Spiced Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs and the ‘Little Dipper’

Yields 4

Prep Time 10 min

Cook Time 12 min

Total Time 22 mins

Some spices and a bit of honey transform chicken thighs to a great dish.


  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika (I had smoked and used it)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 6 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar


  1. Preheat broiler
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss to coat.
  3. Place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. (Or for easy cleanup, cover the inside of a large baking pan with sides with aluminum foil. Put a wire grid tray on top of the foil to allow drippings to collect in foil for easy cleanup)
  4. Broil chicken for 5 minutes on each side.
  5. Combine honey and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring well.
  6. Remove chicken from oven; brush 1/4 cup honey mixture over chicken and return to oven for 1 minute.
  7. Remove chicken from oven and turn over. Brush chicken with remaining honey mixture.
  8. Broil 1 minute or until chicken is done.

Recipe Notes

Boneless thighs can actually be cooked in one flat piece but I tucked meat from both sides under the main part to simulate the thigh with bone in and it cooked perfectly at this thickness.

Quick Tip from the book: Always reach for a larger bowl than you think you need. Using a bowl that is too small can result in spills and makes stirring and whisking more difficult.

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