Smoky Hot Honey Chicken Thighs with Toasted Rosemary Orzo.
One of our favorite easy dinners, these hot honey broiled chicken thighs with orzo are so incredibly delicious. Smoky with a little heat, the chicken is sticky and juicy and the orzo is made with rosemary and parmesan. Best combo ever!
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This meal is fabulous and comes together in 30 minutes. It’s filling and substantial – and such a wonderful flavor combination. The chicken thighs are broiled with smoked paprika and hot honey. The orzo is toasted with rosemary and garlic, then finished with lots of parmesan cheese.
It’s an all around winner!
A meal like this is always a huge hit in our house. It’s one I make often, meaning some sort of chicken combined with a quick orzo situation. I’ll serve it with roasted broccoli, a salad or some other vegetable and everyone enjoys it.
It’s very filling and satisfying.
Of course, it tastes super good.
The method for these chicken thighs is another thing I do often. I’ve been making chicken thighs like this forever now and it is by far my favorite way to eat them. Eddie LOVES this.
And the method is simple, quick and foolproof.
It goes like this:
Season the chicken thighs all over with salt, pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika. I love this combo because it’s so sweet, smokey and flavorful.
Then, they go directly under the broiler. I broiler for about 6 to 7 minutes a side. I use the rack directly below the broiler, so they get a very nice char.
Next, brush the chicken thighs with a mixture of hot honey and apple cider vinegar. This is incredibly tangy and sweet with a touch of heat. So super good. The chicken goes back into the oven for one minute at a time. Brush the thighs, broil one minute, then flip and repeat. I do this two or three more times per side to get the sticky, smoky, sweet chicken thighs.
The honey practically gets bruleed on top of the chicken thighs. It caramelizes right under the flame and it’s SO good. This is almost like making your own quick faux BBQ sauce. And it’s a hit every single time.
Now for the orzo.
I toast the dry orzo in melted butter until it’s golden. I stir in fresh rosemary and garlic too.
Then, I pour in chicken stock. Bring this to a boil, reduce it to a simmer, cover and cook! That is it.
So while that happens, I make the chicken. This is a meal that comes together so well – the time is just perfect.
When the orzo has absorbed all the stock, I stir in a ton of parmesan cheese and more rosemary.
Time to serve everything together!
I love how well the orzo complements the chicken. It feels like a super cozy, comforting meal, but doesn’t take forever and isn’t overly heavy.
Hot Honey Chicken Thighs with Toasted Rosemary Orzo
Smoky Hot Honey Chicken Thighs with Rosemary Orzo
toasted rosemary orzo
toasted rosemary orzo
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the orzo and cook for a few minutes, stirring often, so the orzo toasts and gets golden. Stir in the garlic and half of the rosemary.
- Pour in the stock along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring the stock to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, stirring once or twice so the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom, until the liquid is absorbed.
- Stir in the parmesan cheese and remaining rosemary. Serve!
- Preheat the broiler in your oven to high. Make sure there is an oven rack directly beneath it.
- Place the chicken thighs on a baking sheet. Season the chicken all over liberally with salt and pepper. Season all over with the smoked paprika and garlic powder.
- Place under the broiler and broil for 6 minutes. Remove and flip the chicken oven. Broil for 6 minutes more. While the chicken is broiling, whisk together the hot honey and vinegar.
- Remove the chicken again and brush it with the honey mixture. Return to the oven and broil for 1 minute. Remove and flip the chicken thighs, brushing the other side with the honey mixture. Broil again for 1 minute. Repeat once or twice more until you get the desired charred topping.
- Serve the chicken thighs with the orzo!