Smoky CherryBomb Chicken
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 120 min|
Once you devour this hot & sweet Thai chicken, it’s only a matter of time until your taste buds explode with happiness.
1 quart Cold water
1/3 cup Kosher salt
1/2 cup White sugar
4 Chicken leg and thigh quarters
1 pint Cherry tomatoes
3 Habanero peppers, seeded
4 cloves Garlic
1/2 tsp Ground allspice
1 1/2 tsp Dried thyme
1 tsp Ground cumin
1 tsp Ground black pepper
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
3 Tbsp Vegetable oil
1/2 cup Prepared Thai sweet chili sauce
Combine water, kosher salt, and sugar in a saucepan over low heat; cook until sugar and salt dissolve, 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Puree cherry tomatoes, habanero peppers, garlic, and allspice with the salt and sugar mixture in a blender until smooth.
Score the skin side of each piece of chicken 2 to 3 times, about 1/8 inch deep. Place chicken pieces in a large bowl or lidded container. Pour tomato brine over chicken pieces, making sure all pieces are covered. Refrigerate 4 to 6 hours.
Remove chicken pieces and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels.
When ready to cook, start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until a fire is established (4-5 minutes).
Combine thyme, cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and oil in a small bowl.
Brush each chicken piece with thyme and oil mixture. (Don't put on too much oil or else you'll end up with some serious flare-ups!)
Smoke the chicken on the Traeger grill grate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Increase the temperature to 350 degrees F and continue to roast the chicken until the internal temperature in the thickest part of a thigh registers 165 degrees F on an instant-read meat thermometer, about 50 to 60 minutes.
Remove the chicken quarters to a plate and brush each piece with Thai sweet chile sauce. Transfer to a plate and allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!