Spicy Honey-Glazed Chicken Recipe

here is nothing like the taste of chicken on the grill during the summer and this spicy honey-glazed chicken is no exception! We make this all summer long. With the sweet and spicy flavors you can’t go wrong!

During the summer our grill is always going while the weather permits. Between barbecuing with friends and family night diners this has become a favorite grilling recipe to make up. Anytime people come over and have it, they LOVE it. 


This dinner is so simple, don’t let the list of ingredients deceive you. Most likely you will have most if not all you need in your pantry. It’s a perfect easy dinner recipe when you are wanting to plan dinner and avoiding running out to the store for ingredients.


If you are like us and plan on grilling a lot this summer check out our other awesome grilled chicken recipes. Some favorites are our maple mountain dew grilled chicken recipe, honey lime grilled chicken marinade recipe, and our pineapple grilled chicken recipe. all are extremely juicy and tender and need to make it to your grill this summer.

everything you will need to make this healthy chicken recipe

Honey glazed chicken ingredients:

  1. Garlic powder
  2. Chili powder
  3. Salt
  4. Ground black pepper
  5. Cumin
  6. Paprika
  7. Ground cayenne pepper
  8. Boneless skinless chicken breast
  9. Olive oil
  10. Honey 
  11. Apple cider vinegar

If you don’t happen to have apple cider vinegar in your pantry, take a look at this of the best simple apple cider vinegar substitutes from StoneSoup. But, I would encourage you to get some if you have always wanted to try it! There are so many recipes with it and it adds great flavor!

More things you will need for this family dinner recipe:

  • 2 small mixing bowl
  • Large serving platter (one like THIS would work great)
  • Grill or broiler
  • Basting brush (THESE work wonderfully)
  • Aluminum foil (if using the oven)



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Start that grill and let’s get cooking!

While the grill is heating up, in a small bowl mix together the garlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper. This will make up the rub for the chicken. 

Next, get out your large platter and place the chicken on it. Then, drizzle the chicken with olive oil making sure each chicken breast is coated. 

Now, take the rub mixture and sprinkle it on top of the chicken and then rub it in making sure that all of the chicken is coated. 

Once that is done, place the chicken on your preheated grill (medium-high heat) and cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the chicken is cooked through.

While the chicken is cooking, mix in a small bowl the honey and apple cider vinegar. Warm it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to make it easier to mix the honey in. 


Set aside half of the glaze for later. 

With the other half of the glaze, during the last minute of cooking the chicken, brush the glaze on both sides of the chicken. 


Now, remove the chicken when it has fully cooked and drizzle on top of the chicken the ½ of the glaze that was set aside. 


All that is left to do it serve and enjoy! 

Check out the notes below on how to cook this year long in the oven!


Serves: 8

Spicy Honey-Glazed Grilled Chicken

Sweet meets spicy in this delicious recipe!

8 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

18 minTotal Time

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  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (depending on how hot you like it - I usually do 1/2 teaspoon)
  • Chicken:
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  1. In a small bowl, mix together all rub ingredients (garlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, and cayenne).
  2. Place chicken on a large platter or pan and drizzle with oil, making sure each piece is evenly coated. Sprinkle rub on top and rub it all over each piece of chicken until chicken is completely coated.
  3. In a grill pre-heated to medium-high heat or an oven preheated to lo broil (about 400 degrees), cook chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until chicken is fully cooked.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together honey and cider vinegar (to help make the honey easier to stir, warm it in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds). Set aside 1/2 of the glaze.
  5. During the last minute of cooking, brush 1/2 of the glaze on both sides of the chicken. Remove chicken from grill and drizzle the remaining glaze on top, then serve.


You could also make this recipe in your oven - instead of preheating the grill, turn on your oven's broiler.
Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and cook chicken for 5 minutes. Turn chicken over and continue cooking for 5 more minutes. Take chicken out of oven, brush on 1/2 of the glaze, and return to oven for 3 more minutes. Remove from oven, turn chicken one last time, and brush on remaining glaze. Let cook for 3-4 more minutes, then serve.


Main Course
gluten free
dairy free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free



1504 cal


29 g


147 g


162 g
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Recipe adapted from Food.com

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