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Nekid Chicken

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by disco, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I love chicken from stewed to grilled. I like it sticky, deep fried, all over the map. However, one of my favourite things to do with chicken is cook a big batch up and eat it cold for lunches and snacks. When I do that, I like my chicken without any sauce and cooked at high heat. This makes it less messy to eat with your fingers. I don't go totally bare though. I do give a rub which gives the chicken a spiciness but keeps the relatively clean skin.

    I started with 8 chicken thighs. I worked my finger under the skin to make a pocket in each thigh.

    I put 15 ml (1 tablespoon) of barbecue rub in a bowl. I used my Basic Barbecue Rub:

    • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) paprika
    • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) brown sugar
    • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) kosher salt
    • 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) cayenne
    I used a small spoon to put a scant 1 ml (1/4 tsp) of rub under the skin. I rubbed the remainder of the rub over the skin.

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    I put the chicken in the fridge overnight. It has to be in for at least six hours. You want the skin to dry and for the rub to set.

    I preheated my smoker to 400 F. I put the thighs in. You'll note that I put them on a rack over a tray. It was really frigid here and when I open my pellet smoker to put food in, it drops a lot of heat and then pumps pellets to get back which gives a fair amount of direct heat. If it was not so cold, I would have just put the chicken on the rack. I cooked for about 25 minutes to an internal temperature of over 180 F. I find this gives a better cold chicken.

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    I let the chicken sit for 5 minutes.

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    I served the hot chicken with baked potatoes, broccoli salad and cole slaw.

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    The Verdict
    This is very good chicken hot with nice skin and flavour. But they were even better the next day for a cold lunch. They go great in a lunch box and don't mess your fingers up much when eating them. The skin stays bite through and the meat is moist and firm.

    Easy and tasty!

    Disco
     
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  2. That looks like an awesome meal. I'm going to try is soon. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks! Easy can be best!
     
  4. Winterrider

    Winterrider Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Looks delicious... And sounds quite easy.
     
  5. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Absotively! In the summer, if I am packing a lunch while golfing, this chicken is a go to. My partner always wants me to bring him some.
     
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  6. SecondHandSmoker

    SecondHandSmoker Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thank you disco.
    I am going to try your method on the gas grill instead of breaking out the EZ Bake.
    Good tip on taking the IT to 180 for serving cold the next day or so.
     
  7. yankee2bbq

    yankee2bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Wow!! Looks good! Great write-up! Thanks for sharing! Will try this one for sure!
     
  8. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks! It goes great on a gas grill.

    Thanks so much!
     
  9. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking chicken Disco, the plating is also very inviting.

    Point for sure
    Chris
     
  10. pushok2018

    pushok2018 Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    That dish with hot chicken, baked potatoes, broccoli salad and cole slaw looks awesome! Like!
     
  11. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Left overs if I had stopped by there would not have been any left overs. Awesome looking meal.

    Warren
     
  12. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Chris! I really appreciate the point!

    Thanks! We did enjoy it!

    Har! If you think I'd let you eat the next days lunch you're wrong! Thanks, Warren.
     
  13. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    ah man are you serious.

    Warren
     
  14. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Never!
     
  15. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    HEHEHE Thanks

    Warren
     
  16. crazymoon

    crazymoon Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    D, You make me jealous with your smokes , nice looking bird !!! like
     
  17. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Seems I've seen some great Q from you, Sir!
     
  18. This is perfect for a weekly meal prep. Thanks for sharing!
     
  19. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Awesome looking chicken, Disco! It’s hard to have leftovers when it looks that good.

    But I do love the leftovers, makes awesome chicken salad!
     
  20. Looks great, Disco! As usual!

    Do you have any whole chicken recipes? I've got 4 brining in my fridge for later this afternoon, and I'd bet you have some tried and true methods.