The perfect blend of sweet and spicy. One of the things I love about this dish is that it’s easy to make as spicy or un-spicy as you want. Add less or more jalapeños as you see fit. Or, on the sweet side, as as much honey as you want. There is no real “right” way to do it – it all depends on your taste! See the easy steps below to make this Asian Inspired Jalapeño Honey Chicken and Brown Rice dish:
Jalapeño Honey Sauce
- Olive oil (about 2 tablespoons)
- Salt (1 teaspoon)
- Pepper (1/2 teaspoon)
- Garlic (chopped, 2 cloves)
- Chicken broth (1/2 cup)
- Soy Sauce (1/2 cup)
- Sesame Seeds (2 tablespoons)
- Cilantro (large handful)
- Apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons)
- Lemon juice (1 tablespoon)
- Honey (3 tablespoons)
- Chicken thighs (3-4 thighs) – you can use chicken breasts as well, I just prefer thighs because they don’t dry out as easily.
- 1 whole Jalapeño
- Brown rice (2 cups)
1. Start by making the brown rice. Wash and rinse the rice really well, until the water is clear. Place in a saucepan with double the amount of water and a little salt and stir. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat all the way down and cover the pan tightly with a lid. Cook on low heat for about 10-15 minutes, keeping the pan covered.
2. Cut up your chicken thighs (or breasts) into bite sized cubes. Cut your jalapeño into very thinly sliced rings. TIP: If you want your jalapeño’s to have a little less spice, take out some of the seeds after slicing. Set aside your chicken and jalapeños.
3. Start cooking your cubed chicken in a saucepan with some olive oil and salt and pepper. You only want to cook for about 3 minutes before starting your sauce. Cooking your chicken all the way through will leave it dry by the time it’s ready to serve.
4. Make your sauce. Add the above ingredients directly into the saucepan used to cook the chicken. TIP: Add the cilantro last, this way the leave still have some crisp to the leaves. This is where you can decide to add as much or as little heat and/or sweetness as you want! Taste your sauce as the ingredients are melding together and decide how best to move forward. Let your sauce simmer on medium/low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
5. Pour your jalapeño honey chicken over your brown rice while still hot and eat up!