The Thigh Who Loved Me

"Another take on one of those great low fat recipes from the Podleski sisters. This one gives you extra-tasty oven barbecued chicken thighs."
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  • ARRANGE chicken thighs in a single layer in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • WHISK together in a separate bowl the ketchup, salsa, honey, dijon mustard, chili powder and cumin until well blended.
  • POUR sauce over chicken; Turn pieces to coat both sides with the sauce.
  • BAKE uncovered at 400F for 45 minutes.

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  1. gypsygal
    "Oooh Delish"! Beside quick and easy, "The Sauce Made The Dish"! I only had 6 thighs but used the full sauce recipe. The amount of sauce was perfect. I did add 2 cloves of minced garlic to the sauce. (We are garlic lovers.) This is good enough for company and I will use the recipe. Maybe it's just me, but, when I use 12 thighs, I intend to "double" the sauce. I don't think the amount of sauce as listed is enough. Thanks for a winner!
  2. Charlotte J
    It smells heavenly right now as it is baking! Tastes just as good. Some of the wee ones (4 years old) did not like the chili powder, but the rest of us gave this dish a 5 thumbs up. Let me tell you, Charlene was not kidding when she said prep time 5 minutes! This was so fast and simple to put together. Finger licken' good
  3. Baer360
    It's not often that you can easily give a recipe 5 stars for flavor AND ease in making! Use of the salsa added a nice flavor to the sauce, not over powering and it doesn't scream "salsa here-grab the corn chips!" I followed recipe as stated and the next time I'll play with it by omitting the ketchup, use diced tomatoes or tom. sauce and stir in chopped green onions at the end of the cooking process. Note, if using thighs, the 45 minute cook time works well, if using breasts, at this temp. 30 minutes or less would cook them without over doing it.
  4. Eric D Friedman
    I loved this recipe but made the following changes 1)Substituted tomato sauce for the sugar and richer taste 2)Made more sauce than needed to not only coat the thighs but to surrounded them as they baked. Made the thighs so much more juicier
  5. adjarami5780
    The base for the sauce was good, but it seemed to be missing something. I added a half tablespoon more mustard and instead of chili powder I used 2 teaspoons of Emeril's Southwest Seasoning. I also added a couple shakes of Cholula hot sauce. So yummy I could eat just the sauce. Love that it was so quick to prepare and the whole house smelled wonderful.


  1. saskiaeh
    Amazing!!! I altered it a bit because I didn't have all the ingredients- mushroom/garlic tom. sauce instead of ketchup, cayenne instead of chili powder, hot mustard instead of dijon. I topped with parmesan and sour cream and ate with pasta and cauliflower. ONE OF THE BEST MEALS EVER!!
  2. hillbean
    This recipe is AMAZING!!!! I made it for company last night and there is nothing left. I replaced the ketchup with tomato sauce (low on ketchup) and delicious. I can't wait to make it again. I also emailed the link to fellow foodie friends.
  3. seaglass
    Great recipe! I used tomato sauce instead of ketchup to avoid sugar or corn syrup and they came out really good.
  4. KLHquilts
    Very good! And extremely easy to make. My husband surprised me tonight by coming home an hour early; I had this in the oven within five minutes. The chicken was very tender. I think next time I'll try it the way other reviewers have suggested, substituting tomato sauce (or a mixture of tomato sauce & paste) for the catsup. (The honey should be enough sweetener for us.) Thanks so much for posting this!
    I had to try this recipe because of all the great reviews. It was simple & delicious, perfect for flavorful no work meal. The only changes I made to the recipes was I used tomato sauce in place of ketchup. I also added garlic powder & onion powder to the sauce. Wonderful....


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