Arizona Honey Highlight: Cayenne Pepper Honey

Cayenne pepper is a popular spice used in a variety of cuisines. Our local Arizona honey is mixed with cayenne pepper to give you a spicy-sweet condiment. Make sure you stir the honey before using it in your recipes, as the cayenne pepper will eventually work its way to the top of the jar.

The holidays are filled with an abundance of sweets, so let’s take a break from desserts and cocktails and prepare a healthy main course before diving into those cookies, pies and chocolates that are so prevalent this time of year. Our Crowd-Pleasing Chicken recipe is quick, easy, uses few ingredients, and can be made ahead of time. Honey replaces the  maple syrup to give a new twist to this family favorite. You can easily double, or even triple, this recipe to feed a crowd.

Crowd-Pleasing Chicken with Cayenne Honey

Preheat oven to 450ºF.

Mix together the Dijon mustard and rice wine vinegar in a baking dish.
Using a whisk, slowly drizzle the Absolutely Delightful AZ Cayenne Pepper Honey into the mustard and rice wine vinegar.
Place the chicken thighs into the baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Turn the thighs over in the mixture so they are fully coated.
Sprinkle with half of the fresh rosemary.

Do Ahead Tip: At this point, you may cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165ºF.
Baste the tops of the chicken with more sauce half way through.

Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Plate the chicken, making sure to spoon some extra sauce over the top.
Sprinkle with remaining fresh rosemary.

Adapted from Man-Pleasing
Chicken on Witty in the City

Have you tried this chicken recipe? Let us know how it turned out. How do you use our cayenne pepper honey? We are always looking for new and exciting ways to use our local honey, so any feedback is appreciated.  We look forward to hearing from our readers; if you have a favorite recipe to share, please include any suggestions in the section below. 

Life is sweet when there’s honey to eat.

Lisa Hamilton

for Absolutely Delightful Arizona Honey

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2 thoughts on “Crowd-Pleasing Chicken with Cayenne Pepper Honey

    • Lisa H says:

      Hi Tammy! Yes, if you don’t have cayenne pepper honey in your pantry, use the same amount of honey and add 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Enjoy!

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