Broiled Chili-Rubbed Chicken Thighs with my spicy chili-powder based chicken thigh rub are a quick and easy, healthy, and tasty low-carb, 15-minute wonder!
Have I got a great light and healthy recipe for you today! My Broiled Chili-Rubbed Chicken Thighs recipe is a delicious, easy and quick way to answer the age-old “What’s for dinner tonight?” question.
Always popular at my house and paired with a side dish and a salad, these sumptuous, juicy, sweet and spicy chicken thighs are sure to please even your pickiest eaters. And, the best part is they are only 207 calories each! Plus, they only take 15 minutes to make, which means you can have them on the table in record time.
Made with boneless, skinless chicken thighs, Broiled Chili-Rubbed Chicken Thighs are also delicious the next day cold or warmed up and cut up, and can bring new life to even the most boring salad. Are you like my husband and not a fan of dark meat or chicken thighs? Just swap them out for chicken breasts, and you will be in business. No muss, no fuss!
What to serve with Broiled Chili-Rubbed Chicken Thighs?
I like to serve these chicken thighs with:
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How to make Broiled Chili-Rubbed Chicken Thighs
To make these yummy crispy chicken thighs, gather the ingredients which are: chicken thighs, garlic powder, chili powder, ground cumin, kosher salt, paprika, ground red pepper, honey, and apple cider vinegar. To make clean-up a breeze, you will also need some non-stick cooking spray and aluminum foil.
Preparation is easy. Begin by turning your broiler on.
How to make chicken thigh rub:
Add garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and red pepper to a large bowl and mix well.
Add the chicken thighs and mix well, making sure the thighs are coated with the spice mixture.
Combine the honey and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl and set aside.
Line the bottom of your broiler pan with aluminum foil. When the oven is hot, place the chicken pieces on the top piece of a broiler pan which has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Place the broiler pan on the bottom rack of your oven. The rack should be about 10 inches from the broiler element. Broil the thighs for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and turn the thighs over. Broil for 5 minutes more.
Remove the pan again and brush the chicken with 1/2 of the honey-vinegar mixture. Broil 1 minute. Remove the pan one more time, turn the chicken over, and brush the chicken with the remainder of the honey-vinegar mixture. Broil 1 additional minute.
That’s it! Remove the pan from the oven and serve the Broiled Chili-Rubbed Chicken Thighs immediately.
*This recipe was originally published on May 9, 2016. I am republishing it on September 5, 2018, with new photos, simplified instructions, and tips. The basic recipe remains the same.
If you don’t have a broiler pan, simply use a rimmed baking sheet fitted with a wire cooling rack.
You can substitute boneless, skinless chicken breast for the chicken thighs. If they are large, cut them in half horizontally so they will cook evenly. Breasts do cook a bit quicker than thighs, so depending on how thick they are, you might need to reduce the cooking time.
If you would like to serve wine with this meal, as a general rule, white meat pairs well with white wines like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, while dark meat is best served with medium-bodied red wines such as Pinot Noir or Zinfandel. Cheers!
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Broiled Chili-Rubbed Chicken Thighs
- 6 chicken thighs boneless, skinless
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
- 6 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Turn your broiler on to high.
- Add garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and red pepper to a large bowl and mix well.
- Add the chicken thighs and mix to coat the chicken with the spice mixture. Set aside.
- Combine the honey and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl and set aside.
- Place the broiler pan on the bottom rack of your oven. The rack should be about 10 inches from the broiler element. Broil the chicken for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and turn the chicken over. Broil for 5 minutes more.
- Remove the pan again and brush the chicken with 1/2 of the honey-vinegar mixture. Broil 1 minute. Remove the pan again, turn the chicken over, and brush the chicken with the remainder of the honey-vinegar mixture. Broil 1 additional minute.
- Remove the pan from the oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!