Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (2024)

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (1)


Rating: 5 stars


Easy, delicious and can be used a variety of ways. My son calls it "Clapping Chicken" because it claps coming out of the oven.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (2)

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Rating: 5 stars


We like to grill them, or use a cast iron skillet. Corn pudding and grilled vegetables or sauteed onions & peppers is a wonderful combo

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (3)

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Rating: 5 stars


I grill these! Instead of baking, which I've never done, I grill them and brush on the honey sauce toward the end. Absolutely amazing. A favorite at my house. Great cold on salad. Super easy for company.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (4)


Rating: 5 stars


These were delicious. I left out the red pepper because I have kids that don't handle spicy well. I doubled the recipe for my large family and large pack of chicken with 15 thighs. Served it with creamy coconut polenta and garlicky green beans. The leftovers will be great in my chicken enchiladas.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (5)


Rating: 5 stars


What a great recipe. I finally got around to trying it and was thrilled with the results. I followed the recipe for the rub and had just enough for 6 good size thighs (1.5#). I let the chicken sit in the rub for an hour or so in the fridge. We loved it. We are packing to move to a new house in a few weeks so I am busy but still want to eat a decent dinner. So this is going to be on the menu a couple times a week for now. Served with roasted Delicata squash with butter, honey & cinnamon.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (6)


Rating: 5 stars


This recipe is in my regular rotation; it's almost impossible to find an easier recipe that tastes this good!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (7)


Rating: 5 stars


I've made this maybe 10 times, twice for company. Everyone LOVES it! Before this recipe I did not like dark meat chicken. Now we keep a bag of chicken thighs in the freezer just for this recipe! I use 1 1/2 times the spice rub and I double the honey mixture. After broiling, I scrape out the pan drippings that are mixed with the glaze that ran off and serve it on the side. This meal is fantastic with rice and garlic green beans,

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (8)


Rating: 5 stars


This was so good; makes the best tender tasty chicken thighs. I followed the recipe but didn't put the cumin;not my favourite.I have made it twice and it will repeated often this summer.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (9)


Rating: 4 stars


3.5 for me-4 for him. Not bad even though I am not a fan of thigh meat. Although it set off my smoke detector we both liked the flavor

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (10)


Rating: Unrated


how long did you bake?

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (11)


Rating: 1 stars


I can not understand why the nutritional info does not list SUGAR, considering the number of diabetics & pre-diabetic's around, don't you think it is relevant for "Cooking Light" recipes (none of your recipes list it) ? FYI, you can not calculate Weight Watcher points without knowing the amount of sugar. SHAME ON YOU COOKING LIGHT !!!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (12)


Rating: 5 stars


We make these a number of times over the summer. We grill them instead of using the oven. I did that once and smoked up my kitchen really bad. Not sure if it was a weak exhaust but so much better and easier outside. The skin is crisp and the flavors all stand out. One of the best dishes for chicken thighs I have ever found. Easy and inexpensive.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (13)


Rating: 5 stars


I have made this several times, pretty much as directed. I cut the cayenne a little bit. For best results, make sure you use relatively fresh spices. It won't taste good if your cabinet spices are a year old. Also, stick to the thighs. I have made it with breasts, and it is just not as good. It is quite spicy, so if your family doesn't like spicy, maybe it won't work for you. The honey/vinegar sauce cuts the heat and makes this chicken dish addictive. Great to bring to a gathering. Everyone loves it. Leftovers refrigerate well for lunch the next day.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (14)


Rating: 3 stars


I do not understand all these 5/5 reviews for this recipe. There are SO many better chicken recipes. If the rating was for ease of cooking, it would get 5 stars. As for taste and being worthy of company, I give it a 3. It was fine, but nothing to write home about. I doubt I'll be making this again. On the plus side, the chicken was extremely tender, which was nice.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (15)


Rating: 5 stars


Made this for lunch yesterday and it was a big hit. The only thing I omitted was the red pepper (hubby can't tolerate the heat). My daughter and her husband loved it. After I took them out of the oven, I drizzled fresh lime juice on them for extra flavor. I think I will make the sauce using lime juice and honey, next time I make them.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (16)


