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Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs Recipe

Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs – An easy and quick one skillet meal including sticky, tender and delicious chicken thighs rubbed with a homemade spice rub and brushed with an amazingly sweet honey sauce.

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The glory that is this amazingness… If I was this sticky chicken, I’d kiss myself. It’s SO delicious AND pretty.

Hi Hi! Happy DAY! Sundays are DA best! I slept in, I took a shower, I ate… oh wait. That was back in 2006. Sundays with two kids under 7 years old don’t look like that no mo’, but hey, who’s complaining?! 😉

On the other hand, in 2006 I also didn’t really cook my own sticky chicken. Rather, I would hop over to my fave Asian restaurant and eat up all-the-chicken, trying to cure a Saturday night hangover… Fun dayz. And nights!

Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs - An easy and quick one skillet meal including sticky, tender and delicious chicken thighs rubbed with a homemade spice rub and brushed with an amazingly sweet honey sauce.

Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs - An easy and quick one skillet meal including sticky, tender and delicious chicken thighs rubbed with a homemade spice rub and brushed with an amazingly sweet honey sauce.

Regardless of my 20-something shenanigans, though, if you want to be extra deliciously awesome today, I urge you to get this sticky-chicken going, asap.

I mean, what can I say about it? It might not be YOUR world’s best thighs, but it’s just what my mouth wants to eat every day all day.

Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs - An easy and quick one skillet meal including sticky, tender and delicious chicken thighs rubbed with a homemade spice rub and brushed with an amazingly sweet honey sauce.

Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs - An easy and quick one skillet meal including sticky, tender and delicious chicken thighs rubbed with a homemade spice rub and brushed with an amazingly sweet honey sauce.

SWEET AND STICKY CHICKEN THIGHS

Let’s get right down to it. I adore this meal for many reasons, one of them being that you actually make your own spicy spice-rub, and you get to control the heat. Secondly, the honey sauce. It’s just a combination of honey and apple cider vinegar! I might be a bit biased, but I use STAR’s Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and it’s wonderful. Just an FYI.

Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs - An easy and quick one skillet meal including sticky, tender and delicious chicken thighs rubbed with a homemade spice rub and brushed with an amazingly sweet honey sauce.

If you want this to be even more awesome, I suggest cooking it in coconut oil – ohhhh yes. From the moment you taste it, it’s going to have you hooked to this flavor-loaded, saucy, sticky and sweet treat. 

Also, judging by how closely our food tastes align most of the time, I’m going to guess that you’ll love this just as much as me, and it will be added to your rotation just as it has been a part of mine for a long time.

Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs - An easy and quick one skillet meal including sticky, tender and delicious chicken thighs rubbed with a homemade spice rub and brushed with an amazingly sweet honey sauce.

P.S. One more thing that you and I love – this all happens in just one skillet. Or, one cast iron skillet. ’tis all. Love ya!

ENJOY!

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Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs - An easy and quick one skillet meal including sticky, tender and delicious chicken thighs rubbed with a homemade spice rub and brushed with an amazingly sweet honey sauce.

Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs

Katerina | Diethood
Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs - An easy and quick one skillet meal including sticky, tender and delicious chicken thighs rubbed with a homemade spice rub and brushed with an amazingly sweet honey sauce.
4.96 from 21 votes
Servings : 4 Servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients
  

FOR THE SPICE RUB
  • 2 teaspoons , or to taste, chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon or to taste , paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
FOR THE HONEY SAUCE
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
FOR THE CHICKEN
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined , cold pressed coconut oil
  • 6 to 8 boneless , skinless chicken thighs
  • green onions , for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Melt coconut oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  • Combine the spice rub ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Rub the chicken with the prepared spice rub and toss to coat.
  • Add chicken to skillet and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until browned.
  • Prepare the honey sauce by combining honey and apple cider vinegar in a mixing bowl; stir until well incorporated.
  • Remove chicken from heat and pour honey sauce over the chicken thighs, turning to coat.
  • Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove from oven and let stand couple minutes.
  • Plate and garnish with green onions.
  • Serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2 thighs | Calories: 252 kcal | Carbohydrates: 23 g | Protein: 27.7 g | Fat: 5.7 g | Saturated Fat: 1.4 g | Cholesterol: 114.5 mg | Sodium: 280 mg | Fiber: 0.8 g | Sugar: 21.4 g | Net Carbs: 22 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
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82 comments on “Spicy, Sweet and Sticky Chicken Thighs Recipe”

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    Pamela McGovern

    Terrific. Made it and it’s wonderful. My tip is to combine the spices and shake it on both sides with a fine strainer, Spice went further and covered evenly. Delicious

  2. You may want to double check your nutrition calculator. It is off. There is no way that a recipe for 4, that requires 1/2 tsp of salt has only 12% sodium in a serving. There is naturally occurring sodium in many of the other ingredients, and those calculations ONLY seem to count the added salt. The calculator I used -inputting the recipe with NO added salt as we are on a low sodium diet- still came up as 11% sodium per serving. I used skinless/boneless breasts as well, but nothing else was changed.
    We will still be trying it (without added salt) in the very near future, but I always check the nutrition info out, since I’d like to keep my husband alive (he is where the ‘low sodium’ comes in) and thought you may want your information to be more accurate. I know you use a calculator (obviously!) but something is off in it’s calculations.

  3. This was soo yummy! I’m really glad I tried it out. I used chicken thighs skin on/bone-in and butter for frying instead of coconut oil. I adjusted the spices a bit for four thighs and would recommend using a bit of garlic salt as well. I had them in the oven at 350 degrees (lower heat because a commenter suggested this to not burn the honey sauce) for around 40 minutes (because of the bone-in). Delicious! Thank you!

  4. This was good but it is DEFINITELY not Asian flavored. The chili powder made it taste Tex-Mex. My kids agree. Maybe the chili powder was supposed to be something else?

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    LINDA STUCKEY

    I am plant-based (Vegan). I am thinking about using Firm Tofu instead of Chicken and Agave instead of honey.

    This recipe looks great and I am excited about trying the conversions.

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      Katerina Petrovska

      Sure! But, they’ll need a bit longer to cook.. maybe about 8 to 10 minutes longer in the oven.

  6. This was delicious! I plan to add a little more spice next time, but even just the spice blend alone would be delicious!

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