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Honey & Spice Baked Chicken Recipe

Honey & Spice Baked Chicken Recipe

Bring summertime flavor to the table any time of year with this moist chicken entree that will remind you of backyard barbecues. The hint of heat is tempered by sweet honey, but for pickier palates, simply decrease the cayenne pepper. —Lisa Gnyp, Shelby Township, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts (5 ounces each)
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Combine first six ingredients; rub over chicken. Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • 2. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear. Combine honey and vinegar; baste over chicken during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Save three chicken breast halves for Chicken Chimichangas (recipe also in Recipe Finder) or save for another use. Yield: 5 servings plus 3 cooked chicken breast halves.

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast equals 210 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 522 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch.

Reviews for Honey & Spice Baked Chicken

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Reviewed Apr. 30, 2016

"I thought this was tasty. I will decrease the amount of chili pepper next time for my taste. My whole family enjoyed this recipe. It was easy to make too."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"This was awesome. I put the rub and basting sauce on pork chops as oppose to chicken. My husband said they were the best pork chops he's ever had. If you brown the chicken/chops in a cast iron skillet prior to putting in the oven, you get a lovely caramelization on the meat."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"I wondered If anyone has tried this without the honey and vinegar I thought it smelled really delicious when I open the oven to add the sauce"

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"We did not like this at all. I'm dreading having to eat it again tonight. Do you think it could have been because I used tenderloins instead of whole chicken breasts? Maybe it just isn't our style, 'cause neither of us liked it. I'm going to try it in the tortillas and see if it's any better."

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2015

"We grilled this instead off asking but it was still great! A quick & easy main dish!"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"Not enough sauce, but wonderful flavor!"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014 Edited Jul. 15, 2014

"This was good, but not great. I cut down on the chili powder and cayenne since my husband and son don't care for spicy foods. Personally didn't think it had that much flavor, and like another reviewer said, the honey mixture just ran off the chicken while it was cooking.

Update: I used the leftover chicken to make the baked chimichangas the next day so I was able to save this chicken that my family thought was just good, but not great."

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"This was excellent, though I had to cut back on the cayenne......I only put 1/4 teaspoon and that was plenty of heat. My husband even thought it was good and spicy, and he would have doubled the cayenne had he been in the kitchen with me when I was making it. So easy, too. Perfect for a weeknight!"

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"We loved the flavor, but yes, there was some heat in the rub. We offset that with a side of sour cream topped shredded lettuce. As dkarvin suggested in a December review, the leftovers will be used to make a wonderful southwestern entree later in the week."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

"I thought this was great. I only used 1/4 tsp of cayenne because I made this for me and my 6 year old only. When I basted the chicken the honey vinegar mixture ran over the chicken, but after cooking it thickened in the pan. I spooned it back over the chicken when served. I think that's the key to getting the honey flavor. This reminded me of the Andalusian pork tenderloin I made once. My son loves anything with honey. This was the first time he ate his chicken first without arguing. It was still a little spicy for him. I squeezed more honey on the cut pieces."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"This recipe was easy and tasty. I recommend using SMOKED PAPRIKA to give it a hot-off-the-grill flavor any time of year!"

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"It was ok. Nothing special."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"We loved this, ate it with mashed potatoes and a salad and it was so good. So easy and so tasty"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"Sorry, I just didn't care for this, dry rub was a little overwhelming and honey sauce didn't stay on chicken at all. I made more of honey/vinegar mixture and use as a dipping sauce which was much better. Going to use the leftovers for chimichangas as recommended which sounds wonderful."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"Loved this recipe!!!! I only put in half the amount of the cayenne pepper!"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"Loved the sweet and spicy flavor combo"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"Very good. I already had everything in my pantry for this, just had to go buy the chicken."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"Oh so yummy! A little too spicy for my children's taste (they don't care for much if any heat), but my husband and I LOVED it!! I will make this again."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"Quick, yummy, moist, flavorful. Loved the sauce, would make extra for the veggies."

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"Very yummy! Had a mild spicy flavor with a hint of barbecue! Loved it! Next time I might add more honey though, since there wasn't a lot of honey flavor to it."

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"Very nice taste and just the right amount of heat. Was hoping for more honey flavor though, probably gonna baste it multiple times next time."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"This was a little spicier than I was expecting it to be. I was hoping for it to have more of a honey-taste than the spice. Probably won't make this one again."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"This recipe alone was worth my subscription. I am sooo glad I tried it. It is very easy to put together and so tasty. Definitely going to make again. I like that it is made with all natural ingredients."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"Delicious flavor and very easy to make. My husband loved the chimichangas you make with the leftover chicken."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"Just made this and the flavor is great and the chicken was tender, definitely a keeper! The only thing I did different was add s&p to the honey cider glaze."

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