Seared Honey Chicken Thighs with Red Onion and Fettucine Skillet Meal

This dish builds flavor with every ingredient added to the dish; the sauce sears onto the chicken, the onions add sweetness, and the vegetables and starches build the meal to its finished perfection.

I sometimes like making this recipe with green beans and potatoes, which keeps it a little lighter and makes for good leftovers the next day, too. I’ve included instructions below for swapping out the spinach and fettucine for green beans and potatoes.

Seared Honey Chicken Thighs with Red Onion and Fettucine Skillet Meal


Dry Goods

vegetable oil1 tablespoon
tomato paste1 tablespoon
honey3 tablespoon
apple cider vinegar1/2 tablespoon
fettuccine pasta8 ounces
chicken broth1 cup


skin-on chicken thigh (boneless or bone-in)2 pounds


butter1 tablespoon, melted


red onion1 small, sliced
baby spinach2 cups

Extra Items

water1 cup


Skin-on chicken thighs are basted in a honey-based sauce and hard seared. Then, add the red onion and fettuccine, some liquid, and a tight-fitting lid. The steam from the cooking chicken and onion will cook the fettuccine right inside the same pan, saving you from an extra trip to the dishwasher and infusing the pasta with a ton of flavor. 

  1. Heat the oil in a wide-bottomed pan over medium-low heat until shimmering. 
  2. While the oil is heating, mix the butter, tomato paste, honey, and apple cider vinegar in a large bowl. 
  3. Lightly season the chicken all over with salt, then toss in the bowl to coat with the tomato paste mixture.
  4. Place the chicken, skin side down, on the hot pan, and sear the chicken on either side until lightly browned, turning after 1-2 minutes. 
  5. Add the spinach and red onion, and toss each with the chicken to lightly wilt the spinach.
  6. Add the uncooked fettuccine and pour the chicken broth and water evenly over the top.
  7. Add the lid and let cook 3-5 minutes, then remove the lid and toss the contents of the pan with tongs evenly. Add the lid again and cook a further 3-4 minutes, until the fettuccine is cooked through.  

Prep Plan

Prep it for later:
1. Prep the chicken through Steps 1-4 in the “Make it From Fresh” instructions, browning the chicken and cooking all the way through.
2. Let the chicken cool to the touch
3. Slice the onions and store in a bag with the fresh spinach
Freeze prepped ingredients for up to 3 months, or store in the fridge for 3-5 days.

You’ll need:
1 bag prepped, browned chicken
1 bag sliced onions and fresh baby spinach
1 package dried fettuccine
1 cup prepared broth, either from concentrate, homemade, or boxed

Prepare from prepped:
1. If needed, thaw the chicken overnight in the fridge.
2. Heat vegetable oil in large saute pan over medium heat.
3. Add the chicken, spinach, and red onion to the pan, tossing over the heat to lightly wilt the spinach
4. Add the fettuccine, broth, and water to the pan and cover.
5. Cook 3-5 minutes, then remove the lid and toss the contents.
6. Replace the lid and cook a further 3-5 minutes, until the fettuccine is cooked through.

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