Sweet and spicy: a pairing I can’t resist. But instead of those “sticky wings” you can get at any local bar, why not try something a little lighter and tastier? The great thing about honey is that you don’t need that much to make the chicken sweet. Also, most honey has a low to medium glycemic index (the glycemic index measures how quickly the body can use carbs in a given food for energy), so you can get a lot of flavor without the sugar spikes. This recipe gave me a chance to test out the Magic/Nutri-Bullet that my (future) in-laws sent (super nice, right?) Here’s what you’ll need:
1 pack of soba noodles (check out the brand I use here)
1-4 jalapeños (this range depends on just how spicy you want your chicken to be)
1/3 cup of honey
1/4 cup cilantro leaves (fresh & chopped)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2-3 tbspns water
2 tspns olive oil
1/2 tsp fresh ginger
1/2 small onion
1 sliced whole chicken (skin on or off)
A blender or a Magic/Nutri-Bullet
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1 scotch bonnet pepper (CAUTION: only for ppl who really like spice, like yours truly 😉 )
1. Rinse and clean your chicken as needed. Then place raw chicken in a large bowl and rub down with salt. Set aside.
2. Start on your honey jalapeno sauce. Slice up the jalapenos, removing all seeds. Coarsely dice your onion, ginger, cilantro and scotch bonnet (if applicable). Place all these items in your blender (but don’t blend yet).
3. In a cup, mix together honey and water. The water should (hopefully) loosen up the honey enough for you to pour it into the blender. (If your blender has measurement markings on it you can also add the honey this way!).
4. Blend that bad boy! Your sauce should be thick but easily pourable when you’re done:
1. Brown your chicken: Heat a large skillet on high heat and olive oil/Pam.
2. Place chicken (if you have skin on, skin down) on the skillet. Do not touch the chicken once it’s down on the skillet! Leave on skillet for 5-8minutes or until golden brown. Should look something like this:
3. Once chicken is brown, flip pieces over and pour on your honey jalapeño sauce. Should look something like this:
4. Add a little bit of water (if needed) and then cover skillet. Lower heat to medium-low heat. Allow chicken to cook for 20-30minutes (or until cooked through).
5. Fifteen minutes before your chicken will be done, put a pot of water on to boil. Once boiled, add soba noodles for 5-8 minutes. Remove and let sit in cool water.
6. Place chicken on top of soba noodles.
7. Grub grub grub!! 😉
BONUS: This is a meal that keeps very well! So it’s perfect if you’re a busy person & need a meal that can stretch from the weekend into mid-week; that is, if you can keep your family from eating it all in one sitting! -CFC
*** Do you like sweet and spicy? ***