Soooooo Yummy! I've made this a few times for BBQ's. One guest branded it the very best chicken he's ever tasted! I've used both regular chile & ancho chile as I found the ancho chile hard to come by. Both ways are equally tasty!
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ancho-Tequila Glaze
If you're using a charcoal grill, skip the foil pan and add the chips to the coals. Look for granulated garlic in the spice aisle, or substitute 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Amber agave syrup has a deeper flavor than the more neutral, light-colored varieties.
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1 Hour, 10 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes
- Calories: 278
- Fat: 10.8g
- Saturated fat: 3.4g
- Monounsaturated fat: 4.5g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
- Protein: 21.7g
- Carbohydrate: 20.5g
- Fiber: 1.2g
- Cholesterol: 97mg
- Iron: 1.7mg
- Sodium: 448mg
- Calcium: 21mg
- 1 1/2 cups hickory wood chips
- 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 12 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned (about 2 1/2 pounds)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 tablespoons amber agave syrup
- 3 tablespoons tequila
- 1 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Cooking spray
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
- 6 lime wedges
- 1. Soak wood chips in water 30 minutes; drain well.
- 2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat using both burners. After preheating, turn the left burner off (leave the right burner on). Pierce the bottom of a disposable aluminum foil pan several times with the tip of a knife. Place pan on heat element on heated side of grill; add wood chips to pan. Let chips stand for 15 minutes or until smoking.
- 3. Combine chile powder and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss well. Add oil to bowl; toss well.
- 4. Place syrup and next 5 ingredients (through red pepper) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook until mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup and begins to thicken (about 3 minutes). Reserve syrup mixture.
- 5. Place chicken, meaty side down, on grill rack coated with cooking spray over left burner (indirect heat). Brush chicken with 2 tablespoons syrup mixture; grill 15 minutes. Turn chicken over. Brush with 2 tablespoons syrup mixture; grill 15 minutes. Turn chicken over and move to direct heat; grill 5 minutes or until done. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. Serve with remaining syrup mixture and lime wedges.
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