This recipe calls for 4 staples that I keep on hand. Honey, lemon juice, parsley and soy sauce. Because I keep them on hand I have found many dishes that calls for those ingredients. These items are easily found at local stores in small inexpensive sizes. I store the lemon juice in the refrigerator after it has been open. Since I drink ice tea during the summer months. I like lemon and honey for my tea. Even though you have to maintain a frugal kitchen you will find these pantry staples important to make cheap meals sing with flavor.
Chicken thighs are the least expensive cut of chicken you can buy. It is great for braising and stewing because it holds up in the process better than other parts of the chicken. Thighs are my first choice when I am trying to stretch a dollar. I always buy them with the skin on and bone in. There is no reason to pay more for skinless and boneless thighs unless you have a dietary need to do so. The bones and skin add a deeper chicken flavor to the dish.
Honey glazed chicken is made by braising the chicken until it is tender. Then making a honey lemon sauce in the same pan where the meat was braised. You will enjoy it because it is simple and it tastes wonderful.
Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs
- 4 chicken thighs with skin
- seasoned flour for dredging chicken
- 2 tablespoon Oil
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
You start out by rolling cleaned thighs in seasoned flour. Placing them in a hot dutch oven that has a little oil in it to brown the thighs on both sides. Now you add water up to inch deep to braise the chicken. To braise you bring the water to a boil and place a tight lid on the pot. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes checking often to add a little more water if needed. During that time you can put together the rest of the meal. The thigh should be tender. You remove the thighs from the pan and add honey, lemon juice, soy sauce, cayenne pepper, and parsley the ingredients to make the honey glaze. Stir and place chicken back in pan. Let sauce reduce and glaze the chicken for a few minutes. The chicken will be ready to serve.