Tender and juicy Chicken Thighs smothered with a flavorful sweet, spicy and smoky sauce, These Honey Chipotle Chicken Thighs are wonderfully easy and delicious!
I have leftover chipotle peppers from another recipe and I thought I will use that to make a simple dish that I can easily make for dinner.
If you have not enjoyed the flavors of chipotle peppers before, I strongly suggest that you try them. Chipotle peppers in cans are tiny stuff filled with amazing flavors- smoky, hot, sweet and savory. There is nothing quite like it.
Easy Honey Chipotle Chicken Thighs
These Chicken thighs are smothered with a rich honey chipotle sauce- yielding such tender and juicy meat. I especially love the good sear on the chicken with lots of flavors from the seasonings.
Cook the Chicken Thighs
This dish is pretty simple. It starts by cooking the chicken in a wide skillet. You want the chicken to be nicely golden, and with some parts caramelized.
Make sure you do not overcrowd the pan. This will ensure the chicken gets a nice sear and caramelization, instead of steaming. So, cook your chicken in batches.
Make the Honey Chipotle Sauce
For a more saucy consistency, puree the chipotle peppers in a small food processor or food chopper. If you do not have it, simply chop the peppers into small bits.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft and aromatic. Lower heat.
Stir in, honey. Then add the chipotle peppers. Stir everything well to combine. Next, add all the chicken to the saucepan, and toss them around so they get a nice coating of the sauce.
Cook for a few minutes more, or until heated through. Transfer everything to a serving plate and enjoy!
Enjoy this warm with steamy rice. Garnish with cilantro or parsley. Or green onions. You can also chop the chicken into bite size pieces and serve this rice bowl style!
Frequently Asked Questions
Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeno peppers. It has an intense spicy, smoky and sharp flavor, that is almost tangy. These are often canned and you can find them in International aisle. Mexican cuisine part of supermarkets.
Because of the lean nature of chicken breast, it will not be as tender as the chicken thighs in this recipe. Also the caramelization of the seasonings will be tricky to achieve in a chicken breast without drying the meat.