The other day I came across one of my mother’s old recipe books. As I thumbed through it, I discovered a recipe for Spiced Honey Chicken, otherwise known as Honeyed Chicken. Because the recipe requires a total of five ingredients and is naturally gluten-free I decided to try it. I’m happy to report that this entree is ridiculously easy to make (perfect for busy weeknights) and really is delicious. Simply create a honey-based sauce, dip the chicken into it, bake for one hour, add a side dish or two, and dinner is served!
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My family truly enjoys a delicious chicken dinner. Everything from spiced blackberry chicken wings, fried chicken, chicken primavera, chicken pot pie, chicken casserole, and chicken noodle soup, just to name a few. Now we can add Spiced Honey Chicken to our repertoire!
Remember when I said that Spiced Honey Chicken requires only five ingredients? Well, naturally, the very first thing you’ll need is approximately 3 pounds of chicken drumsticks or thighs, however, you can also use chicken breast. The remaining four ingredients make up a sticky sauce that coats each piece of chicken. Whisk the sauce ingredients together until well combined.
Sticky Sauce Ingredients:
The next step is to dip each piece of chicken into the honey mixture. Arrange the chicken in a single layer in a lightly greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Pour any remaining sauce over the chicken.
Next, place the Spiced Honey Chicken in a preheated 425 degrees F oven. Bake for 1 hour or until the inside of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F. when checked with a meat thermometer. Cover lightly with foil if the chicken starts to become too brown.
In the end, you’ll find there is plenty of yummy sauce you can use as a gravy. Personally, I served the chicken with rice and fresh green beans with mushrooms.
For the rice, I cooked 1 cup of Jasmine rice in 1.5 cups of chicken broth (I like Orrington Farms Chicken Flavored Broth Base which is gluten-free at the writing of this post). Okay, back to the rice. One cup of uncooked Jasmine rice yielded 3 cups of cooked rice. To serve, I placed the chicken on top of an individual serving of rice. Since I had extra sauce, I spooned some of it over the chicken and rice. (I found that the sauce is also good on green beans!)
Spiced Honey Chicken is extremely easy to make, requires only 5 ingredients, is naturally gluten-free, and is a delightful entree.
- 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
- 1 cup honey
- 1 Tablespoon dry mustard
- 2 teaspoon curry powder
- Approx. 3 pounds chicken drumsticks or thighs
- Preheat oven to 424 degrees F.
- Whisk together melted butter, honey, mustard, and curry powder in a bowl. Dip each piece of chicken into the honey mixture and arrange in a lightly greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over chicken.
- Bake for 1 hour or until the inside of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F. when checked with a meat thermometer. *Cover lightly with foil if the chicken becomes too browned.
- Serve hot. Refrigerate leftovers.
See how easy it is to make Spiced Honey Chicken? This meal is easy peasy and delightful any day of the week!
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