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Honey & Spice Baked Chicken

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.
  • Makes
    5 servings plus 3 cooked chicken breast halves


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Combine first six ingredients; rub over chicken. Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast: 210 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 522mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • MVPhelan
    Oct 2, 2019

    I loved this! My kids don’t do spicy food, so I omitted the cayenne entirely. I didn’t have quite enough honey on hand, but it was still delicious!

  • cLeighw
    Mar 5, 2018

    Yummy. I won’t cook it quite as long next time. Was a little dry, but still excellent. Doubling the sauce is a great idea and since I’m not into spicy dishes, I only used a pinch of cayenne .

  • pajamaangel
    Feb 14, 2018

    Wow! The sauce that this creates is amazing! I was afraid that this might be a little too spicy for my grandson, but he devoured this dish. It will be in my regular rotation from now on. I wouldn't change a thing in this recipe!

  • gunslinger
    Sep 10, 2017

    I thought the spices on this were very good, but if I make it again I think I will double the sauce. I think it would have been tastier with a little more glaze but over all a very good simple recipe!

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Mar 26, 2017

    Pretty good flavor.

  • raysue
    Mar 11, 2017

    Such a delicious and healthy dish!

  • ssapienza
    Jan 12, 2017

    If you like dry rub on chicken, this one's for you!

  • LPHJKitchen
    Sep 3, 2016

    I really liked the spice and honey flavor combo. I did change it up just slightly - I cooked the chicken and sauce in a skillet (with chicken cut in chunks) to speed up the cooking process. We really liked it. It was great served with a side of steamed veggies.

  • greatwithoutgluten
    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.

  • rwippel
    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.