This easy recipe for baked chicken is extremely versatile, not only is it great for chicken thighs, it can be used on a cut-up whole chicken, and boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs. This chili rub and honey brushing sauce would also be fantastic for grilled chicken.The recipe is written for 4 – 5 lbs of chicken pieces or 3 lbs boneless, but it can easily be halved. The instructions are written for bone-in chicken with the modification for boneless below. The recipe could also be altered for use in a slow cooker, but the chicken should be lightly browned before placing it in the crock, or it may end up quite pale and scary.
For those wondering if it’s kid friendly, my kids attacked it, with one asking for thirds.
Chili Honey Chicken Thighs Recipe
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 TBSP cider vinegar
- 1 pinch ~ or 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Baked bone-in chicken pieces:
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Combine the honey, 2 TBSP cider vinegar, and crushed red pepper flakes. drizzle over the chicken pieces.
Bake at 350° for 30 – 40 minutes. Once while cooking turn the thighs to baste in the pan juices. (The start skin side up, and are turned to coat in the juices and placed back skin side up) Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken has reached165°F.
Use a broiler pan lightly coated with cooking spray. Place the spice coated chicken pieces on the broiling pan and broil for five minutes on each side. Then brush with the honey sauce and broil for one minute. Turn the chicken pieces over and brush with the honey sauce and broil for another minute or until the chicken is done.