Rating: 4 stars


I reduce the chili powder to 1 tsp, and increase the paprika to 2 tsp and use smoked paprika. That mellows the burn and the flavor still shines. Make this often and big batch at a time, the leftovers are great and versatile.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (17)


Rating: 4 stars


Includes ingredients that most cooks will have on hand. Very simple to prepare and cook. The chicken comes out very juicy and flavorful.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (18)


Rating: 5 stars


This is my husband's favorite chicken recipe. It is so moist and tasty. We grill it. Perfection!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (19)


Rating: 5 stars


We have this all the time and love it. It is a low cost chicken meal since I have almost all the spices on hand all the time. I've made it with and without the ground red pepper. My whole family likes it better without the ground red pepper. It's a little on the spicy side with it and without it is tastes great! We usually bake it in the oven and then broil it the last few mins instead of broiling it the whole time. Super juicy and still caramelized enough to be delicious! We have also tried it on the grill with cooking the chicken and then putting the honey on when it was just about done. Really great as well!!

Usually served with red roasted potatoes found in the same cookbook as this recipe!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (20)


Rating: 5 stars


Ii thought that this recipe was amazing. Using the broiler means that you can have chicken in less than 15 minutes which is great for those nights where you just do not have a lot of time. The combination of the spices and the glaze really brings out the layers of flavor. The use of the boneless thigh makes the meat so tender and juicy. Combine all these points and you have a great chicken dish.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (21)


Rating: 5 stars


This is our favorite CL recipe and we've made it dozens of times. I triple the spice rub so the thighs are all well-coated. These are great with roasted potatoes or blue cheese grits, and we always serve with a blue cheese dressing/dipping sauce, which pairs well with the spices.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (22)


Rating: 2 stars


This recipe was not all that...my kids gave me a thumbs down on this one. It was easy to prepare though!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (23)


Rating: 5 stars


My husband loves this recipe and so do I. I've made it numerous times. I used smoked paprika. Will keep this recipe in the rotation.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (24)


Rating: 2 stars


Really surprised this is so highly rated. While flavorful, the balance of seasonings is off - too much paprika maybe? Something was just off. And the seasonings taste underdeveloped, like they needed to cook longer, although the chicken itself was fully cooked. It is quick and easy, but I'm not likely to make this again.

Rating: 5 stars


Looking for a quick recipe for a last minute dinner? Look no further! This was fast, easy, and delicious! My husband's usually not a fan of chicken, but even he loves it! Perfect amount of heat in my opinion, but next time I'll probably skip the red pepper for the sake of my children. This recipe is staying on the menu!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (26)


Rating: 4 stars


This was sooo easy to make! I don't like spicy foods but this was tame. The balance between the heat and the sweet was good. I made a side of Parmesan noodles and squash. I will definitely make again!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (27)


Rating: 4 stars


This was really good and is super easy to make!! I have made this twice now and cutting 1 minutes off the cooking time kept the chicken nice and juicy... The flavors are really good but very strong, so I pair it with a plain rice or pasta.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (28)


Rating: 5 stars


We love this recipe and have made it many times. We don't change anything. The flavors and heat are just right.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (29)


Rating: 1 stars


Really disappointed with this recipe. With all the good reviews I was really expecting something special. All I could taste was harsh chili powder and sweet honey. I was dying for a little acid in this dish. The left overs will get tossed with a homemade vinegar bbq sauce for pulled chicken sandwiches.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (30)


Rating: 5 stars


This is a GREAT recipe. I altered the spices a bit to my personal taste, and used local honey I get from a bee keeper less than a mile from my house. Also, I didnt mix the honey with vinegar, just spread it on pure. It created a wonderful sweet and spicy flavor. I also paired it with pan fried red potatoes tossed with a bit of garlic and rosemary. This will be made countless times in the future.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (31)


