This recipe was a bit of an experiment. I wanted something that was sweet, yet spicy. Thus, the recipe name. However, the recipe both succeeded and failed.
The successes: Easy, moist chicken legs that browned up nicely in the oven. They did have a slightly sweet flavor.
The fail: There was no hint of spiciness.
Here are the ingredients I used. Maybe you’ll have some ideas for me to improve them next time.
- 2 sticks butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 tsp. hot sauce
- 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
- 24-28 chicken legs
Melt the butter, honey, and lemon juice together in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in the hot sauce and salt. Dip each chicken leg in the butter sauce and place on a foil lined rimmed cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about an hour.
I think next time I need to increase the hot sauce to 2 or even 3 teaspoons. Also, they would probably have more flavor if I basted them several times while they baked.
What do you think? How would you fix my recipe? Or do you have a recipe for sweet and spicy chicken that you like?