Mesquite smoked chicken would make a healthy whole meal if served with a salad and bread. Here are a couple of recipes of chicken cooked over mesquite wood chips.
Chicken is prepared in different ways throughout the world and is a popular meal. This dish is made by smoking the chicken using mesquite wood chips. Mesquite chips can be used to grill not only chicken but also for grilling any kind of meat and fish. However, if you are planning to use mesquite chips for smoking chicken, soak it in warm water for 10 to 20 minutes. If you plan to make smoked chicken on a stovetop, it would be wise to use a metal stovetop smoker.
Mesquite Smoked Chicken with Herbs
» 3 lb chicken breast halved
» ½ cup mesquite smoking chips
» ¼ cup lemon juice
» 2 tbsp. honey
» 2 tbsp. honey
» 1 tbsp. thyme
» 1 tbsp. white vinegar
» 1 tbsp. olive oil
» 1 tsp. salt
» ½ tsp. garlic powder or crushed garlic
» ½ tsp. onion powder or crushed onion
» ¼ tsp. pepper powder
In a bowl, whisk lemon juice, honey, vinegar, olive oil, thyme, garlic, onion, pepper, and salt together. Beat well so as to blend all the ingredients. This mixture is used as the marinade.
On a flat plate, place the cleaned chicken breasts and rub the marinade on both sides of the pieces. Place the chicken in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate. Once in two hours toss the chicken so that all the sides get well coated and thus are well marinated. The chicken should be marinated for minimum 8 to 10 hours.
Remove the chicken from the freezer a couple of hours before you smoke it.
Place the smoker on the stovetop and layer it with mesquite chips. Over the chips place the drip pan. Spray vegetable oil on the wire grill and place it on the drip pan.
Place the marinated chicken on the grill rack in the smoker. You may sprinkle salt and pepper if required.
Do not close the lid of the smoker and heat over high. When you see wisps of smoke coming out of the opening, reduce the flame to medium and close the lid of the smoker.
The cooking time is 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the thickness of the chicken breast.
This dish can be served hot along with salads or dips. Else you can refrigerate it to serve as part of a cold meal or use it in chicken salads.
Mesquite Sherry Smoked Chicken
» 3 lb chicken
» 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
» 1 onion chopped
» 2 cups dry sherry
» 1 cup brown sugar
» ½ cup Mesquite wood chips, soaked
» ½ cup white vinegar
» ½ cup teriyaki sauce
In a large, shallow bowl, whisk vinegar, sherry, garlic, onion, brown sugar, and teriyaki sauce. Marinate the chicken using this paste and refrigerate it overnight, tossing the chicken occasionally.
In a smoker, arrange the wood, mesquite chips, and the charcoal. Place the oiled wire grill on the smoker and arrange the chicken on the grill.
Place the smoker on the stove over high heat. When the smoker starts emitting smoke, reduce the flame and cook for an hour at 180ºF.
Once the chicken is done, you can serve it hot with any spicy dips.