but I think it would have been better with more kick so I will give it a go next time.

Counselorchick said...

Yummy! So easy and yummy. The next morning my husband was happy to bring leftovers to work. Made brown rice and steamed carrots. Great, easy weekday dinner!