Honey Jalapeño Grilled Chicken Recipe

Whether it’s a quick weeknight meal or a big gathering, this Honey Jalapeño Grilled Chicken Recipe is the perfect entree.

Honey Jalapeño Grilled Chicken Recipe from shewearsmanyhats.com

Flexibility of chicken lends itself well to marinades and different cooking techniques, for those reasons, along with it being relatively inexpensive (particularly bone-in dark meat), we enjoy chicken on a regular basis. This easy Honey Jalapeño Grilled Chicken Recipe is just one more delicious way to prepare it.

Preparation for this recipe is easy. The chicken for this Honey Jalapeño Grilled Chicken Recipe can be prepped up to a day ahead and kept refrigerated and covered while it mingles with this flavorful marinade made of honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, jalapeño, garlic, and cilantro. Once the chicken has finished marinating (at least 20 minutes), prepare the grill and cook chicken until done.

This grilled chicken recipe is adapted from Ian Knauer’s recipe for Honey Jalapeño Chicken Tenders, found in The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food. Chicken tenders are a fabulous option but we enjoy dark meat bone-in chicken pieces the very best. I think the dark meat is more flavorful and tends to be less dry than the white pieces of chicken meat, plus dark meat is usually less expensive. Recently I found a five pound bag of chicken legs for a little over $1 per pound. That’s one crazy deal.

Honey Jalapeño Grilled Chicken Recipe from shewearsmanyhats.com

Whichever parts of the chicken you enjoy, you’ll enjoy them even more with this delicious and easy recipe. If interested in baking instead of grilling, you will find instructions for baking the chicken in the recipe notes below.

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Honey Jalapeño Grilled Chicken Recipe

This delicious chicken recipe is easy to prep a day ahead and can be cooked in about 30 minutes. See notes for how to bake this chicken in the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken pieces

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, minced jalapeno, grated garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper.
  2. Pour marinade into a large ziptop plastic bag or large baking dish; add chicken and toss to coat. Seal/cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or up to overnight, turning chicken occasionally.
  3. Heat grill* to medium. Oil grate. Place chicken on grill, close lid; turn chicken pieces occasionally and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 30 minutes.

*To bake in oven, preheat oven to 450 degrees F; arrange marinated chicken in oven-proof skillet or dutch oven in a single layer. Bake uncovered 30 minutes, or until chicken is done.


Honey Jalapeño Grilled Chicken Recipe from shewearsmanyhats.com

Originally published August 21, 2015.