Rating: 4 stars


This was fantastic and will definitely be added to our rotation. Even my extremely picky four year old enjoyed it…didn't have any ground red pepper so I just omitted it. It was still delicious and spicy.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (32)


Rating: 2 stars


I was disappointed in the flavors. Will modify spices and glaze if trying again.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (33)


Rating: 3 stars


I thought they were very good. Rated 4 stars because I don't think they were good enough for a special occasion or outstanding. Great week night dinner and fairly quick. Will make again.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (34)


Rating: 2 stars


The flavour is great, but I find the spices give a weird gritty texture.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (35)


Rating: 5 stars


Quick and Easy with a dash of delicious! YES PLEASE! no wonder this is a popular dish it was absolutely tasty! The only thing that I did different was add a extra 2 second count of apple cider to really set a good contrast to the sweet and spicy and it was perfect. My other suggestion is to dust the chicken with half the seasoning and to rub/massage it in with your hands. Then dust it with the rest and pat/rub it in. Cant beat a 12min chicken dinner that is this good! TOTALLY recommend!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (36)


Rating: 5 stars


Loved this simple recipe. I use regular scissors to cut off the fat and veins of the boneless thighs before in season them.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (37)


Rating: 5 stars


Wow. This is going to become a staple dish for my family. Everyone loved it. I really like the spice combination and it tastes great with chicken breasts too.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (38)


Rating: 5 stars


Used Trader Joe's organic thighs...thought recipe was super easy and very tasty. Served once at outdoor BBQ and family raved. For a low calorie dish, there's lots of flavor. Make extra rub and throw it in freezer, so next time prep. Is a snap!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (39)


Rating: 4 stars


wife loved it

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (40)


Rating: 1 stars


After reading all of the reviews I was excited to give this recipe a try - sadly, it was very disappointing. It smelled wonderful as it was cooking and I really enjoy spicy/sweet combinations; I think it was too much powdered seasoning that was the turn off. My husband, who will usually eat just about anything, didn't care for it either.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (41)


Rating: 5 stars


As stated by so many others, great taste, super tender, and very easy. I browned mine in a skillet, then transferred to a glass baking dish b/c my broiler is terrible. Baked at 425 and didn't put the sauce on until the end. Very very tasty. Add more cayenne if you like it more spicy...otherwise, there is just a hint of spice.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (42)


Rating: 5 stars


I cut this recipe in half and it was great. Definitely a keeper.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (43)


Rating: 5 stars


Late night dinner dilemma and found this recipe! SO FAST! SO DELISH! I used crushed red pepper instead of ground it a little too much....it was HOT but fabulous! My husband doesn't like chicken unless it's buffalo and LOVED This! I will cut the red pepper down next time so my daughters will like it too.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (44)


Rating: 5 stars


One of my favorite chicken thigh recipes if not the most favorite!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (45)


Rating: 5 stars


These were excellent. I was probably a little heavy handed on the spices so it was only enough for the first 4 thighs, but I just mixed the spices again and make the rest. The honey/vinegar sauce had a really nice flavor. Had a little kick but not to spicy.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (46)


Rating: 5 stars


A weeknight favorite! Quick, easy, and inexpensive.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (47)


Rating: 4 stars


This was super easy and different. Made it without the paprika as I was out and it came out super tasty. I added the yummy leftovers to my lunch salad. Will definitely make again.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (48)


Rating: 5 stars


This is super easy and delicious.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (49)


Rating: 5 stars


It is my firm belief that THIS recipe is my family's favorite Cooking Light recipe. We have broiled it. We have grilled it. We love it hot. We love it cold. I make it at least once a month and usually more - especially in the summer months.

