My husband is Mexican, and he loves spicy chicken from the supermarket. I was trying to recreate one of the spicy packaged chicken dishes at home, and that's what i came up with. Chicken thighs are softer and juicier. It is very spicy and tangy, easy to make, and he loves it!

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a small baking dish.

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  • Mix the hot sauce, paprika, ground cayenne pepper, and brown sugar in a bowl, and stir until the mixture is well combined. Place the chicken thighs in the baking dish, and coat them with a layer of sauce. Cover the dish with foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil, and bake until the chicken has cooked through, and the sauce has thickened and started to brown, about 20 more minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

427 calories; 24.7 g total fat; 142 mg cholesterol; 1610 mg sodium. 11.1 g carbohydrates; 39.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2010
We were wanting some spicy chicken...this was really good did not change the recipe but did not "measure" ingredients! The dish was still juicy & delicious! I paired it with poblanos & mexican rice...mmmmm! =-) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2013
1. The sauce will never thicken. Chicken thighs have a lot of fat and fat drippings do not thicken when cooked. 2.Sauce was good right amount of spice. 3.Bone in chicken thighs cook longer than 40 minutes at 400 degrees. Besides who actually eats 1 chicken thigh for dinner? Our chicken was still red and bleeding near the bone. Cook for an hour at 400. Also the skin was soggy and a little slimy which is another reason to cook them longer. Read More
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109 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 62
  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2010
We were wanting some spicy chicken...this was really good did not change the recipe but did not "measure" ingredients! The dish was still juicy & delicious! I paired it with poblanos & mexican rice...mmmmm! =-) Read More
(52)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2010
We were wanting some spicy chicken...this was really good did not change the recipe but did not "measure" ingredients! The dish was still juicy & delicious! I paired it with poblanos & mexican rice...mmmmm! =-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2010
This recipe was easy low calorie and delicious! I did adjust the heat level by using just 1/2 tbsp of cayenne and I only had Frank's hot sauce on hand but that worked out fine as well. I will be making this spicy chicken again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2011
I made this last night using habenero sauce for my hot sauce. This is a super hot sauce and I used the same amount as recommended for twice as much chicken. It was still too much! I will use the leftovers for tacos and cut the spice with cheese etc. It came out very moist and the texture was great but it was too hot - and we love hot food! Pay better attention than I did to the type of hot sauce you use. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2010
Absolutely delicious!!! I made some minor changes based on others advice. I doubled the brown sugar and only used 1/2 Tbls of the cayenne. For added tang and zip I splashed in about a Tbls of apple cider vinegar not sure if it changed it much but it had a nice tang to it. I used boneless chicken thighs and then shredded it for soft tacos it was so tender. My teenage son loved it and said it could even be spicier so next time I may just go for the whole Tbls! Great recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2010
A good authentic mexican taco sauce is key to this delicious chicken. I used Rosarita- salsa taquera which is as authentic as you can get from the store (in my opinion) Now the salsa you want to use is not the same kind you use to dip your chips in. This is more of a taco sauce the kind where you can see all the seeds from the ground up chili peppers. (hope you all know what im talking about;) My salsa was very hot so i reduced the amount of cayenne by more than half and im glad i did. This was very good! I basted frequently and broiled for the last 5 mins or so. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2011
I liked this alot so simple and really good! I had bone in chicken thighs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2011
This was grub! We used the leftover chicken for tacos the next night. My guy suggested using our homemade habanero hot sauce. "No" the reviews said habanero was too much. Thank goodness for reviews. They help you to adapt w/ what you have. So we used a coupla 1/2 bottles of hot sauce plus some some homemade thai pepper hot sauce. We skinned our chicken leg quarters basted them shortly after removing foil cover w/ sauce from bottom of dish (thickening nicely). Our 4 leg quarters were big so we doubled the sauce but only used 2 tablespoons of cayenne for sauce used 4 tablespoons of brown sugar. Next time will use a bit more cayenne and less brown sugar. We steamed some brown rice and there was enough left over to make lunchbox burritos and taco dinner the next day. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/10/2013
1. The sauce will never thicken. Chicken thighs have a lot of fat and fat drippings do not thicken when cooked. 2.Sauce was good right amount of spice. 3.Bone in chicken thighs cook longer than 40 minutes at 400 degrees. Besides who actually eats 1 chicken thigh for dinner? Our chicken was still red and bleeding near the bone. Cook for an hour at 400. Also the skin was soggy and a little slimy which is another reason to cook them longer. Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2010
almost gave this 5 stars if only for the fact that it nearly took my hubby's head clean off -- and he considers himself a hot&spicy heavtweight! will definitely make again but will turn down the heat level (a tad for us alot for "mere mortals"). quick simple and loads of fun. Read More
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