Everything You'll Need For Smoked Chicken, With Videos, Rub Recipes and More!
What is Smoked Chicken?
Smoking is a form of cooking that involves flavoring and cooking meat, or in this case chicken, by exposing it to the smoke that comes from burning wood. Smoked chicken involves confining the chicken into a "smoker" that catches the smoke as it rises and traps it around the chicken. The most common form of smoking used for chicken is called "cold smoking" which is simply a short-term smoking that adds flavor to chicken that will be cooked further with another method. If you're still confused, see what we mean in the smoked chicken instructional video below, or enjoy some of these smoked chicken recipes.
The smoky taste of this chicken is well worth the extra effort.
12 chicken thighs
1 onion, chopped
1 4-oz can diced, mild green chilies
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 12-oz can mild enchilada sauce
1 C. chicken broth
1 head lettuce
2 limes, quartered
18 flour tortillas
mesquite wood chips (included with Smoker)
Smoke chicken thighs for 30 minutes over medium heat using 2 Tbs. of mesquite wood chips, scattered over bottom of smoker. While chicken is cooking, saute onion and green chilies in oil until onion is soft. Add enchilada sauce and broth and bring to boil; reduce heat. Remove chicken from smoker and let cool. Discard wood chips and rinse smoker; fill with 1/2 inch of water. Place rack directly on bottom of pan (omit drip tray) and return smoker to stovetop on lowest setting possible. Separate tortillas; randomly stack on rack and close lid; allow to steam. When chicken is cool enough to handle, pull meat from the thighs; add to sauce mixture and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Shred lettuce. To serve, remove warm tortillas from smoker (they will have an earthy taste). Using a spoon, top tortillas with chicken mixture and garnish with lettuce and a squeeze of lime.
If you're going to smoke a chicken, you need a good rub. Check out the following rub recipes to help you create the best smoked chicken!
The Perfect Rub For Any Meat - This is a rub that you can use on all of your meats to give them some fabulous flavor. It includes a lot of spices and seasonings combined but they come together to give everything a great taste!
Chicken Rub - This rub adds flavor to any BBQ. So quick and easy too.
Dry Rub for Barbecue - You can adjust the proportions of spices in this all-purpose rub or add or subtract a spice, as you wish.
Not sure how and how long to smoke a chicken? Here's a video demonstration.This is replaced by the Flash content.
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