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close up shot of chicken thigh with hot honey on plate with side dishes and small bowl of seasoning on side

Crispy roasted chicken thighs with hot honey

  • Author: Mansee
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Oven


Super crispy roasted chicken thighs drizzled with an easy homemade hot honey. Includes my favorite tips for getting the crispiest chicken without having to deep fry!


  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs*
  • 1 tablespoon house seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or oil spray)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 serrano chili, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a sheet pan with foil and then fit a wire baking rack on top. Lightly brush or spray with oil. Set aside.
  2. Combine 2 teaspoons salt and 1 tablespoon house seasoning (or any other seasoning you like!) in a small bowl. 
  3. Using your fingers, gently separate the skin from the meat of the chicken to make a little pocket. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the salt/seasoning mixture to each little pocket and spread around to make sure you are seasoning the meat itself. 
  4. Then add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder to the remaining seasoning mixture and use that to sprinkle on top of the skin. Add chicken to pan.
  5. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and spread all over the chicken. Alternatively, use a cooking spray to evenly coat. 
  6. Bake chicken for 35-40 minutes, until the skin is super crispy and the meat registers 165 degrees.
  7. While chicken cooks, combine 1/3 cup honey, 1 tablespoon water and 1 thinly sliced chili in a small pan. Heat over low until honey and water combine come to a simmer. Let simmer for 5 minutes and then remove from heat. You can strain the honey if you want, but I like to keep the chilis in there while it cools to make it as spicy as possible!
  8. When chicken is cooked, remove from oven and drizzle with hot honey. Serve with your favorite sides and more hot honey as desired!


  • When I buy chicken thighs at the store, 1 1/2 lbs is generally 4 good-sized chicken thighs. This recipe is easily scaled up/down as needed. Just keep in mind you'll need about 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning per chicken (1/2 teaspoon on the meat, and then another 1 teaspoon on the outside)