(My Burnt) Sweet & Spicy Glazed Chicken Thighs

When I was shopping for the week this past weekend, I knew I wanted some kind of chicken dish. So when I saw the price of these chicken thighs ($3.71 for 2.5lbs!), I immediately knew I had to make them.

So tonight, I made the dry rub marinade, cooked them up and….. burned them. Yep, it happens. It’s real life and it happens.

But, I wanted to share it anyway because once I peeled the skin back, the chicken was super moist and delicious. Oh, and the broccoli was on point (haha)!

I know this chicken is a hard sell when all you can see charred chicken skin. I guess my ‘deep brown glaze’ is a nice way of saying burnt….


Sweet & Spicy Glazed Chicken Thighs

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (4-5 pieces)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper.
  2. Place the chicken thighs on a cutting board and pat dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the chicken, coating both sides liberally.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium. Once hot, add the olive oil and swirl to coat. Add the coated chicken and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and the brown sugar has turned into a deep brown glaze. img_6885
  4. Serve immediately with veg of choice (I had broccoli and cauliflower rice). Enjoy! 

Recipe from: budgetbytes.com

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