Cycling V Cooking Chicken Thighs

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs (6 of 8)

We just had a Bank Holiday here in Ireland. For once, the weather was OK for it and I spent more time out on my bike in the Wicklow Mountains than I did slaving over a hot stove for your entertainment. However, that doesn’t mean I have nothing to show you. The truncated cooking schedule merely means that I had to get a bit more creative and prepare something that is really tasty but takes less time than it takes to descend from Glencreee to Enniskerry (that might mean something to a cyclist). So, here’s my take on Honey Soy Glazed Chicken Thighs. After a weekend of cycling, my own thighs are now too sore to mention.

This recipe is really easy to prepare. Most of the work is done when the dish is marinading in the fridge, giving you plenty of time to get the bike out and climb a couple of thousand metres or so.

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs (1 of 8)

Ingredients (for two hungry people)

  • 6 free range, skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 green chillis
  • 5cm (2″) piece of ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 6 spring onions
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass
  • Half a teaspoon of white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil

Trim any excess fat from the thighs. Cut three deep slashes across each thigh. This is to let the marinade permeate the meat and allow quicker cooking.

Spring Onions being chopped.

This picture is not necessary as the next picture shows all the choppables chopped.

Peel and chop up every thing else, except the stuff that can’t be peeled and chopped.

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs (3 of 8)

Ginger, Garlic, Spring Onions, Lemongrass, Chilli, all chopped.

Place the chicken thighs in a roasting dish and add all the remaining ingredients. Give them a good mixing to cover all the chicken with the other ingredients.

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs (4 of 8)

As with so many of my recipes, it’s hardly a recipe at all.

When the chicken is well coated all over, cover the dish with cling film and pop it into the fridge. You now have time enough to go for a 100k cycle up the mountains. If you are living in south Dublin or north Wicklow, that will allow a trip to Larragh and up the Wicklow Gap. If you are feeling strong, add in Turlough Hill before coming back home.

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs

There was a lot of moving time for me while these just took on flavour. It seems unfair.

For the couch potatoes amongst you, leave the chicken in the fridge for 5 to 6 hours. Heat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF and cook the chicken uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes, turning a couple of times during the process. I used the 40 minutes to lie in an Epsom Salts bath. Very restorative.

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs

I served mine with some quickly steamed bok choi. Delicious.

Serve the chicken with some appropriate vegetables and rice, taking the trouble to spoon over some of the delicious marinade that will have thickened during the cooking. The marinade adds a lovely extra dimension to the chicken. Don’t stint on it.

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs (8 of 8)

If you have done the cycling, you don’t need to worry about the calories.

Even if you haven’t taken the bike out of the shed, this is a fantastic way to enjoy some chicken. I use the thighs for this as they stand up well to the marinade. In fact, they stand up better than I do after all that cycling. Enjoy.


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  • We’re off on our travels in the caravan at the end of the week, so I might fling a stem of lemongrass and the sherry bottle into the caravan larder so I can make this. Get it marinating first thing so it’s ready to fling in the oven when we get back from the day’s adventures. Thank, Conor!

      • I still have a big dose of that when I get back, but meanwhile, gastronomy beckons! And the sun is out, and the sea is turquoise and I smell bacon!

  • It looks like you had good food and a decent cycle!

      • I hope you have a great time!

  • I admit I haven’t had my coffee yet, just one little sip. When I saw the title of your post on my email notification, I said to myself – this will be interesting. Cycling. It might indicate he does the sous vide at two different temperatures and “cycles” through them – a bit of a pain to have to pay attention to that for hours, but… if he is doing it, I bet it will be worth it…

    (I said I was not caffeinated yet).

  • I thought cyclists need high carb food, rather than this high protein low carb proposition. It does look very tasty, and very appropriate to marinate the chicken thighs while you are marinating your own thighs in lactic acid. Glad you are using thighs for this, more flavorful and juicy than breast.

  • Love it. However you didn’t include the most vital ingredient in your Ingredients list….Epsom Salts.

  • As both activities involve thick, meaty thighs — count me in! 😉 Admittedly, some injuries have sidelined me from the bicycle, but not the kitchen. I’ll have to cycle vicariously for the time being, so I appreciate reading about your 2-wheeled adventures.

  • Would have loved that dish after our cycle yesterday Conor , I was only fit to sleep , well done you 😀

  • I told you a long time ago that tho’ I had cooked Asian food most if my life you so often managed to put a different spin on it 🙂 ! Now it seems to most of your readers this may be a new(ish) recipe: but ’tis practically a weekly dish for me and has been all my life in its dozens of variants BUT tho’ we use all the same ingredients I always cut my thighs into longish pieces and use the stir-fry method. rather than have male Irish logic behind me to bake ! Thank you for the lesson which will surely be followed ! Cycling – no time for most of the Giro but cannot wait for the Tour . . . and your passage comes in between, does it not . . .

  • This is reminding me, we need to get our bikes out and hit the bike paths. We seem to be on a similar flavour path this week. Love your version.

  • No bike but I can see no reason why this can’t be a dinner real soon. Have pinned as my husband loves chicken thighs most any way they are prepare and this will probably among the top.

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