Chef Andre Rush’s Sweet and Spicy Honey Habanero Chicken

Think of a dish that bursts with flavor, captivates all the senses, and is both perplexing and processional at the same time – Chef Andre Rush’s Honey Habanero Chicken is all that and more! This unique dish is an amalgamation of tangy and savory ingredients, blended together to give a sweet and spicy flavor palette, with an extra kick of heat from the habanero peppers.

It’s a unique recipe that merges cultural influences from the Caribbean and Central America to offer a unique culinary experience that will surprise and delight. It’s like a party in your mouth!

For those who’d like to try their hand at making the dish, here’s how:


• 2 lbs of boneless chicken thighs
• 1 cup of honey
• 1 cup of lime juice
• 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
• 2 tablespoons of minced habanero pepper
• ⅓ cup of extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
• 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
• 2 teaspoons of paprika
• ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon of sea salt
• 2 tablespoons of brown sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the honey, lime juice, garlic powder, habanero pepper, olive oil, oregano, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, sea salt and brown sugar. Blend until all the ingredients are combined.
3. Place the chicken in a 9×13 inch roasting pan and season with salt and pepper.
4. Smother the chicken with the honey habanero sauce, making sure to coat all sides.
5. Place in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through (internal temperature should reach 165°F).
6. Remove from the oven and let rest before serving.

The result? A burst of Caribbean-inspired flavors that tantalize the taste buds and offer a bit of sweet-heat heat in every bite. Serve alongside warmed tortillas and a side of steaming white rice, and you’re set to have an unforgettable meal.

If you’re looking for another way to experiment with the flavors of succulent Caribbean cuisine, this recipe is the perfect starting point. The possibilities are endless – the key to success is finding the right balance between sweet and spicy. Bon appetit!