These spicy honey-baked chicken thighs are a beautiful dance filled with sweet, bold, and juicy flavors that you and your family will love!
You may be similar to me in the sense that you do the best you can in order to consume ethically-sourced food, as often as humanly possible. This could include sourcing your veggies from a community garden, or making your own batches of vegan ice cream. Others, including myself, have been on a quest to find ethically-sourced meats.
Is that even possible?
While this specific question can certainly be seen as controversial, and filled with arguments from the sides of vegans and omnivores, I would like to take the argument and say ‘Yes!’ It is possible to find ethically-sourced meat. The key is to find sources of meat that come from local, small-scale farmers. As an alternative to environmentally-degrading factory farm systems, there are many small-scale farmers what are intentional about raise their livestock in a free-range manner, free of any use of antibiotics or added growth hormones. Many of these farmers work to ensure that the animals are not only provided with ample space, but are raised with dignity.
Local Meat FTW
I recently had the opportunity to befriend John Roberts, the owner of Olivor Farms, a small-scale livestock operation based out of Dover, Florida. John and his wife Chrysti raise free-range chickens and grass-finished beef cows on open pastures around the Dover area. This couple and their brand truly believe in the importance of transparency and honesty. I wrote a recent Farm to Spork feature about Olivor Farms, which can be accessed here.
After interviewing John, I knew that I had to try some of their chicken, for myself. And let me tell you…it’s delicious and worth every penny. Being that I absolutely love eating dark meat, I developed a mouth-watering recipe that I believe you and your family will enjoy.
The thighs turned out absolutely juicy, and had a lovely tangy-spigy-sweet flavor. But in my opinion, the heat was very tolerable, and not at-all unpleasant. I sourced the particular spicy honey that I used for this recipe from The Corner Store, a Plant City café and natural goods market that specializes in the sale of gourmet, organic, and locally-sourced items. If you have sensitivity to heat, you can definitely opt for a milder honey!
Describing the baked chicken sure is making me hungry…let’s move onto the recipe!
Spicy Honey-baked Chicken Thighs
- 4 raw chicken thighs with skin
- 2 tbsp. spicy honey
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- ⅓ tsp. chili powder
- 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
- In a large bowl, combine the entire set of spicesby whisking with a fork until well-blended. Gently puncture each of the thighswith a fork until there are several small holes in each piece. Place each thigh in large bowl and gently mix marinade into chicken until each thigh iswell-coated. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes-overnight.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once oven has finished pre-heating, take a onoven-safe casserole dish, lightly grease the bottom of it, and place thechicken thighs in the dish. Allow to bake for 30-35 minutes, or until thejuices run clear. If you have a food thermometer, the internal temperatureshould be at 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Allow chicken thighs to cool for at least 5 minutes, and enjoy!
Nutritional Information per serving:
462 calories/ 32.14 grams protein/ 32.24 grams fat/ 9.6 grams carbohydrates/ .3 grams of fiber