Rusty Chicken Thighs – What’s in a Name?

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When I first came up, dishes had cool names, but that eventually went out of fashion, and chefs just started listing all the ingredients on the menu instead. That’s all well and good, but the problem for recipes like this “Rusty Chicken,” is that if I called it “Grilled Chicken Thighs marinated with Garlic, Soy, Maple Syrup, Chilies and Rice Vinegar,” you’d be thinking about all those parts and not the sum (of the yum?).



2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 or 2 cloves garlic sliced
2 tsp to 2 tbsp hot chili sauce or paste, or to taste
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste
*Of course you should taste and adjust this marinade before pouring over the chicken!

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