Rating: 4 stars


Really enjoyed this! My very VERY picky younger brother who hates chicken even liked it! I would say to cut back on the cumin a bit and I changed the crushed red pepper for cayenne.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (51)


Rating: 3 stars


i added the first 6 ingredients into a mixture of honey and vinegar; covered the skinless, boneless chicken thighs with the mixture and left to marinate overnight...then just oven baked the with parsnips and sweet potatoes. Delightful! cant wait to make it again

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (52)


Rating: 5 stars


Very easy and excellent flavor. I cooked them on the grill since It was warm out. So delicious.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (53)


Rating: 5 stars


Excellent combination of sweet and spicy. We liked it with the boneless thighs, but it was even better with tenderloins, cut into "nuggets." The only change I had to make was to take the nuggets out of the pan and toss them in the honey glaze, as it was too complicated to brush the glaze on.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (54)


Rating: 2 stars


I was really excited about this recipe because it was quick and easy. That's the only reason I gave this 2 stars. I usually agree with other reviews when a recipe is rated with at least 4 or 5 stars. This dish wasn't exactly the case. Maybe I had higher expectations because of the reviews. My family didnt care for this dish so this will not be a repeat recipe. I wish it would have been a keeper because I love quick & easy weeknight meals.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (55)


Rating: 5 stars


Love this recipe. It is fast and easy to make and my husband loves it.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (56)


Rating: 4 stars


This was really flavorful and delicious. Now, if only it looked more attractive when served...

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (57)


Rating: 5 stars


This recipe is absolutely awesome. My girlfriend doesn't usually like spicy foods, but I pretty much followed the recipe to a T and she and I both loved it. Even our 2-year-old liked it! The only thing I do differently is bake it instead of broiling it. But that's just because my broiler doesn't work quite right. It's definitely a keeper, and one that I will continue to make in the future.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (58)


Rating: 5 stars


These are awesome. I've made them with both bone-in and boneless chicken thighs without a problem.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (59)


Rating: 5 stars


This is one of my husbands all time favorites. In summer I make on the grill. Use smoked paprika for another shot of flavor.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (60)


Rating: 5 stars


I have made this three times in the last couple of months. The flavor is excellent--both sweet and hot. I made it once on the grill and twice baked in the oven at 425. I think it is a great complement to the tender texture and richer flavor of chicken thighs. I did use a bit more honey in the sauce to offset the heat.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (61)


Rating: 5 stars


This was so good! I didn't have ground red pepper so I used red pepper flakes. I was using chicken breasts instead of thighs (healthier), so I butterflied them to the same thickness as a chicken thigh so they would cook evenly. I made 1 1/2 times the amount of spice and honey-vinegar sauce and it was just about perfect for the amount of chicken I had (3 large breasts). Loved the combination of flavors, and the quick cooking under the broiler really sealed the juices into the chicken. It does not make great leftovers, however, so try to make only what you will use for one night. This will definitely be going in our regular menu rotation.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (62)


Rating: 3 stars


I had a lot of hopes for this recipe and it didnt turn out as great as I would have liked. The chilli powder was overpowering, and it has a very distinct taste that comes out in the chicken. Next time I would swap out the chilli powder for cayenne pepper, use chicken breasts instead, and make more of a honey BBQ time sauce that I can add more of.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (63)


Rating: 5 stars


Excellent! Made exactly according to the recipe and loved it. Very quick to put together, defrosting the chicken thighs was the longest part!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (64)


Rating: 4 stars


I'd like to try this on regular chicken breasts

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (65)


Rating: 4 stars


My kids loved this. It had great flavor, I made one ingredient adjustment by using half the ground red pepper. I made this with 2 large bone- in chicken breasts and put seasoning under the skin but left it on for cooking. I broiled 5 minutes each side, switched to bake for about 30 min at 350 until the meat almost read 165 with a meat thermometer and broiled each side again after adding the honey vinegar mixture. I will make this again! I did not have a broiler pan but used a cast iron pan for cooking as well...

