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Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love–Spicy Chicken Thighs

Whether you’re hosting a fancy dinner party or just trying to feed the family on a busy school night, there is no meal that is simpler and more impressive than broiled chicken. With just a minimum of spice and a nice, hot oven, you can have the most delicious dinner that every chicken lover will enjoy. If you want to spice things up, you can use a recipe like this one, from Once Upon a Chef, that adds a little heat and a sweet glaze to really get those taste buds jumping. Either way, broiled chicken will become one of the go-to meals in your house.

Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love | Spicy Broiled Chicken Thighs from Once Upon a Chef |

(image and recipe from Once Upon a Chef)


For the Chicken
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed

For the Honey-Vinegar Glaze
6 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons + 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, divided


Set an oven rack in the top position and preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Combine the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Add the chicken thighs and toss to coat evenly. Arrange the chicken thighs on the prepared baking sheet.

Prepare the glaze by combining the honey with 2 teaspoons of the vinegar in a small bowl; stir well.

Broil the chicken for 5 minutes on each side (for a total of 10 minutes). Remove the chicken from the oven and brush half of the glaze on the chicken; broil for 1 minute. Remove the chicken from the oven and turn over; brush the chicken with the remaining honey mixture and broil for 1-2 minutes more, until the chicken is nicely browned. Sprinkle the chicken with the remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar. Transfer the chicken and pan juices to a platter and serve.

For more recipes, check out our blog. And don’t forget to pick up some Lunchbox Love so you’ll always have the perfect message of Love and encouragement to share with your kids and loved ones.

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