Spicy Honey Chicken

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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.)

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Andre on Mar 22, 2013

    i get so tired of the same kind of chicken..i would like to try some new things with chicken…all nationalities are welcome to answer.

  2. posted by Jenna on Mar 22, 2013

    I am 5 weeks pregnant, want to know whether I can eat Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta from cheese cake factory.
    Ingredients are:
    Honey Glazed Chicken, Asparagus, Red and Yellow Peppers, Peas, Garlic and Onion in a Spicy Chipotle Parmesan Cream Sauce.

    Please advice!!

  3. posted by Willie on Mar 22, 2013

    Nothing with a lot of sugar or a flour coating, please. I am looking for something spicy or tangy. I am planning to go home during lunch and put them in the crockpot, so they can be ready by the time I get home from the gym tonight.

  4. posted by Cpt Excelsior on Mar 22, 2013

    I’m looking for a delicious chicken recipe. What are some of your favorites?

  5. posted by henryshensbcglobalnet on Mar 22, 2013

    All of them have the same chicken.

  6. posted by tjpimpin on Mar 22, 2013

    Im starting a diet on Monday and grilled chicken is one of my protein foods. How can a make an overnight marinade using low fat chicken broth? Recipes please :) no alcohol 😉

  7. posted by LN13 on Mar 22, 2013

    I want to know how to make them taste better. My oil has been used a few times already, deep frying french fries, so that is fine. But when I deep fried the frozen chicken tenders I bought, they didn’t taste bad, but not that good either. Is there a specific way to cook them or ingredients to add that will make them taste better?
    Yes, they are breaded actually.

  8. posted by Jeracoo L on Mar 22, 2013

    There’s this bubble tea store who makes the best spicy fried chicken, and I want to know how they make it!

  9. posted by Sriram R on Mar 22, 2013

    I was just wondering if anyone knew a couple of items that I could throw together just to make some good deep friend chicken wings. I dont have all fancy ingredients just plain jane. Thanks.

  10. posted by Roar me R on Mar 22, 2013

    i really want pizza hut’s spicy asian wings but didnt want to pay for them. is there a recipe that i could make that makes the wings taste like theirs? thanks for the help!

  11. posted by Disrae on Mar 22, 2013

    Just bought a big bag of honey glazed chicken wings, but I’ve never had it before, so not sure what to dip it with? Ranch?

  12. posted by Goe122 on Mar 22, 2013

    I’m looking for an authentic recipe for this takeaway meal, which has fried chicken strips in a spicy coating, and is normally served with onions and peppers. I think it’s a Cantonese dish.

  13. posted by Joe T on Mar 22, 2013

    I have some ground chicken that needs to be used up. I already made a chicken meatloaf so if anyone has any other ideas it would be awesome. Thank you.

  14. posted by Caltel T on Mar 25, 2013

    I am planning on making riceballs, and I was wondering if you can make them with a soy sauce center, instead of like seaweed or samon. Would soy sauce leak all over the place? You see I am planning on making a Japanese diner with small riceballs as a side, and Chicken terrioki as the main course. So any riceball filling that would go with that, just tell me. Thanks!

  15. posted by RichT on Mar 25, 2013

    Safeway has some chicken saute that has this delicious sauce on it that is peanuty, sweet, and spicy. I really want a sauce that is close to that for a dipping sauce. Anyone have any good ideas?

  16. posted by Rassling Fundamentals on Mar 26, 2013

    im looking for a recipe i can try out because im so sick of garlic chicken and bar-b-q chicken can anyone help me out on a good recipe?

  17. posted by Denali on Mar 26, 2013

    I have raw chicken wings and I’m not much of a cook. I was thinking of just putting them in the oven, but that would be boring.

    I would appreciate a recommendation of another way to go about preparing them. I do have some seasonings, orange sauce (Panda Express), soy sauce, and barbecue sauce. Can I cook with these?

    I don’t know. What should I do?

  18. posted by Cole on Mar 26, 2013

    I bought some Szechuan spicy stir fry sauce to make General Tao chicken. It’s a tad too spicy for me in it’s original form. What could I add to take away a little of the zip? I am in Weight Watchers so I need something that doesn’t add too much sugar or fat!

  19. posted by zigg3ns on Mar 26, 2013

    He’s really tired of chicken noodle and I’m making a ham and pea soup for his lunch tomorrow.
    Any dinner ideas that aren’t really soupy?
    He’s got a bad head cold and he’s really achy.
    Also, does anyone have any old fashioned remedies their grandma used to use for colds/sickness? Thanks so much!

  20. posted by Kobe on Mar 26, 2013

    I am not looking for a gravy or soup but more so a sauce that I can simmer the chicken in, and it can also be used to put on white rice. I prefer recipes from scratch but all suggestions are welcome.

    Thanks in advance!
    Just FYI, I am not planning to batter the chicken breasts. I don’t care for batter so I am thinking of just pan frying or sauteing the meat.

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