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Smoked Cherry Bomb Chicken

Traeger Kitchen


Smoked Cherry Bomb Chicken

Prep Time

20 Minutes

Cook Time

2 Hours

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Mesquite

Once you devour this hot & sweet Thai chicken, it’s only a matter of time until your taste buds explode with happiness.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

4

    Steps

    • 1

      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.
    • 2

      Puree cherry tomatoes, habanero peppers, garlic, and allspice with the salt and sugar mixture in a blender until smooth.
    • 3

      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.
    • 4

      Remove chicken pieces and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels.
    • 5

      When ready to cook, start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until a fire is established (4-5 minutes).
    • 6

      Combine thyme, cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and oil in a small bowl.
    • 7

      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!)
    • 8

      Smoke the chicken on the Traeger grill grate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
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      Grill185˚
    • 9

      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.
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      Grill350˚
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      Probe165˚
    • 10

      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!

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