Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs Recipe

My wife has often commented on how we should cook chicken thighs since they are generally much cheaper than chicken breast. I tended to think they probably weren’t very good if they were so cheap – besides, they are kind of small too. Well, she found a recipe that changed my mind about them even though the recipe does include garlic powder.

Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs

I’m including the recipe as it was listed. However, we did stray from it a little.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add chicken to bowl; toss to coat.
  4. Place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray.
  5. Broil chicken 5 minutes on each side.
  6. Combine honey and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring well.
  7. Remove chicken from oven; brush 1/4 cup honey mixture on chicken. Broil 1 minute. Remove chicken from oven and turn over.
  8. Brush chicken with remaining honey mixture. Broil 1 additional minute or until chicken is done.

We couldn’t find boneless chicken thighs so we got them with the bone. That was both good and bad. The good thing about the thighs with bone is that they are a bit bigger. I’m not sure if there actually is more meat on them than if we used boneless, but it gives the appearance of more. On the other hand, they seemed to take a lot longer to cook than the recipe calls for. They say 5 minutes  per side, then brush with honey and do one or two more minutes per side. I think we ended up cooking them around 10 minutes per side.

Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs - Plated

Regardless of how long they may have taken to cook, I must say they were absolutely delicious. I would never have guessed they were made with garlic powder if I hadn’t read the recipe. The honey made them nice and sweet and the red pepper gave them some kick.

With this recipe, my opinion of chicken thighs has been changed forever. It definitely meets with this fussy eater’s approval.

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Chicken Piccata Recipe

The other day we had some company over (our daughter’s friend we hadn’t seen in years) and my wife decided to make a special meal. She wanted to make chicken piccata, but neither of us likes capers which are common in most recipes for it. She did a little searching around and finally found a recipe that didn’t call for them. Sure, we probably could have used one with capers and just left them out, but this one looked pretty good so she decided to run with it.

Chicken Piccata - Cooking

 

We mixed up all the ingredients and cooked it it our largest skillet. It had a really nice lemony smell to it. They browned up quite nicely too. They looked almost as good as the pictures in the recipe.

Chicken Piccata - Ready to Serve

 

As we got closer to serving them, our daughter’s boyfriend suggested that we take lemon slices and put them on top and let them cook down into the chicken. It seemed like a great idea so we went with it.

Chicken Piccata - Plated

 

We served the chicken in the dish, but left the lemon slices behind when serving it up. Along with the chicken, my wife also made some pasta and some toasted bread with mozzarella cheese. Everyone else had garlic on their bread. I have learned that I can deal with a little garlic powder in a recipe, but I am still a LONG way from eating garlic bread.

The chicken piccata went over very well. We had six people for dinner that night but cooked for 8. Linda and I had the leftovers today and they were still delicious. We heated them up in a skillet and I added a small amount of lemon juice to the leftover sauce that we kept with the chicken. The leftovers were just as good the the day we made them.

The only change I might suggest is to add more lemon juice to the recipe. The breading had a definite lemon taste, but the chicken itself could possibly have used a little more. Feel free to make any changes you want to the recipe shown below and let me know how it works out.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, beat the egg together with 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. In a shallow bowl or dish mix together the flour, garlic powder and paprika. Dip the chicken in the egg/lemon mixture, then in the seasoned flour.
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter/margarine and brown the coated chicken pieces.
  4. Dissolve the bouillon in the boiling water, then add the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Pour liquid into skillet. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, turning chicken pieces after 10 minutes, until chicken is tender. Garnish as desired and serve.

Cajun Flank Steak Recipe

Book - The New Way to Cook Light

This Christmas, my wife got a great new cookbook “The New Way to Cook Light”. Up till now we hadn’t tried any of the recipes. This afternoon we were looking it over and found one that seemed interesting – Cajun Flank Steak.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb flank steak (we used 1.5)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper (we used 1/4)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (we used 1/4)

Directions:

  1. Combine seasoning in a storage bag and mix.
  2. Season both sides of the flank steak.
  3. Heat grill to high heat (around 600).
  4. Grill each side for about 8-10 minutes depending on how you like your steak.
  5. Let rest 5 minutes.
  6. Cut steak diagonally into thin strips.

Cajun Flank Steak - Seasoned

One of the things I like about flank steak is that it is so lean. I hardly had to cut anything off it before it was ready to grill. Try to season it as evenly as possible. If you have a shaker you can use, that might help. I found it a little tough to season evenly.

Cajun Flank Steak - Off the Grill

 

I cut the steak once after I brought it in to make sure it was done properly. My wife likes it a little more rare than I do. This looked pretty good so we let it stand before cutting the rest.

Cajun Flank Steak - Ready to ServeOnce it was all cut I could tell that some of it was a little less done than I like. Linda took the rare portions and I took the meat that was just pink. As you can see it was quite juicy.Cajun Flank Steak with Campfire Potatoes

We made Campfire Potatoes to go along with the steak. I was a bit unsure of them so I added some additional cheddar on top. The Cajun Flank Steak was delicious. It definitely had some kick to it. Between the two of us we finished it off. I will probably try this seasoning again on other cuts of steak as it was really flavorful. I was even bold enough to actually include the garlic powder when I made it. All in all, this steak gets the fussy eater stamp of approval.

 

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