Spiced chicken glazed with honey
I served this dish at Disney Dinners: Aladdin and one of my guests, Heath, described it as “fun and cool.” I love that!
I thought about contacting the farm to pick up the chicken but then I realized, if I couldn’t find the airline cut at any of my fancy grocery stores in Dallas, my readers probably also would have a hard time finding the cut and the whole point of Disney Dinners is that they can be recreated by my readers. So I went with a skin-on chicken breast. More traditional to middle eastern cooking would be dark meat, but I’m not a fan and this is my kitchen. If you are so lucky to find an airline cut, you will likely need to up the cooking time to 20-25 minutes.
I also want to make a note about cooking chicken breast. It is almost always too thick so I typically cut it in half lengthwise and save half in the freezer for later. Otherwise chicken takes 45 minutes to cook and in my opinion, loses the texture I want. I often get chicken from my farmers market and don’t have to do that because it’s much smaller. I cut these pieces in half and they were still huge. Don’t be afraid to slice yours! It’ll turn out better in the long run.
Note: I tripled this recipe for that dinner party. I’ve written it here for two.
2 skin-on chicken breasts
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Saffron sea salt
1 whole nutmeg for grating
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp local honey
- Rinse chicken and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Combine paprika, turmeric, garlic powder, a dash cinnamon, and a bit of freshly grated nutmeg in a small bowl.
- Season with saffron sea salt and seasoning mixture on both sides.
- Heat vegetable oil in an electric skillet preheated to 350 degrees.
- Cook chicken skin-side down for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 325. Cook for five more minutes. Flip chicken and cook for five minutes minutes for until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees. Spoon 1 tsp honey over each piece of chicken for the last few minutes of cooking.
- Sprinkle with fresh dill and serve with jeweled jasmine rice.
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