We all need a few quick and easy meals in our Traeger arsenal to pull out on those hectic, bleary-eyed days. So we thought we'd do a series of simple meals that you can whip out on your Traeger in approximately 30 minutes. We'll prove to you that to taste mind-blowingly delicious it doesn't have to taking a mind-numbing amount of time.
Our first feature is a recipe for sticky-delicious Sweet & Spicy Chicken Thighs, which we adapted from this Cooking Light recipe. The heat and the sweet balance each other so perfectly and with how quickly these cook, there is plenty of time to make seconds, thirds, fourths...you get the idea.
SWEET & SPICY CHICKEN THIGHS
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Maple, Hickory or Mesquite
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 lbs.)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons granulated garlic or garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Start your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open for 4 to 5 minutes or until the fire is established. Close the lid and preheat to 375 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.
Combine the rub spices in a medium bowl and mix well.
Trim any excess fat off of the chicken thighs. Pat dry. Drizzle oil lightly over all of the chicken thighs and rub it in with your hands to coat all of the pieces.
Toss the thighs in the spice rub to coat all sides well.
Place the chicken thighs directly on the hot grill grate and cook for approximately 5 minutes per side, or until the temperature registers 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.
Meanwhile, warm up the honey in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Add in the vinegar and combine well.
Reserve 2 tablespoons of the glaze and use the rest to brush onto both sides of the chicken during the last final moments of grilling.
These guys are going to smoke and sizzle up a storm but it will be so delicious and well worth it.
After you pull the chicken thighs off the grill, drizzle them with the reserved honey glaze and serve to your family and friends who are no doubt anxiously chomping at the bit.