Honey-Mustard Grilled Chicken Thighs

by Anne Bennett on October 24, 2013


Don’t let the fact that you’re looking at a picture of a sandwich deter you from enjoying the following delicious recipe for grilled chicken thighs. We had the bonafide, freshly prepared version of this chicken for dinner last night, but because it’s now deep into fall and the sun goes down before Champ even thinks about coming home from work, I couldn’t photograph it in natural light. Taking pictures in the kitchen after dark under fluorescent lighting makes for less-than-palatable results. Hey, I’m a Weight Watcher leader, not a photographer.

Hence, what you see here are today’s leftovers, which I ate for lunch with the last of summer’s tomatoes. And what a tasty sandwich it was too, thanks to the following recipe from Southern Living.

It’s a simple grilled chicken thigh that’s first marinated in honey, dijon mustard and fresh rosemary. The original recipe suggests serving the thighs with sautéed spinach and cheesy grits. Hmmm. Sounds like a Southern Living staple but not exactly Weight Watcher friendly. Instead I roasted cubed sweet potatoes in a 425 degree oven for about 20 minutes, just until they were browned. (Again, since it was dark last night, you’ll have to imagine what dinner looked like.)

I highly recommend the honey-dijon marinade. The rosemary really sets it off. You can use it with 2 lbs. of pork tenderloin as well.

This recipe is a keeper, so much so that I hope you make extra chicken. As I learned today, leftovers make delicious sandwiches.

1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp. pepper
1  1/2 lbs. skinned and boned chicken thighs
1/2 lemon

Combine garlic, olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, rosemary and pepper in a large zip-lock plastic bag. Squeeze bag to combine ingredients. Add chicken, seal bag and marinate for 1 to 24 hours.

Grill chicken over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and squeeze lemon juice over chicken.

Serves 4

WW PP per serving: 8 (You can reduce the number of points by using boneless skinless chicken breasts, but I like thighs.)

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kathleen October 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Good story Anne.
Good one…just maybe a little too close to the disappearing chicken tenders thriller we had a few weeks ago. yes?
The practice of photographing finished product in outrageously creative, beautiful settings with fabulous colors and hues as being most helpful to the reader and actual evidence that you made the recipes, is so like you, so much your hallmark, that the fact of not photographing said recipe causes us out here in non-bloggerville to wonder????????? Can we still trust you? I mean, of course you made the recipe, taking notes, tasting, mixing, repeating, timing, I am positive you do all those things and more. However my thoughts turn to your possible act of omission (remember,still a sin). Are you sure some hungry poodle didn’t slouch into the kitchen (possibly in front of your very eyes as you were gabbing on the phone) and snarf a few or maybe all but two of the chicken thighs, and making it impossible for you to work you wizardly photography?And maybe after your friend Michael’s call for an Intervention several weeks ago, you are just covering for your poodles dastardly deeds and in denial about the reality of your own co-dependence on the poodles addictions.. I’m just saying….Are you sure its the food and the helpful recipes that turn you on? Or is it seeing that greasy little bite that dropped out of the poodle mouth and left as a reminder of what just happened, and how one of them , well, let’s face it, outsmarted you yet again, and wants to make sure you get it. And why on earth is the blog named “The Hungry Poodle” ? Doesn’t the very name of said blog lend credence to the concept that poodles will do what poodles do and what can us mere mortal masters do about it?
The evidence mounts.

Anne Bennett October 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Ouch ! I’ve been outed ! But no, the voracious poodle didn’t get the chicken, at least, not THIS time. But I cannot vouch for whatever thefts may occur in the future. As I’ve stated, it’s the human who needs to be trained here, not the poodle.

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