Potatoes are incredible, transformative vehicles. They can take on any flavor and almost any cuisine. In the south they love 'em buttered or fried up. In the west you'll find them often mixed with some meat and a little spice. What we did here, was a little mix of both. Imagine a buttery baked potato, but instead of bacon we swapped in tender, smoky grilled chicken smothered with barbecue sauce as hot or as sweet as you like it.
BONUS - with the addition of a vegetable or two, your dinner is made in about an hour.
GRILLED BBQ CHICKEN BAKED POTATOES
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite or Hickory
4 large potatoes (such as Russets)
2 chicken breasts
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub
Butter, sour cream, cheese, chives or whatever your favorite baked potato toppings are
Salt and pepper to taste
Traeger Honey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce, or your favorite barbecue sauce
Start with the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Preheat to High for 10 to 15 minutes, lid closed.
Wash the potatoes and poke several holes in each with a fork or skewer. Place on the grill and cook for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until they are squeezably soft.
Meanwhile, prepare the chicken by rubbing it with the minced garlic, drizzling with the olive oil and Worchestershire sauce and seasoning with the Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub.
After the potatoes have been cooking for about 30 minutes, throw the chicken onto the grill. (If you would like to makes this a complete meal, you could also throw on some asparagus or brussel sprouts when you put on the chicken and they'll be done about the same time.)
Let the chicken cook 20 to 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
Pull the chicken off when it's done and set aside to allow the juices to redistribute before cutting. Check on the potatoes and pull them off when they are done.
Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. (You could also pull the chicken, if you like.) Mix in a generous amount of the Traeger Honey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce, or your favorite bbq sauce.
Time to assemble. Slice open the baked potatoes and fill them with your favorite toppings and season liberally with salt and pepper. We love a good amount of butter and a drizzle of ranch dressing.
Top each potato with a heap of the chopped barbecue chicken and finish with a sprinkle of chives for garnish.
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