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Smoked and Fried Buttermilk Chicken Thighs
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Smoked and Fried Buttermilk Chicken Thighs

What’s better than fried chicken? SMOKED Fried chicken!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Brining time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 988kcal
Author Mat Cotton

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs
  • dry rub suitable for chicken

Brine

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper ground

For the coating:

  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 tbsp  salt
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
  • honey to serve

Instructions

  • Prepare your brine by mixing 2 cups buttermilk with salt, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper in a large PLASTIC bowl, deep enough to submerge all your chicken pieces.
  • Fully submerge your chicken thighs in the buttermilk brine and place in fridge overnight, or at least for 4-5 hours.
  • Prepare your smoker to 230-260F, using a light fruit wood for the smoking wood.
  • Remove chicken from buttermilk and wipe off excess.
  • Place chicken on wire rack over aluminum tray and apply your dry rub to both sides of chicken thighs.
  • Smoke chicken thighs for around 45 minutes, or until you are happy with the color, or until chicken reaches 135-140F.
  • While the chicken is smoking, mix together all your flour coating ingredients in a large bowl, and in another large bowl, place another 2 cups of buttermilk.
  • 10 mins before chicken is finished, prepare your deep fryer to 300-325F.
  • Submerge a piece of chicken thigh in the buttermilk and then toss liberally in the flour mix.
  • Repeat step 9 to double coat for extra crispiness.
  • Gently place the coated thigh in a deep fryer, and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until golden. Internal temp should be 165+ F. Cook in batches of 2-3.
  • Drain and keep warm in a low oven while repeating steps 9-11 as necessary.
  • Drizzle with honey and enjoy!

Nutrition

Sodium: 3794mg | Calcium: 203mg | Vitamin C: 7mg | Vitamin A: 663IU | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 812mg | Cholesterol: 235mg | Calories: 988kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Fat: 42g | Protein: 48g | Carbohydrates: 60g | Iron: 6mg