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.
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. hot chili powder
For the Glaze:
1/2 cup honey
1 T. cider vinegar
Place the chicken in a large bowl and pat dry with paper towels.In a small bowl, combine the spices for the spice rub.
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.
In another bowl, whisk together the honey and cider vinegar. Set aside.
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.)