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (66)


Rating: 3 stars


It was pretty good, personally I thought the cumin was a bit strong, but overall good

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (67)


Rating: 4 stars


Good, solid recipe that was delicious! Will definitely make again.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (68)


Rating: 5 stars


Just made this recipe and let me tell ya...It is quick, tasty and amazingly flavorful. Skinless, boneless thighs are eco-friendly and healthy, which is what attracted me to the recipe. The sauce left at the bottom of the pan makes a good topping for brown rice!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (69)


Rating: 4 stars


Added a clove of minced garlic to the honey mix and cooked on the grill instead of the oven - absolutely delicious.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (70)


Rating: 5 stars


Yummy. I tossed the spices into a zip lock bag with the raw chicken then shook it all up. We then grilled the chicken on our Traeger. Served along side a Zesty Three Bean salad (also Cooking Light) for a wonderful weekend meal, but it is definitely easy enough for a weeknight meal too.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (71)


Rating: 5 stars


I was surprised about how delicious this recipe was. I cooked the chicken on the grill and it was outstanding!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (72)


Rating: 3 stars


It's a good recipe, but since I didn't have ground red pepper, I used black pepper and it wasn't really spicy at all. Next time I'll have to add some hot sauce, or ground red pepper and/or pepper flakes. Very easy recipe. Loved the fact that the chicken was skinless. I served it with broccoli and green beans.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (73)


Rating: 5 stars


My whole family loved this chicken recipe. Even my super picky daughter took a bite and liked it! I'll be making this again no doubt. The sauce left over in the pan was really good over rice!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (74)


Rating: 5 stars


Super easy, super good!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (75)


Rating: 5 stars


This was excellant and very easy to make. Would consider doubling and making for a larger crowd.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (76)


Rating: 5 stars


One of my favorite easy chicken recipes! I love chicken thighs anyway, but this got my husband to love them! I just made this again last night! Very delicious! Perfect with a Pecorino Romano, White Bean, and Edamame Salad from Giada.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (77)


Rating: 5 stars


So easy and so good. Didn't change a thing!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (78)


Rating: 5 stars


Easy and taste wonderful good!!!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (79)


Rating: 4 stars


Easy and very flavorful. I'll make it again, but next time we'll sear it on the barbeque.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (80)


Rating: 5 stars


Made these a few times during the winter and broiled them. The spice and honey made them tasty. Just did them on the grill and they were awesome. Chicken thighs are just better on the grill. Used same cook time.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (81)


Rating: 3 stars


This recipe was good. I will make it again, but it was not one of our favorites. I made it according to the recipe and did not change anything. This recipe is a make once every two months or so kind of recipe. Not a once a weeker that everyone wants over and over again.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (82)


Rating: 5 stars


Fast and easy and soooooooo good!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (83)


Rating: 5 stars


AMAZING! I could eat this EVERY night! I cut the thighs up in small pieces though .. Instead of basting I poured 1/2 the honey sauce in with the chicken and spices first .. Broied and then added the rest of the honey sauce and broiled til brown. AWESOME! Thanks for the recipe, definately going to share!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (84)


Rating: 5 stars


This recipe was FANTASTIC. It was fast, scrumptious and virtually no mess. Definitely something to write home about.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (85)


Rating: 5 stars


Omgoodness, this was so easy, fast and sooo good! Made this tonight for some friends; I have to give them the recipe now. :) A unanimous YUM from all! Served with steamed rice and CL's Sesame-Soy Green Beans, subbing broccoli for the green beans. I used two breast fillets and deboned two thighs at full spice recipe, smoked paprika, 1 1/4 tsp of cayenne (just the right amount of heat!) instead of chili powder. Let chicken mix with spices for about three hours in the fridge. Used half of honey mixture. I love the combination of the spices and a touch of sweetness from the honey. Cook time was spot on, and the chicken was very juicy and flavorful. Just right for a dinner for four. I would gladly make again (probably many times!) and be proud to serve to company. Excellent chicken recipe! Thank you, David Bonom and CL!!!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (86)


Rating: 5 stars


SO YUMMY! First off, I hate chicken thighs and talk about unhealthy. Instead I divided up a chicken breast into equal portions of a thigh (so you don't have to change cooking time and heat) and followed the recipe exactly. Amazing! My best friend made them with the thighs after eating mine and said the breasts were just better overall. Whatever your choice, its wonderful tasting.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (87)


