Spicy Sweet Chicken and Greens

Blogger inspiration strikes again! After reading Michelle’s post for sticky chicken thighs, I had the combination of brown sugar and habanero peppers stuck in my head. Last night when I wanted to make something really fantastic, I pulled up Michelle’s post and used what I had to whip up an amazing meal.

habanero peppers

chicken broth


6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs – I actually wanted them bone in, but I grabbed these in a hurry and didn’t realize until I got home.

3 habaneros, finely chopped

1/4 cup chicken stock

4 tablespoons

splash white vinegar

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

2 heaping teaspoons of grated ginger

chicken thighs

Cooking up the chicken was as easy as mixing all of the sauce ingredients and pouring them over the chicken. I cooked at 375 for about 30 minutes, checked and then increased the heat to 420 for the last 5 minutes. Apparently I put in way too much liquid, because where I hoped it would boil down into a nice sticky sauce, the end result was liquid-y. But so incredibly flavorful!

spicy sweet chicken

grated ginger

While the chicken was cooking, I zested and juiced two meyer lemons. There were bags of meyer lemons at Shaw’s, and they said “Buy me”, so I did.

meyer lemons


I washed and steamed up an entire bag of spinach. It amazes me how spinach cooks down to just about nothing. We easily polished off one bag ourselves.


Once the spinach was cooked, I added in the lemon zest and juice, plus a drizzle of blood orange olive oil.

chicken and spinach

I plated the chicken and spinach up with some of the sauce from the chicken, and then dove in. My husband couldn’t stop talking about how awesome the chicken was, and luckily there were a few pieces for me to send with him for lunch, along with salad. I love leftovers for his lunch; for some reason coming up with lunches totally stumps me. And since he is at his office for up to 13 hours a day, I kind of like it to be something more than a sandwich.

On another note, while I loved this dinner, I am ready to fling open the windows and to eat raw salads and other summery meals. I am tired of big red wines and slow cooked dishes. I just want to eat a giant caprese salad with fresh local tomatoes.

It looks like that is going to have to wait.

If you had to pick a favorite ingredient right now, what would it be? Mine is definitely ginger.

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Tags: blood orange olive oil, chicken, cooking, Food, ginger, health, healthy recipes, meyer lemon, recipe, spinach

  1. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)’s avatar

    I love chicken thighs. They have so much more flavor than breast or tenders.

    My current favorite ingredient is coconut aminos. It’s like soy sauce, only soy-free and 65% less sodium. It’s fantastic!


  2. Michelle’s avatar

    I love that you loved this dish as much as I did! The prep is SUPER easy and the flavors are awesome. I bet your version was really great. We had a decent amount of chicken leftover so Bret pulled it and made pulled chicken sandwiches!


  3. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Oooh looks good! I love habaneros. My favorite cooking ingredient is garlic :)


  4. Megan’s avatar

    I’ll join you on that caprese salad! This looks tasty and was probably easier to eat with those boneless chicken thighs.

    I’d have to say garlic.


  5. Jen@Twenty-Something and Starving’s avatar

    This looks absolutely fantastic! So does your site, I love the makeover. It may have been like this for a while but I’m freshly back to the scene so I just thought I should let you know it looks lovely. I, too, am loving ginger lately and I used to hate the stuff. I’m even drinking Moscow Mules lately and people look at 22 year old me when I order it like “say what!?” Anywho, once I’m no longer cooking for people who can’t take the heat I am making this. :)


  6. Raija’s avatar

    There is an ingredient in the recipe that just says 4 tablespoons? What is that mystery ingredient?! I need to try to make more bone-in chicken dishes…for some reason I never buy bone-in, even though its tastier.

    Latest ingredient I’m craving: strawberries. Let’s have a spring wine dinner at your house soon ;).


  7. alicia’s avatar

    I hear you about getting sick of braising and big reds! I want rose wines, grilled food, and peaches. If I have to eat one more apple I might scream.


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