Sticky honey chicken with pearl onions and thyme

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Difficulty

Easy 👌
30
min.
Preparation
10
min.
Baking
0
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-4+
90 g honey
chicken legs
200 g pearl onions
4 sprigs thyme
lemon
2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
100 ml water
3 tbsp olive oil (divided)
½ tbsp garlic powder
½ tsp smoked paprika
5 cloves garlic
1 tbsp butter
salt
pepper
Metric
Imperial

Utensils

  • bowl
  • citrus press
  • whisk
  • oven
  • large bowl
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • tongs
  • ovenproof cast iron pan
  • rubber spatula

Nutrition per serving

Cal
596
Protein
24 g
Fat
29 g
Carb
58 g
  • Step 1/4

    Whisk together honey, lemon juice, white balsamic vinegar, and water and set aside.
    • 90 g honey
    • 1 tbsp lemon
    • white balsamic vinegar
    • 100 ml water
    • bowl
    • citrus press
    • whisk

    Whisk together honey, lemon juice, white balsamic vinegar, and water and set aside.

  • Step 2/4

    Preheat oven to 180°C/360°F. Separate chicken legs into drumsticks and thighs, leaving the skin intact as much as possible. Rub chicken with most of the olive oil and season with garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
    • chicken legs
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • ½ tbsp garlic powder
    • ½ tsp smoked paprika
    • salt
    • pepper
    • oven
    • large bowl
    • cutting board
    • knife

    Preheat oven to 180°C/360°F. Separate chicken legs into drumsticks and thighs, leaving the skin intact as much as possible. Rub chicken with most of the olive oil and season with garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.

  • Step 3/4

    Heat remaining oil in an oven-safe cast iron pan set over medium heat. Add chicken skin-side down and let the chicken sear until the fat begins to render, approx. 5 min., then increase heat to high and cook for approx. a further 5 min. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside. Add pearl onions to the same pan and cook in the chicken fat for approx. 1 min. Return the chicken to pan, transfer it to the oven, and roast at 180°C/360°F for approx. 10 min. or until golden.
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 200 g pearl onions
    • tongs
    • ovenproof cast iron pan

    Heat remaining oil in an oven-safe cast iron pan set over medium heat. Add chicken skin-side down and let the chicken sear until the fat begins to render, approx. 5 min., then increase heat to high and cook for approx. a further 5 min. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside. Add pearl onions to the same pan and cook in the chicken fat for approx. 1 min. Return the chicken to pan, transfer it to the oven, and roast at 180°C/360°F for approx. 10 min. or until golden.

  • Step 4/4

    Remove pan from oven and transfer to the stove. Remove chicken pieces and set aside. Sauté garlic over medium-low heat for approx. 2 min. Add the mixture of honey, lemon juice, white balsamic vinegar and then the thyme to pan, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and let simmer until sticky and reduced, approx. 5 min. Add butter and stir until melted. Season with salt and plenty of pepper to taste. Return chicken to pan and spoon over sauce to coat. Enjoy!
    • 5 cloves garlic
    • 4 springs thyme
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • salt
    • pepper
    • rubber spatula

    Remove pan from oven and transfer to the stove. Remove chicken pieces and set aside. Sauté garlic over medium-low heat for approx. 2 min. Add the mixture of honey, lemon juice, white balsamic vinegar and then the thyme to pan, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and let simmer until sticky and reduced, approx. 5 min. Add butter and stir until melted. Season with salt and plenty of pepper to taste. Return chicken to pan and spoon over sauce to coat. Enjoy!