If you’re looking for a fun new chicken recipe, I’ve got you covered with these crispy honey buffalo chicken thighs. These are the perfect way to satisfy your craving for slightly sweet and spicy, and they feature perfectly crispy skin and only FIVE ingredients! They’re budget-friendly, gluten-free, and low-carb.
First, let’s talk about the crispy skin.
I’m a huge fan of crispy chicken skin. Whether with oven BBQ chicken or whole roast chicken, I always try my hardest to achieve a cracker-like crispy outside and a juicy inside. First of all, it tastes amazing. Second of all, buying bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces will save you a lot of money, and almost always ensures perfectly cooked, juicy meat with less risk of overcooking (especially with dark meat, like these thighs).
For this recipe, I first seared the chicken in a stainless steel skillet skin side down in order to crisp it up. Then I finished it in the oven, adding hot sauce and honey at the end and spooning it intermittently over the chicken to create a sweet and spicy glaze.
I don’t want to brag or anything… but I’m going to. This has to be some of the most delicious chicken I’ve ever made. I can’t wait to make it again!
Perhaps my favorite thing about this recipe is that it only uses five ingredients, not including salt and pepper: chicken, hot sauce, honey, olive oil, and butter. The olive oil combined with the butter helps the skin of the chicken sear and crisp up perfectly. With only one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of hot sauce in the whole dish, it’s not SUPER sweet or SUPER spicy. It’s just right.
Most people in this world crave things like chocolate or ice cream. Not me. Well, I mean… yes, I do. But more often than not, when I have a strong craving, it’s for something buffalo flavored. If you are like me, I’ll point you in the directions of this buffalo mushroom naan pizza and these scratch-made buffalo chicken fingers.
You can cook these in any oven-proof skillet, like cast iron or stainless steel. I preferred stainless steel for this recipe, since you have to transport it in and out of the oven a few times and it’s a bit lighter and easier to maneuver. I have Calphalon Tri-Ply skillets and I LOVE them. They are heavy enough to cook food evenly and food cooks perfectly in them. If you are looking for some new cookware, I highly recommend these!
For extra credit, sprinkle the top of these chicken thighs with bleu cheese crumbles. I did that only after I took photographs, which is why it’s not pictured.
Printable recipe for crispy honey buffalo chicken thighs below!
Crispy Honey Buffalo Chicken Thighs
- Oven-Safe Skillet
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Season the chicken on both sides with plenty of salt and pepper.
- Once the skillet is hot, add the chicken thighs skin side down. Leave them for five minutes.
- Remove skillet from heat and flip chicken to skin side up. The chicken should release from the bottom of the skillet easily and the skin should be crispy and seared- if they do not, let them sit for a couple more minutes.
- Roast in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and place chicken on a plate temporarily. Whisk in the hot sauce (2 tablespoons) and honey (2 tablespoons) to the drippings in the skillet. Add the chicken back into the skillet skin side up and spoon the sauce over each thigh by tilting the skillet.
- Roast for another 5 minutes, remove skillet, tilt it to the side, and spoon sauce over each thigh.
- Repeat this two more times, until the chicken has roasted for a total of 35 minutes (or is cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees).
- Serve drizzled with extra sauce.
- For a dairy free/paleo version, substitute the butter with ghee or olive oil.