Sticky Asian Chicken Thighs

Sticky Tender Asian Chicken Thighs smothered in a sweet and spicy Asian inspired sauce. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? It should, because these Sticky Asian Chicken Thighs are juicy, tender and loaded with flavor. You can find the recipe on Chef Savvy, a food-inspired blog where you can learn to “cook like a chef”.

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Now, back to the food! Chicken thighs are probably one of the most underrated parts of a chicken. It seems like everyone reaches for chicken breasts to create their favorite recipes. But the thigh, which is from the upper part of the leg, is a slightly fattier dark meat, which means it is more tender and moist and rich in flavor. The modern chicken is actually a descendant of red junglefowl hybrids, along with the grey junglefowl that was first raised thousands of years ago in northern parts of the Indian subcontinent. Chickens have had a really long time to ‘perfect’ themselves. There are depictions of them that date back to 600 BCE Babylonian carvings. Even earlier than that, however, domestication is thought to have occurred in Northern China around 8,000 BCE (which has been determined through archaeological chicken bones). Chicken was one of the most common meats available in the Middle Ages but consumption didn’t increase in the United States until World War II when there were shortages of both beef and pork. In Europe, chicken consumption overtook that of beef in 1996 (which is linked to an increased awareness of the mad cow disease). In 2003, there was an estimated population of more than 24 billion domesticated chickens. 24 billion. Wow.

For this chicken recipe, you want to make sure you brown the chicken thighs in a super hot pan before placing in the oven. Not only does it give nice caramelization, it also crisps the skin. You can use skinless chicken thighs, to cut down on the fat content you consume, but the crunch of the skin adds a nice textural element to the dish. This is really the “hardest” part of the whole recipe. The sauce, a sticky Asian style sweet sauce with a hint of spice is made from 5 fairly common ingredients. After making the sauce, you coat the chicken with it and bake in the oven. This delicious chicken recipe comes together in less than 45 minutes and is sure to please every time. Serve with a side of veggies and rice for the complete meal deal and… winner-winner, chicken dinner!

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