For most people, summer is the perfect time for grilling. Not so much for us. At least not this summer. Stan does our grilling, and this summer he avoided our grill like the plague. Not because he has developed an aversion to one of his favorite toys, but rather because it was approximately 150 degrees all summer long. (That may be a slight exaggeration, but you get where I’m coming from.) We have a charcoal grill and convincing Stan to stand outside for extended periods of time in the sweltering heat was just not going to happen.
And I was okay with our lack of grilling… mostly. What I missed though, was the opportunity to try the many recipes I had lined up for summer grilling. Fortunately, Stan decided to brave the heat a couple of weeks ago and let me pick out the recipes. Enter today’s recipe for Spicy Honey Chicken – otherwise known as possibly the best chicken we ate all summer.
This chicken recipe is fabulous for many reasons. First, it is easy. Ridiculously easy. Rub on a spice mixture, grill, and brush with honey-easy. It is also insanely delicious. The chicken is spicy, but not too hot. It is smoky from the grill. It is sweet (but not too sweet) and caramelized from the honey glaze. It is economical. And in addition to all of those reasons, this chicken recipe is great because it works just as well in a grill pan as on a real grill, making it perfect for year-round cooking.
Spicy Honey Chicken
Adapted from Our Best Bites
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tsp. flavorless oil (like canola or grape seed)
For the Spice Rub:
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. coriander
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
For the Glaze:
1/2 cup honey
1 T. cider vinegar
Coat the chicken with the oil then sprinkle the spices evenly over the chicken. Use your hands to really rub the spices into the chicken.
Heat your grill or grill pan to medium-high and grill the chicken for 3 to 5 minutes per side. During the last minute of grilling on each side, baste the chicken with the honey mixture. (You can reserve a tablespoon or two of the honey mixture to drizzle over the cooked chicken, if desired. I just used it all up basting the chicken.)Serves 4.