Chicken Diablo

Um, excuse me but, who is this. . .Diablo?

Does he have a mustache? Does he ride a motorbike? Does he have pointy little horns sticking out of his head and a long spiky tail snaking out of his expensive Spanish linen pants?

Did you know that “diablo” means DEMON? I found this out today. On the information super highway.

So I really just made CHICKEN DEMON.

I would like a word with Mr. Diablo about this.

I need to ask him how he came up with combining pepper sauce with sour cream, ketchup and honey. I need to find out how he thought of seasoning it with paprika and cumin. I need to know why there was no addition of, say herbs or, or. . . citrus.

And I need to find out if he presses his shirts. What? HIS NAME IS DIABLO.

You guys, I won’t lie. The first bite was weird. My face crinkled up and I thought, “ooooh….do what now?” It’s got an interesting sourish spicy kick that will sucker-punch your tongue. But then I kept going. And I swirled my sauce in with the rice. And then I ate another bite of chicken. And then another with the sauce. And before I knew it, I HAD FALLEN HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE.

Diablo did it! It’s amazing! I’ll never be the same!

OH – I wonder if he’s single.

FOR YOU, good grief. (and me?)

Chicken Diablo:

(adapted from Recipe Finder)

p.s. Please ignore the blur in this photo. MOVEMENT IS HARD.



Demons have never tasted so good.

What it took for 4:

* 1/2 cup Frank’s hot pepper sauce
* 1 cup sour cream
* 1/2 cup ketchup
* 1/4 cup honey
* 1 tsp sweet paprika
* 1 tsp ground cumin
* 4 chicken breasts, pounded out thinly
* 2 Tbs. canola oil
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 cup sliced scallions
* 2 cups cooked white jasmine rice

In a bowl, combine the pepper sauce, sour cream, ketchup and honey. Whisk it up all good. Add the paprika and cumin; give it another whisk.

Pour half the mixture over the chicken breasts in a shallow dish. Cover and reserve the rest.

Cover and marinate chicken in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add the garlic and bloom 30 seconds. Add the chicken breasts and cook until nicely browned on both sides and cooked through, 10-15 minutes.

Heat the remaining marinade in a small saucepan until lightly simmering.

Serve chicken over rice. Spoon some of the sauce over the chicken and garnish with scallions.

Really, try this!

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46 Responses to Chicken Diablo

