Smoke and spice and everything nice. Smoke your hens and cool them down with fresh salsa verde. This dish is anything but ordinary.
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To make the rub, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover, and set aside until ready to use.
Place the chicken on a baking sheet or wire rack and fully coat in the dry rub. Use your hands to really coat the chicken ensuring you get in all the crevices and under the skin if possible.
Place the chicken in the fridge uncovered for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
Salsa Verde: Remove the seeds from the jalapeños and place in a food processor along with the garlic and a drizzle of olive oil. Pulse together until very finely chopped into an almost paste-like consistency. Add in the cilantro and parsley and continue to pulse until roughly chopped.
While the food processor is running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until smooth and your desired consistency is reached. Squeeze in the lemon along with its zest and season to taste with salt and pepper and then transfer to bowl.
Store in fridge and then take out while your chicken is cooking.
Take the chicken out of the fridge about 45 minutes before you want to cook it.
When ready to cook, set the Traeger to 225℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
Place the chicken on the grill, skin side up and cook for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 155℉.
At this point, remove the chicken to a tray, and move grill to High. Allow grill to preheat for another 10 minutes and then place the chicken back on, skin side up.
Close the grill and allow the chicken to finish cooking until it reaches an internal temperature of 165℉. Remove.
Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Slather the chicken with the jalapeño salsa verde to serve. Enjoy!
This recipe was provided by our friend Daniel Seidman.
Check out more of his recipes and photos on his Instagram @danseidman.
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