December 9, 2012

Spiced Honey-Brushed Chicken

My family's favorite chicken recipe is this one, adapted from Cooking Light.  Simple, fast to cook, and packed with tons of flavor.  I served it tonight with roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts.  YUM.  If you've made it to adulthood without learning that Brussels sprouts are actually delicious, just try making them the way I do.  Once.  That's all I ask!  What do you have to lose?  A few dollars on produce?  Just dooo iiit.

For the Brussels sprouts

  • 1/2 to 1 lb small Brussels sprouts (the smaller the better)
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.  Trim stems off sprouts, cut in half vertically (stem to top, as seen in picture), and remove any loose outer leaves.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.  Scatter sprouts in a single layer on sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
  3. Roast for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally so they cook evenly.  Some leaves will blacken and fall away, but that's fine.
  4. Set aside while you broil chicken.  Put sheet back in oven last 2 minutes while chicken is cooking to keep the sprouts nice and hot.

For the Chicken

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  1. Preheat broiler.  Combine spices in a small tupperware container and shake to mix.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place chicken on top.  Sprinkle spice mixture generously on both sides of chicken breasts.  Use ALL of it!
  2. Broil chicken 5-7 minutes on each side.  While broiling, combine honey and vinegar in a small prep bowl, stirring well to thoroughly mix.
  3. Brush 1/2 of the honey mixture on the chicken.  Broil an additional 1 minute.  Take chicken out of oven, flip to other side, and brush with rest of the honey mixture.  Broil 1 additional minute or until chicken is done.

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