She Who Must Be Obeyed buys boneless, skinless chicken thighs. The bad part is bone and skin equal flavour. The good part is she is trying to keep me healthy which means she still wants me around after 40 years.
So, it was my job to cook them. I surfed the web for inspiration and found a recipe for Honey Spiced Glazed Chicken by a blogger, Nutmeg Nanny. Her version is done in the broiler but I thought the flavours and glazing would be perfect with the combination of direct and ambient heat in the mini. So, I set to adjusting her recipe and techniques to the mini.
I started off with just under a pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs.
I mixed together:
8 ml (1 1/2 teaspoon) paprika
8 ml (1 1/2 teaspoon) garlic powder
3 ml (3/4 teaspoon) kosher salt
3 ml (3/4 teaspoon) fresh ground pepper
2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) chili powder
I used the mixture as a rub and did both sides of the thighs.
I put some apple chunks under 1/2 burnt coals from a previous cook. I have been doing this for all my smokes in the mini. I find it cuts back on the heavy smoke at the beginning of a cook. Then I put 3/4 of a chimney of lit coals on top of them and let the mini get up to between 375 and 400 F. Make sure you don't use any kind of heat deflector. You want the direct radiant heat from the coals.
While the mini was getting up to temperature, I mixed together:
75 ml (1/3 cup) honey
25 ml (1 1/2 tablespoon) cider vinegar
3 ml (3/4 teaspoon) Sriracha Sauce
I put the thighs on the mini and slathered both sides in sauce.
After 8 minutes, I slathered both sides of the chicken and turned it.
I did this two more times so the chicken had been in the mini for 24 minutes.
I gave it one more slathering and turning and left it in the mini for 10 more minutes.
Made sure the internal temperature was over 165 F and pulled it off the mini. I covered it with foil and let it sit 10 minutes.
We served it with rice and the MIssus' excellent creamy coleslaw.
These were terrific! No crispy skin but a nice sticky coating that had some smooth heat from the Sriracha, tart from the vinegar and sweet from the honey. I won't even whine anymore when She Who Must Be Obeyed brings home boneless, skinless thighs!