Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Grilled Honey Chipotle Chicken

Can I hear it for March weather that feels more like June?!

Not only did we fire up the grill last week for the first grill of the season...we ate outside. And we were not cold. It was an Indiana miracle!

I pulled out a recipe I haven't made in ages. And I don't know how this fell through the cracks. This is grilled chicken I could eat once a week. At least.

If you are cooking for young kids, beware of the spice factor. I threw an extra chicken thigh on the grill that was just salt and peppered for my girls. More spicy grilled chicken for me.

Grilled Honey Chipotle Chicken
From Annie's Eats

For the glaze:
1/4 cup honey
1 TB pureed canned chipotles in adobo sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil

For the rub:
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1-2 tsp vegetable oil
Sesame seeds
Chopped fresh cilantro

Heat the grill (or a cast iron skillet to cook on stove top) to medium-high.

In a small bowl, whisk the honey, chipotle puree, mustard, chili powder, salt, and 1½ teaspoons oil. Divide the sauce in half. Use half to glaze chicken as it cooks and reserve the other half to drizzle over completely cooked chicken.

In a separate bowl, stir together chili powder, cumin and paprika, dash of salt and a few grinds of pepper.

Drizzle both sides of chicken thighs with vegetable oil. Sprinkle chicken with the paprika mixture.

Place the chicken on the heated grill and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Turn the chicken and brush the cooked side of the chicken with the honey-chipotle sauce.

Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, turn the chicken again and brush the second side with the glaze.

Cook for 1 minute, turn chicken again and cook for 1 minute more.

Remove from the grill and drizzle with the reserved honey-chipotle sauce.

Sprinkle the chicken with sesame seeds and chopped cilantro and serve immediately.

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Linked at Fit and Fabulous Fridays and Weekend Potluck


  1. This sounds like a wonderful chicken recipe. I've made it my goal this year to learn to like chicken, and I've promptly bookmarked this. Oh, and I also awarded you a "Liebster Blog" yesterday, just FYI. :) Enjoy the week - whatever is left of it!

  2. Thank you Sofie, it's my first blogging award! I do hope you enjoy this chicken dish!

  3. this is looks awesome! i'm always looking for new grilling recipes!!

  4. Hi! I saw this recipe on Amee's Savory Dish. This sounds so tasty, and awesome now that grilling weather is here.

  5. Thanks Jenn and Brianne! I hope you get a chance to try it, it's my favorite grilled meal.

  6. This recipe looks amazing! I love to grill and this recipe rocks!! Thanks for sharing at my linky :)

  7. Made this for dinner again tonight. It's SO GOOD! for the kids I kept the honey on the table to cut the heat. We just couldn't bring ourselves to reducing the amount of chipotle puree.


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