One of the main reasons why we love chicken is because it is quite versatile and still easy to cook. There are so many different recipes and styles of cooking that sometimes it can be hard to choose a new one to try. That’s why we decided to share with you 5 spicy chicken dishes that every heat enthusiast will enjoy. From paprika and cayenne chicken to spicy plum chicken thighs, Mexican red chicken, spicy spatchcocked chicken, and Thai Lime roast chicken, we know these recipes will suit your spice-loving palate.
Paprika and Cayenne Chicken
To begin this list, we have a punchy, tasty, and texture-rich dish that will not disappoint. This paprika and cayenne chicken recipe consists of a tasty chicken broth with onions, tomatoes, and garlic. The secret of the recipe, though, relies on the sauce made with cayenne and paprika. Once we have browned the chicken, we can add drippings and chicken fat to make a thicker sauce with an extra layer of flavor. Counting prep and cooking, this dish doesn’t take more than 1 hour to be ready to enjoy.
Spicy Plum Chicken Thighs
If we are looking for a grilling sauce for tender chicken thighs, we should try the unusual combination of plums and Thai chile. This mix gives us juicy and tender meat that feels like melting in your hands while sucking on the sweet and spicy plum sauce. This is one of those spicy chicken dishes best enjoyed while hosting a cookout grilling party with our friends and family. While you’re at it, you may want to grill some vegetables and serve them with a creamy potato and dill salad to balance out the heat.
Mexican Red Chicken
When it comes to spicy chicken dishes, turning to Mexican cuisine is an obliged path to take. Preparing Mexican red chicken requires using a tasty sauce made with chiles, garlic, cumin, oregano, and onions. Now, the secret ingredient here is good-quality powdered cocoa, which will give the sauce a nice finish. This will help us balance out the power of the chiles and the pungency of garlic. A real treat every heat lover will definitely enjoy.
Spicy Spatchcocked Chicken
Spatchcocking is an interesting and fun way of preparing chicken that reduces the cooking time almost in half by simply butterflying the entire bird. You can also grill the chicken or pan-fry it, whichever you prefer. In order to do it right, ask your local butcher to open-up the chicken for you and gently separate the skin from the meat. The chicken gets the flavor from a spicy lime marinade that will sit on the bird in order for the meat to absorb the flavors. Let it roast for 45 minutes and keep tasting the meat and adding more chile pepper flakes until it reaches the desired heat.
Thai Lime Roast Chicken
Last but not least, we have this Thai Lime Roast chicken recipe that comes with a sweet and spicy marinade ideal for a bird with a crispy outside. This is a longer-to-make recipe, as it takes around 2 and a half hours of prep and cooking time, but the results are worth the effort. This is a mildly spicy chicken, but the recipe can be adjusted by simply adding more chiles. When you wait for the chicken to cook, bake some potatoes and roast some vegetables in the same oven.