Basic Chili-Lime Chicken Thighs With Bacon

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by xutfuzzy, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. xutfuzzy

    xutfuzzy Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    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!


    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
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  2. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      Lice chicken tacos. Love the salsa with avacodo!

  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks Great!  Love the salsa recipe, I'm copying and pastin' that right now.  Thanks for sharing!  [​IMG]

  4. djom1cincy

    djom1cincy Fire Starter

    That looks great and I'm going to give this a try. One question. Why use chicken thigh? Will breast work?
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking tacos!
  6. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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

    Excellent job!
  7. xutfuzzy

    xutfuzzy Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    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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