Rating: 5 stars


Delicious! Quick, simple, great weekday meal. Honey mixture gets rather sticky, so definitely use foil if you want easy clean-up.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (88)


Rating: 3 stars


Very tasty chicken. I cut the pepper in half and it was still plenty spicy.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (89)


Rating: 5 stars


These were really good. The whole family loved them! I did not use the cayenne pepper or paprika though.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (90)


Rating: 5 stars


Made this for the second time last night, and it did not disappoint. It's easy, if a little messy, and a crowd-pleaser. The mixture of flavors is fabulous, and the dark meat of the chicken thighs ensures a juicy piece of meat. I served it with homemade mac-n-cheese and sauteed green beans and shallots for a nice, comforting meal on a December night.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (91)


Rating: 5 stars


Deelish & easy! We make this one all the time. It is a bit spicy but we love spicy dishes so it is perfect.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (92)


Rating: 1 stars


This recipe was a big disappointment. I have made many Cooking Light recipes over the years. I always look for the recipes with the 4 & 5 star ratings and have had great experiences with all but just a few and this is one of them. I made this recipe as indicated but used half of the cayenne since I was serving it to my kids. I cooked it for the specified amount of time but I would say the chicken end up a little overcooked. After just a couple of bites, I couldn't eat any more. My husband and boys ate theirs but agreed that it wasn't very good. We did not like the flavors of the spice mix and the honey really didn't do anything to help the taste.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (93)


Rating: 4 stars


Easy to make and very flavorful! It was a great balance of sweet and a tiny bit spicy. I accidentally bought bone in skinless thighs but I just let them cook a few extra minutes and otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I made with some roasted fingerling potatoes and a spinach side from cooking light (spinach with a white wine vinaigrette). I'd recommend!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (94)


Rating: 4 stars


Really good - cooked on gas grill rather than broiled. Bold flavors.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (95)


Rating: 2 stars


I really really wanted to like this recipe, but somehow it just fell flat. I would try this one again with chicken breast or pork - something a little leaner than dark meat chicken. Thighs are juicy as they are, and don't need a whole of of pizzazz in my opinion, so perhaps the meat is just paired wrong for my tastes with the honey. The spice rub ended up coating 1/2 the thighs with the whole of the rub, leaving the rest of the thighs to have less flavor and taste more sweet from the honey rub. IF if make again (and it's a big if as of right now), I would not pair with chicken thighs and would double the rub / spices to coat all of the meat evenly

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (96)


Rating: 4 stars


I made the recipe with breasts and baked them at high heat (~450 deg F), because I didn't have a broiling pan and the instructions on my oven said that without a proper boiling pan, the drippings could ignite. I liked them. My dinner companion loved them - and had seconds. I will make this again, but will probably use a bit less chili powder. I thought the flavor was a bit overwhelming. The rub followed by the sauce worked out really well. The chicken was really pretty! After making a second time (this time broiling), I stand by my original review. I'd advise lining your pan with foil - it gets pretty mess. And really stick to the cooking times, or your chicken will end up a bit dry. Its not the absolute best chicken, but its pretty good - especially for something that can be thrown together in 20 minutes.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (97)


Rating: 5 stars


This one lived up to its billing. Very easy to put together and delicious!

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (98)


Rating: 5 stars


My family enjoyed this dish. I may go lighter on the cumin next time. But other than that I really like this recipe and will use it again.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (99)


Rating: 5 stars


This was absolutely delicious. My husband loved the chicken, and he is not a chicken lover. I am usually not a fan of spicy food, but this was superb. I served with broccoli and couscous.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe (2024)


Is it better to bake chicken thighs at 350 or 400? ›

I recommend baking the chicken thighs at 400 degrees for less time to ensure the chicken thighs stay nice and juicy, vs baking for longer at 350 degrees and running the risk of drying them out.

Do chicken thighs get more tender the longer you cook them? ›

Unlike chicken breasts, chicken thighs and drumsticks actually become more tender the longer they cook. That's because of their makeup. Dark meat has an abundant amount of connective tissue, which dissolves into gelatin as the meat cooks, rendering it juicy and tender.

