It seems like eternity since I’ve posted a new recipe to KCinAZ. Originally, my posts were all about food and then I ran out of newly created recipes. Sometimes, the old noggin just doesn’t think up new goodies. But, leave it to the hubby, he requested that I smoke chicken for a dinner party and this recipe was the result. Apple Wood Smoked Lemon Chicken stuffed with quartered golden delicious apples and white onion.
Take one 3-4 pound whole chicken
Season Hen Under Skin:
1 teaspoon lemon peel fo season under skin
4 sprigs fresh thyme
salt & Pepper to season inside of hen
Season Inside the Hen:
1 teaspoon lemon peel to season inside of hen
2 small golden delicious apples (not ripe) quartered
1/3 yellow onion cut in thirds
Season Skin on Outside of Hen:
sprinkle outside of hen with lemon peel, garlic salt, Tuscan Style dried herbs
Smoke It First:
Pre-heat smoker with apple wood at 225 degrees. Place hen in smoker and slow cook for 1 hour. It will begin to turn brown. I put mine breast side up in a large pie pan to hold in the juices. Remove from smoker after at least one hour. You can then finish on your grill or in the oven. I’ve finished mine on the grill. If you prefer the oven then place the smoked whole chicken in a baking dish with enough room to catch any drippings. Bake at 375 until a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees F. This will probably take at least another 1-2 hours depending on the size of the hen.
Finish on Grill:
Pre-heat your grill so that the hen will sear when placed on the grill. Place the hen in the center of the grill breast side down and turn off or down those center burners so that it continues to grill with indirect heat. Turn hen over every 15-30 minutes and check often to ensure that you have enough heat but not too much heat as to burn or over cook the outside of the hen.
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