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Basic Chili-Lime Chicken Thighs With Bacon

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Nothing too terribly exciting here, but I thought I would share.  The other day the wife and I wanted tacos, so I picked up some chicken thighs on the way home.  Here's what I did:

 

 

(1) Bone the chicken thighs, rub with 50/50 blend of chili powder and lime juice powder.  Throw in some salt for good measure.

(2) Dress with homemade bacon (bacon was seasoned/cured with Jeff's Rib Rub)

 

 

(3) While birds are smoking at 275 with apple pellets, make a salsa.  My wife's favorite is a roasted tomato and avocado salsa.

 

1½ cups chopped tomatoes (I used one 15 oz can of roasted diced tomatoes)

1 large avocado, diced

5 green onions, white part only, diced

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 T jalapeno, diced

1 T lime juice, divided

Salt & pepper to taste

 

 

(4) Take birds out at 165 IT.

 

 

(5) Crisp up the bacon.

 

 

(6) Cut up chicken (skin optional) and serve with whatever else you like on your tacos!

 

 

Details:

Smoker: MES 40 with AMNPS

Wood: Apple (it's what I had laying around, time to reorder soon)

Smoking Temperature: 275

Pulled at: 165 Internal temperature

Duration: A little over an hour, maybe 1 h 15 min

Would I do it again: Heck yes

post #2 of 8

  Lice chicken tacos. Love the salsa with avacodo!

 

   Mike

post #3 of 8

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happy smoken.

david

post #4 of 8

Looks Great!  Love the salsa recipe, I'm copying and pastin' that right now.  Thanks for sharing!  points.gif

 

Red

post #5 of 8
That looks great and I'm going to give this a try. One question. Why use chicken thigh? Will breast work?
post #6 of 8

Nice looking tacos!

post #7 of 8

Great looking salsa recipe, and I love the idea of smoking the thighs with bacon on top to baste them.

 

Excellent job!

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Originally Posted by djom1cincy View Post

That looks great and I'm going to give this a try. One question. Why use chicken thigh? Will breast work?


Sorry to get back so late...I chose thighs primarily on taste and texture.  Years and years of my wife dieting on nothing but chicken breast has really turned me off to that cut of meat.  I do know that breast dries out much quicker than thighs, so you have to be careful.  Use the search tool to find the best ways of dealing with chicken breast.

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