Habanero Butter Chicken Recipe

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I living in Az for a couple of years gave me a love for Southwestern food, so I try to mix up every dish with a lil spice. For the people that prefer chicken over turkey this is a great way to spice up your thanksgiving

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Servings: 6


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  • 6 Chicken breast
  • habaneros 3 or 4
  • 1/2 to whole onion chopped
  • Butter 1 1/2 stick
  • brown sugar Tbspn
  • honey 2 Tbspn
  • garlic 2 to 3 cloves minced
  • basil dried or fresh
  • Roma Tomato 3 or 4 Sliced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • yellow rice


  1. 1.In a sautee pan melt down the butter. Cut habaneros in half and put in butter with your chopped onions. Keep butter on a very slight simmer but not too much or it will burn or turn brown. Keep this going for about 10 - 15 minutes. Take the peppers out of the butter and throw away.
  2. 2. Pour butter and onions over chicken (save a little for your rice). Very litely drizzle honey and then sprinkle a little brown sugar over your chicken. Sprinkle your garlic and basil over chicken. Put tomato slices on top add you salt and pepper then bake your chicken at 350 for 30-45 minutes untill done. Half way through if you want, spoon some of the butter/sauce out of the of bottom pan over the chicken.
  3. 4. Cook yellow rice with some of the habanero butter, Serve chicken ontop of the spicy rice.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 194g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 461  
Calories from Fat 318 69%
Total Fat 35.84g 45%
Saturated Fat 18.22g 73%
Trans Fat 0.17g  
Cholesterol 150mg 50%
Sodium 252mg 11%
Potassium 370mg 11%
Total Carbs 4.89g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 4.44g 3%
Protein 29.5g 47%
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  • Trinity Greene
    This also goes good with a touch of mango salsa. Delicious flavor. Not too hot but a warm flavor. A bit of chicken boulion in the rice also adds a rich flavour as long as sodium is not an issue.
    • Beth Baity
      Wow, sounds delicious!
      • Daniel Brock
        great stuff
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        • Teena Edwards
          the directions were easy to understand. Absolutely wonderful!
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          • j miller
            I like my chicken a little bit spicy and this is THE recipe I was looking for
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            • sam j
              I tried this with dans mexican cornbread and the two went well together and were both really good dishes
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              • joe bertram
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                • telleapon beal
                  I loved the use of the habanero butter, very nice
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                  • tim allen
                    this was very good, I also liked it cold the next day
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                    • jay bleu
                      I liked it with the mango salsa this was very good
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                      • chontelle
                        i been wanting to fix this and last night i did and it was really good. my husband and kids liked it a lot and we are having leftovers of it tonight thanks for the recipe
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                        • freddy jackson
                          this reminds me of mexico
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                          • leah
                            yummmmmm love chicken. love habanero.
                            • JBrock
                              I loved this, very nice not too spicy
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                              • stuart b
                                Very good!
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                                • DAvona
                                  Looks good... I love my food a little spicier... so this might just be a fantastic idea for my next chicken dinner...
                                  • m baity
                                    This was good chicken and spicy
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                                    • rainy howarth
                                      I can not wait to try this. Sounds pretty simple but delicious
                                      • john Jones
                                        BEST ONE SO FAR!
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                                        • chris j
                                          looks good
                                          • jeff smith
                                            This sounds awesome, dan you have come a long way
                                            • Jen Langes
                                              • megan
                                                • dave farveman
                                                  very good
                                                  • s roberts
                                                    Going to cook this tonight
                                                    • Jim tillman
                                                      way to go dan sounds good
                                                      • pat powers
                                                        sounds spicy!
                                                        • kim pattel
                                                          This was very juicy with alot of flavor and not too spicy A+++
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                                                          • Kelly L
                                                            I am gonna try this out :) Thanks!
                                                            • Henry Earle
                                                              Looks awesome man and I'm always looking for something new to try
                                                              • kay h
                                                                very good and spicy
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                                                                • amber
                                                                  As always - a great recipe!
                                                                  • Samantha Brock
                                                                    This sounds like a great recipe! I can't wait to try it!
                                                                    • Jan Neisler
                                                                      Sounds good especially with the yellow rice and cornbread. Great job Daniel!
                                                                      • Jared Bostrom
                                                                        Delicious kick!
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                                                                        • tim sneed
                                                                          love it!
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                                                                          • ryan kukulka
                                                                            ALWAYS MY FAVORITE DAN
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                                                                            • gerry manganero
                                                                              Sounds great cant wait to try this
                                                                              • sara kerman
                                                                                Sounds like a great recipe and simple to make
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                                                                                • Mary Combis
                                                                                  Can't wait to try this spicy recipe!
                                                                                  • Heather Ward
                                                                                    I love anything cooked with habaneros. This sounds like a great recipe!
                                                                                    • George McCane
                                                                                      This is a great recipe! I cooked it last night at a friend's recommendation! Loved it!
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                                                                                      • Becca Baity
