Hot Sweet Thighs (aka Sweet Chili Chicken Thighs)

These recipes are the concoctions of (fictitious) cartoon comic chef extraordinaire, Sherri’s neighbor and cooking mentor, Chef Chumley.  Chef and Sherri are happy to bring them to you on Wednesdays and Fridays.


As we approach the warm swimsuit weather, we all worry about our thighs.  Well here are thighs that you won’t have to worry about.  Follow this recipe and you’ll have thighs that are sweet, zesty and delicious. Just… uh… be careful that your cooking doesn’t end up like the first time Jesse and I tried our luck:



Hot Sweet Thighs (aka Sweet Chili Chicken Thighs)


Prep time: 40 minutes  •  Cook time: 50-60 minutes • Yields 4-6 Servings

1 medium onion
1 jalapeno pepper
3 Tbsp oil
1/3 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1½ tsp chili powder
1/4 cup water
4 medium chicken thighs

Dice onion and jalapeno pepper (the heat is in the ribs and seeds, remove them if you want a medium heat, or omit for mild). Make sure not to touch any part of your body or face when handling jalapeno peppers and be sure to wash hands well when done.

On medium low heat stir onion and jalapeno peppers in oil for about 15 minute until tender. Add ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, chili powder and water. Cook for another 15 min until water reduces and becomes a spreadable paste. Let the mixture cool for about 10 min.

Dry chicken pieces well. Then spread mixture on chicken. Place on baking sheet so that pieces have space between them.

Bake at 375° for 50-60 minutes uncovered.


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  • Rachel Wizenfeld

    yum! looks tasty :)

    • playinggrownups

      It is! Try it out! Well, when you’re up to cooking again that is. =0)

  • Stacee Hess

    for the culinary challenged here is a tip: put on disposable gloves when cutting or dicing jalapenos . Take them off right after and throw them in the garbage.

    • playinggrownups

      I’ve never heard that one before. I wish I knew about that before I went and rubbed my eyes after handling jalapenos for the first time…that’s a lesson I learned REALLY quickly! Thanks, Stacee!