Sweet and Spicy Chicken Thighs

*Sweet and Spicy Chicken Thighs*
Serves 4 - 6

I used to make a quick and easy chicken dish back home using dry Italian Salad Dressing mix, which we can't get over here, and so I made up my own combination with delicious results.

3-4 pounds bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coarse black pepper
healthy pinch crushed red pepper flakes
100g soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup packed)
2 TBS softened butter

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Have ready a baking dish large enough to hold all your chicken pieces.

Mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, salt and black pepper.  Rub this mixture into the brown sugar.  Place the chicken pieces, skin side up into the baking dish. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture evenly over top. Dot with butter.

Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until the skin is nicely crisped and the juices run clear.  Serve hot with your favourite side dishes.  We like rice and a green vegetable with this.
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