                                                                                        My mom made this last night. I LOVED it!!!
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                                                                                        • APRIL VALENTINE
                                                                                          Thanks for the great recipe - I was looking for a way to spice up chicken without too many ingredients - your receipe keeps it simple and tastes amazing - I look forward to trying more of your creations!
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                                                                                          • JOHN ROBINSON
                                                                                            Thanks for a break from the grill. My wife tried this recipe and our whole family loved it. Great job man!
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                                                                                            • AUSTIN FULFORD
                                                                                              Mom made it, a little spicy but I really liked it because she made rice with it and it tasted really good together. Cool recipe for sure.
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                                                                                              • CHRIS HAYSLIP
                                                                                                I love chicken and everyone knows that so when we had it this way and it was spicy I was loving it - thanks for mixing it up bro!
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                                                                                                • Agnes Reeney
                                                                                                  (and I even gave little bites to my cats, Bootsie & Prissy who loved it, too!)
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                                                                                                  • Jay Teeter
                                                                                                    Thanks, man, good stuff!
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                                                                                                    • Dana Craig
                                                                                                      I waited all week to make this for Saturday football and when I went to make it yesterday my chicken had gone bad, so I had to use porkchops instead and it was soooo good! We even had leftover porkchops for breakfast.
                                                                                                      I can't wait to make it again, but with chicken!!
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                                                                                                      • phil lewis
                                                                                                        sounds good
                                                                                                        • Jessie J
                                                                                                          mmmmmmmmm sounds good!!! i can't wait to try this!
                                                                                                          • Kay Bush
                                                                                                            I like the suggestion about mango salsa, so I used it when cooking this recipe and it was as great as I expected it to be!!
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                                                                                                            • CJ
                                                                                                              good stuff
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                                                                                                              • Jenny Langley
                                                                                                                I don't really like rice, so I used this recipe minus the rice and served it with salsa in soft tortilla shells... it was SO good!
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                                                                                                                • KeeKee
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                                                                                                                  • Amos
                                                                                                                    this is good with salmon too
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                                                                                                                    • Suzie Long
                                                                                                                      Love it!
                                                                                                                      Thanks so much. You probably saved my marriage!
                                                                                                                      • John Spottiswood
                                                                                                                        I made this for our Thanksgiving recipe competition. It was delicious. Definitely spicy, but the flavor doesn't burn or linger...but melts away. A very nice dish!
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                                                                                                                        • Linda Tay Esposito
                                                                                                                          Hi Daniel, I enjoyed the habanero chicken....I like the poached in butter method which left the chicken breast extremely moist and juicy. The flavors were very subtle (a good thing) despite its name.
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                                                                                                                          • Phyllis Munro
                                                                                                                            I made this recipe tonight for dinner...wow DELICIOUS! I love spicy food, so I decided to add 6 habaneros. I would suggest sticking to just 3 or 4...wow was it spicy. I loved the flavor though. Loved all of the onions, garlic spices and tomatoes on top.
                                                                                                                            I will be making this again! Thank you for this simple but very flavorful dish!
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                                                                                                                            • Malli
                                                                                                                              You've taken a wonderfully flavored recipe to a whole new level with Habanero!! SPICY:)
                                                                                                                              • shawna
                                                                                                                                This was absolutely delicious. I made it with a homemade mango salsa to serve over it. My husband still can't stop talking about it. He thinks the habanero butter should be put on everything...even popcorn!
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                                                                                                                                • Terry
                                                                                                                                  Amazing......made with chicken thighs as that is our preference over chicken breasts. Very easy to make; the addition of brown sugar adds a note of sweetness that is not overpowering but adds a nice note to contrast the heat of the habanero.
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                                                                                                                                  • Candice McIntosh
                                                                                                                                    This is absolutely fabulous. The flavors are incredible and has become my go to amazing meal for the last three years. I LOVE it!
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