I love Friday evenings. Looking forward to the weekend after a long hard week is an amazing feeling. Today, however I wasn’t really inclined to hit the road and walk into a restaurant for a fancy meal. Why? Well, Diwali has been really heavy on the pocket so yes, we were definitely staying in.
That said, the roti sabzi option didn’t sound really exciting with the traditional food fest happening all of the festive season. A continental (read firangi); relatively fuss free meal was on my mind. The refrigerator had a neglected can of beer and a packet of juicy chicken thighs amongst the endless stacks of mithai boxes.So,we have chicken and we have beer, just another mystery box challenge, I thought to myself. YaaaY! Let’s do this!
So here’s what I whipped up- Spicy Honey & Beer glazed Chicken
- Chicken Thighs – 2
- Honey – 2 tbsps.
- Chilli Flakes – 3 tsps.
- Crushed Peppercorns – 4-5
- Garlic -4 pods finely chopped
- Basil – 8-10 leaves (optional)
- Beer- ¼ cup
- Barbeque Sauce – 2 tbsps.
- Dark Soy- 1tsp
- Vinegar- 1tsp
- Kashmiri Chilli powder – 2 Tsp
- Salt to taste
- In a bowl mix all the ingredients together
- Place the chicken thighs into the bowl and allow them to sit in the marinade for a few minutes
- Fish out the chicken thighs and carefully place them into a Ziploc bag and spoon in all of the marinade right in.
- Place this bag in the refrigerator for around an hour
- Grease a baking dish with some olive oil and place the chicken thighs neatly a little away from each other
- Smear some of the marinade on the legs and place the dish on top of a rack , right in the center of the oven
- Grill the thighs for a good 8 minutes
- In the meanwhile place all of the marinade in a pan, to make a nice restaurant style sauce.
- Cook the marinade till it is reduced to half or till it has a nice thick consistency
- After 8 minutes brush the thighs on both sides with some of the marinade and grill them again for around 3-4 minutes or till they are done. Use your judgment,you know your oven best! J
- Place the thighs on a plate and spoon some of that thick boozy sauce right over
You can have this with some bread or stir fried veggies.
What a happy Friday!