Spicy Plum Chicken Thighs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 4
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2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 small onion, coarsely chopped

4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, coarsely chopped

1 Thai chile, coarsely chopped

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 1/2 pounds red or purple plums, pitted and coarsely chopped

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

8 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in

Plum Sauce

Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Plum Sauce: Use side burner or grill. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add ginger, chile pepper, cinnamon and cloves and cook for 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and cook until plums are soft and mixture has thickened. Place mixture in a food processor and mix until smooth. Let cool.
  2. Preheat grill. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Grill, on 1 side for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Turn the chicken over, brush with the sauce and continue grilling for 3 to 4 minutes, turn over and brush with sauce. Continue grilling and brushing with the sauce until the chicken is cooked through, approximately 12 to 15 minutes.