How long should chicken thighs be cooked? ›

The USDA guidelines lists approximate cooking times of 40 to 50 minutes for 4-to-8-ounce chicken thighs roasted at 350 degrees. In our basic meal prep boneless chicken thighs recipe, they take about 25 to 30 minutes baked at 425 degrees F.

How to make chicken thighs taste better? ›

Spices like smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, cayenne, and thyme will make the most flavorful spice rub for your chicken, so make sure to always have your pantry stocked with some spices. Preheat a cast iron or non-stick pan over medium-high heat for 2 minutes with 1 tablespoon of oil.

Do you bake chicken thighs covered or uncovered? ›

Recipe Tips and Tricks

Therefore, leaving them uncovered ensures a crispy skin that turns perfectly golden. YUM! Shorten the Marinating Time If Needed. Baked crispy chicken thighs in the oven are an excellent last-minute dinner.

How long to keep chicken thighs in oven at 400? ›

Keep in mind that boneless skinless chicken thighs will require about less time.
  1. Chicken Thighs at 350°F – 50-55 minutes.
  2. Chicken Thighs at 375°F – 45-50 minutes.
  3. Chicken Thighs at 400°F – 40-45 minutes.
  4. Chicken Thighs at 425°F – 35-40 minutes (preferred method)
Jan 10, 2024

At what temp are chicken thighs most tender? ›

For the ultimate juicy and tender chicken thigh experience, aim for an internal temp between 175 and 185 F. Any temperature higher than that can dry out or burn your meat, but the perfect 175° to 185° range will get you well above the minimum safe temperature and maximize the poultry's flavor potential.

How do chefs get chicken so tender? ›

Brines and marinades help tenderize the meat by bringing more moisture in the protein. With that extra moisture, you lose less when you cook. The simplest way to do this is with a dry brine — unwrap the chicken breasts, salt them on both sides and let them sit in the fridge for at least an hour.

Is it better to cook chicken thighs in the oven or on the stove? ›

All three types of chicken thighs cook well in an oven. Boneless chicken thighs are the quickest-cooking option, and roasting skin-on thighs in an oven can yield a crispy surface even without the chicken skin. Thanks to the even heat of an oven, the bone-in variety can also cook evenly. 1.

Is 30 minutes long enough to cook chicken thighs? ›

Quick to prepare, this tasty baked boneless, skinless chicken thigh recipe with a homemade Dijon marinade cooks to perfection in about 30 minutes at 425 degrees. There's no need to marinate the chicken before cooking.

How do you tell if chicken thighs are fully cooked? ›

Checking the chicken's internal temperature is the best way to know if the chicken is fully cooked; white meat chicken should be cooked to 165F (73C) and dark meat should reach 175F (79C).

How do you get seasoning to stick to chicken thighs? ›

First loosen the chicken skin — this can be done by carefully sliding a paring knife underneath the skin, or by hand — and then thoroughly incorporate both your seasoning and a layer of fat under the skin. Next coat the chicken generously with salt, pepper, spices, or a dry rub.

What tenderizes chicken thighs? ›

Using a marinade is a good way to achieve soft and tender chicken, with plain yogurt or buttermilk being the most commonly used marinades. The two contain acids and enzymes that combine to break the proteins and fiber in the chicken.

How long do thighs take to cook at 350? ›

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to an hour, until the skin is crisp and brown and the meat is ready to fall off the bones.

Is 400 too high to cook chicken? ›

The best way to bake chicken breasts is the oven is at 400 F. Simply drizzle some olive oil in the bottom of your baking dish, season your skinless chicken breasts generously and add a pat of butter on top of each chicken breast.

What is a good temp for chicken thigh? ›

While leg and thigh meat are still safe at 165 degrees F, it is recommended to cook your chicken until the internal temperature reaches about 170-175 degrees F. Chicken legs consist of actively worked muscles and the meat is tougher because of it. The higher temperature helps break down muscles.


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