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Habanero Honey Chicken Recipe

This week and next, the Red Sox and the Dodgers will be battling it out in the World Series. As a New Englander, I’ll be rooting for the Sox! As the games heat up, I like to get cooking and make traditional game day favorites with a healthy twist….like fiery buffalo chicken. My habanero honey recipe (below) is made with all white meat tenders drenched in smooth, buttery and habanero hot sauce featuring habanero flavored olive oil and sweet raw honey.

If you’ve ever made your own habanero hot sauce, you know it’s a labor of love…Habaneros are not for the faint of heart. On the “hotness scale” or Scoville scale, habaneros rank among the top edible peppers for heat content, boasting exponentially more Scoville Heat Units (SHUs) than jalapeno, chipotle, and even cayenne peppers. Many people opt to wear gloves when preparing habanero hot sauce, because these little orange peppers can irritate sensitive skin. And if you happen to inadvertently rub your eyes after handling habaneros, you’ll feel the burn – habaneros are no joke!

As someone who likes ease and convenience, I prefer to skip the habanero handling process, and instead use a habanero flavored olive oil (you can learn more about how it is made here).

Habanero Honey Chicken Tenders

You’ll need:

In a frying pan, saute the chicken tenders in extra virgin olive oil over medium heat until cooked through (about 7 to 10 minutes each side).

While the chicken is cooking, make the habanero hot sauce. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, and stir in the honey until you reach desired sweetness. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, then add the habanero flavored olive oil. I would start with 1.5 Tbsp, and add gradually add more until you get to your preferred level of hotness (remember, the habanero hot sauce will pack less heat when you coat the chicken with it, so make your sauce a little bit hotter than you like it). Add the lime juice to desired citrus flavor, and mix until emulsified. Remove half the honey habanero hot sauce and reserve in a small bowl for dipping.

When the chicken is done, slice the tenders into bite-sized pieces, then transfer them to the bowl and toss in the honey habanero hot sauce. Let the chicken marinate for 5 minutes in the sauce, then add salt to taste. Serve with toothpicks and a side of habanero hot sauce.

Mangiare!

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