Let’s get into these recipes…
Spicy Honey Chicken (recipe adapted from myrecipes.com and budgetbytes.com)
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
6 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
• Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
• Line the bottom of a baking/roasting pan with aluminum foil.
• Spray an oven-safe wire rack with non-stick cooking spray, and set inside of the foil-lined pan; then place chicken pieces on top of the rack.
• Combine all other ingredients in a bowl; then pour half of the mixture on top of the chicken (equal amounts on each chicken piece), then use a brush to coat evenly.
• Roast chicken in the oven for 20 minutes.
• Remove chicken from oven, flip pieces over and brush with remaining honey spice mixture.
• Return chicken to oven and roast an additional 20 minutes, or until done and juices run clear.
I served this chicken with a simple kale green salad, tossed in lime vinaigrette. Fresh avocado (sliced on top), just because! I now love avocados, and have my sister to thank for introducing me to them.
Lime Vinaigrette (recipe adapted from foodnetwork.com)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
• In a jar with a lid, shake together all ingredients.
• Pour desired amount of vinaigrette over (chopped) kale salad greens just before serving, and toss.
• Refrigerate leftover dressing.
This made for a nice dinner.
Next time, I might just leave the honey and vinegar out until the last few minutes of roasting the chicken, and prepare it without using a wire rack. Just a non-stick foil lined pan, and the chicken seasoned with the spices. The glaze dripped and scorched the bottom of the pan (and the chicken, a little bit), thank goodness there was non-stick foil at the bottom!
Oh, and salt. The chicken could’ve used a little more of it. Otherwise, good food.