I love Buffalo chicken wings, but wings are getting increasingly expensive. The supermarket had a great sale on chicken thighs and legs so I decided to experiment and make a chili garlic chicken thigh recipe instead.
In addition to substituting thighs for wings, I gave the recipe a bit of a twist by replacing hot sauce with chili garlic sauce and making chili garlic chicken thighs.
The great thing about this recipe is that it’s pretty easy, and you don’t have to fuss with it. You get great flavor without a lot of ingredients, no chopping, and very little mixing.
Using the chili garlic sauce is best (here’s an image so you can see what it looks like), but if you don’t have it I’ve listed substitutions below.
Since the weather has reverted back to March (brrrr), I baked the thighs rather than cooking them on the stove (I wanted an hour of heat!). However, you can, if you prefer, or you are in a hurry, cook this in a pan (see below).
I served it with microwaved broccoli (cooked for two minutes and seasoned with lemon pepper) and fried potato wedges (parboiled, then fried in a pan like home fries).
Chili Garlic Chicken Thigh Substitutions and Variations
- Frying instead of baking: Heat some neutral oil, like canola or vegetable oil and cook the chicken for 10 minutes, skin side down. Turn it skin side up, pour the sauce over the chicken, and then cook for another 10-15 minutes.
Use sriracha. If you do, I would reduce or eliminate the apple cider vinegar, since the sriracha already has vinegar and sugar, and add some minced garlic.
If you don’t have either of those, use hot sauce, the cider vinegar, and garlic.
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Tools and Ingredients for Chili Garlic Chicken Thigh Recipe
I love this stuff. I put it on chicken, add it to hamburgers, or mix some with scrambled eggs. Basically, use it to add extra kick (and a hit of garlic) wherever you’d usually use Tabasco, sriracha, or ketchup.
Huy Fong, Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, 17 Ounce Bottle
If you prefer a bit of sweetness with your heat, use the sriracha instead of the chili garlic sauce. It’s also more spreadable than the garlic sauce (the consistency is closer to thin ketchup, while the garlic sauce is more like salsa).
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