Who doesn’t love a smoke flavored juicy bird packed with sizzling flavors with a melt in your mouth feel? It would be foolish to not love it. When you smoke a chicken, you get a much different texture and flavor than when you roast it. One thinks of too much work when you think about a recipe with smoke flavoring and grill, but not this time. Here’s a delectable recipe you can try at your home to treat yourself!
- 2 lb Chicken breasts
- Olive oil
For the Spice Rub
- 2 tablespoons of paprika
- 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of Black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
For the Citrus Glaze
- 1/2 cup of Orange juice
- Fresh Orange zest
- Lime juice
- 1 tablespoon of Honey
- 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
Here’s what you need to do
Take a small bowl and mix all the dry spices in it. It’s a classic rub but don’t let the simplicity fool you because this is what makes this dish so scrumptious and perfectly seasoned. You can also adjust this spice rub as per your convenience and taste.
Cover the boneless and skinless chicken breasts with plastic and then pound them to make them tender and also so that they cook evenly on the grill.
Now brush the chicken breasts with a bit of olive oil and coat the chicken with the spice rub generously. Once the rub is applied, let the chicken sit for a couple of hours so that it absorbs the flavors decently.
In the meantime, you can prepare the glaze. Take 2 fresh oranges and shave some of its skin for the zest. Now cut the oranges in half and juice them so that you get up to ½ a cup of fresh orange juice. You can also use packaged orange juice for the same. Now in a bowl, take about 1 tablespoon of honey, fresh orange juice, lime juice, a bit of the zest, Worcestershire sauce, and melted butter and mix them all together to get a smooth glaze.
Drizzle this glaze on the chicken breasts and now place them on a tray covered with foil.
Keep your pellet grill pre-heated at about 240 F. Now place the chicken pieces skin-side down on the grill with the help of tongs instead of forks or any other sharp object because it might pierce the meat. Let the chicken cook for 45 minutes- 1 hour, turn the pieces halfway through and you can also glaze them again in this procedure. Don’t open the lid too much because the meat needs the heat and to maintain the smoked flavor intact.
Take them off the grill and let them rest for 5-10 minutes. Now serve them with light homemade coleslaw (optional) and your favorite BBQ sauce. An amazing flavor packed plate of smoked chicken prepared on a grill is ready to serve!