  1. Kathryn December 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm #
    Of course Mr Diablo has a moustache! How could he not?! Love this chicken, excellent combination of flavours.
  2. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray December 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm #
    This looks seriously good, Bev!
  3. Katie December 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm #
    The lighting in these photographs is enviable! Gorgeous! And who doesn't love Franks hot sauce?
  4. Em (Wine and Butter) December 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm #
    I think I would love this!!! I love creamy bitey sauces (sounds weird but you know what I mean!). I bet this is something that would totally work in the slow cooker (my new OBSESSION) - Im going to think of a way...
  5. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau December 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm #
    Yum! The sauce looks really good - I'm thinking this might be some good stuff to have around for other dippables, too.
  6. Erin December 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm #
    This looks very yummy and with the HOT SAUCE...lets just say, there will be no complaints from the hubbin! Yum-to-tha-YUMMY!!!
  7. Julie @ Table for Two December 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm #
    creamy & spicy...mmmmm!
  8. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm #
    I would love to know how people get CLEAR pictures when pouring things. I've tried, gotten flour, syrup and all other food particles all over my camera and still end up with crap "movement" photos. Help! As for the chicken...give me.
    • Esther Fox December 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm #
      @Gina - faster shutter speed and slightly wider aperture! If you're kitchen is well lit, you should be fine. Otherwise I have a day-lit CFL lamp I drag into the kitchen with me to make "the sun." It can be done without a harsh flash! As for the chicken, oh em gee. That's going on my meal list for next week. Oh yes.
  9. Esther Fox December 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm #
    Holy repeated comment batman! That chicken sounds amazing! Definitely making that for dinner next week.
  10. Deborah December 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm #
    I'm all about demons when they look like this!!
  11. Kayla @ Sheriff of the Kitchen December 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm #
    Such a cute post! When my dog was a puppy he chewed through everything so we named him Dakota Diablo. I like that the marinade serves as the sauce as well, its not a reduction though right? You just warmed it?
    • Bev Weidner December 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm #
      Correct! It's just warmed. Just reduced. It's. so. good.
      • Bev Weidner December 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm #
        I mean NOT reduced. Just warmed! Good heavens.
  12. Lisa [With Style and Grace] December 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm #
    my goodness, you are hilarious. i had no idea what diablo was until now, so thank you for the little education piece ;)
  13. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen December 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm #
    Anything with Frank's and I'm in!
  14. carly {carlyklock} December 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm #
    i always thought it meant devil. same difference, i guess. i just know when that man is around, my mouth is going to get kicked. HARD.
  15. Jeanette December 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm #
    What a nice twist on chicken diablo - I think my kids would really enjoy this!
  16. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm #
    I could probably just have the sauce. Like on veggies, tofu, with a spoon...seriously that's my PERFECT type of sauce. YUM!!!! Hope you're having fun on your trip! :)
  17. Linda December 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm #
    I love the look of this and my husband and I like spicy food but is 1/2 cup of hot sauce correct? = o I don't want my mouth to be on fire!
    • Bev Weidner December 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm #
      Hey, Linda! 1/2 cup is right! Can you believe it? But I promise that with everything else, it's really not overpowering. It's great!
  18. Karriann Graf December 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm #
    Looks yummy Bev! ;)
  19. Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen December 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm #
    I love the herbs, the sauce, the marinate and the fresh green toppings! this is just splendid!
  20. Cassie December 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm #
    I love this already. Mention Frank's and I'm there.
  21. Anna R. December 3, 2011 at 2:02 am #
    Frank's hot pepper sauce? Never heard of it. Hate recipes like this.
  22. DessertForTwo December 3, 2011 at 2:08 am #
    What a unique sauce idea! I think I'll try it!
  23. kelley December 3, 2011 at 2:24 am #
    My husband wanted to name our first born Diablo. No lie. It's one of our favorite runs that we ski. My response? No, you can't name our son the devil. Period. Oh, this chicken looks awesome.
  24. Lauren December 3, 2011 at 5:35 am #
    This sounds so yummy!! Wrap it up and fedex it to Oregon! I'll be waiting by the mailbox.
  25. Debs @ DKC December 3, 2011 at 8:56 am #
    Looks yummy and great photos. PS. Diablo means "Devil"!
  26. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen December 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm #
    This sounds delicious! I love simple chicken dishes, and that sauce sounds absolutely amazing!
  27. Deena@StayatHomeFOODIE December 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm #
    I love chicken diablo... I never realized it had all of that other stuff in it. Looks amazing!
  28. Robert L Davis December 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm #
    Mr. Diablo had a mustache last month when he was helping raise awareness and money for prostate and other forms of cancer that men get (Movember). Because he's a devil with a heart. This month, he's clean shaven and his face is as smooth teflon with a light dusting of talcum. Mr. Diablo likes to change things up and keep it fresh. That's just how he rolls. Also, Mr. Diablo recommends trying anything with Frank's hot sauce in it.
  29. Kathleen Richardson December 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm #
    You had me with cumin!
  30. Laurie {Simply Scratch} December 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm #
    Franks + my mouth = party {that sounds dirty doesn't it?} Oh well, LOVE THE RECIPE BEV!!
  31. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm #
    I will forgive the blurry picture, but only because this looks SO delicious! haha. Seriously though, wow! I have to make this!
  32. Jaida December 5, 2011 at 10:22 pm #
    This looks amazing, I can't wait to try it!! I love me some Frank's Red Hot Sauce!
  33. Esther Fox December 8, 2011 at 1:53 am #
    Hi Bev! I made this for dinner tonight, and I featured it on my blog! Thanks for an awesome dish!
  34. Kels January 31, 2012 at 1:03 am #
    Yum! I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it is soooooo delicious! The heat is perfect when you use Frank's Original. I will be making this many moons over! Thank you so much for this recipe!
  35. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen February 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm #
    I just had to tell you that I saved this recipe after you posted it, and finally just got around to making it. I literally just put my dish down to come here and tell you how amazing it was! This is my new favorite dinner!
  36. karen March 10, 2015 at 3:23 pm #
    Im sorry but I did not like this sauce at all.


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