Sheet Pan Hot Honey Chicken

Hot and spicy chicken! So crispy and delicious! Drizzle hot honey on top for an extra kick of spice along with some sweetness! This chicken is sooo good! Serve with potatoes if desired, and plenty of napkins!

If you aren’t a hot-and-spicy fan, feel free to use just 1-2 tsp (or less!) of Cayenne pepper, and/or serve with plain (not spicy) honey!

I included potatoes with my chicken for a nice side dish. The potatoes get just a little spice from the chicken, but they bake in butter and schmaltz. So tasty!

Special Equipment needed:

  • gallon size zippered plastic bag (or dredge each in the spice mix)
  • Half-sheet pan
  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total Time: 55 min
  • Yield: 8 chicken thighs 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 3.54 lb, or 1.61.8 kg)
  • 1/4 c (30g) AP Flour or Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Chile Powder (Chipotle, Aleppo, or any other)
  • 1 T Smoked Paprika
  • 13 tsp Cayenne Pepper, to taste (See Note 1)
  • 1 T Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly-ground Black Pepper
  • 3 T Butter, melted

For the Honey:

  • 1/4 c (4 T, 60 ml) Honey
  • 2 tsp Hot sauce (Such as Frank’s, Cholula, Sriracha, or Tabasco)

(Optional) Potatoes:

  • 11.5 lb baby Potatoes, any color

(Optional) Serve with:

  • Sweet Pickles
  • Cole Slaw
  • White bread or rolls


Preheat the Oven:

  1. Heat oven to 425F (Conventional Oven) or 400F (Convection/Fan).
  2. Cut potatoes in half, if using.

Dredge the Chicken:

  1. Into a large plastic bag, place the flour (or baking powder), spices, brown sugar, and salt and black pepper. Shake well.
  2. Place all chicken pieces into the bag. Shake until all pieces are coated with the flour and spice mixture.
  3. Pour butter over the sheetpan. Place chicken thighs, skin-side DOWN on the sheet pan. If making potatoes, place the halve, cut-side down, interspersed between the chicken thighs.
  4. Place pan in the oven, and roast chicken 40-45 minutes, turning after 20 minutes. I checked the potatoes and left them cut-side down to crisp.
  5. Test chicken with a thermometer – it should be 165F degrees. 

Make the Hot Honey:

  1. Into a bowl, place the honey and hot sauce. Microwave 30 seconds. Stir.
  2. Drizzle over roasted spicy chicken.


1. If you don’t like mega-spicy food, use just 1 tsp of Cayenne. I used the full 3 tsp, and for me, it was pleasingly spicy. The hot honey actually calmed the spice of the chicken a bit. 


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