Southern pulled chicken – Zuid-Franse geïnspireerd
Being a week on holidays in the south of France gives a lot of inspiration to start cooking. After a week without my BBQ’s it was more than time to admit to the smoking addiction. As soon as we came home I lit the Pelletsmoker to make some Southern Pulled chicken. Inspired by the tons of Poulet Roti that can be found all over France. This version of smoked Pulled Chicken is spiced with the Poulet Roti spices and braised in a combination of Vermouth, orange and green herbs. Served with the Braised Fennel Salad I posted last wednesday! Are you planning any inspiring holiday? I’m curious to hear all about it! Have fun!
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- 6 Chicken Thighs
- 1 Tbsp Cumin Powder
- 1/2 Tbsp Cinamon Powder
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- 2 oranges
- 1 sip red vermouth
Mix the cumin powder with the cinnamon powder and salt and rub the chicken thighs thoroughly.
Start your BBQ/smoker for an indirect session at low heat (between 75°C en 120°C). I've used the Traeger pelletsmoker with cherry wood pellets. When using another type of BBQ you need to add some smokewood chunks to the fire.
Smoke the thighs to an internal temperature of 70°C.
Take 2 sheets of butcher paper and put some orange slices on top of one of the sheets. Put the smoked thighs on top of these. Add the green herbs and put some more orange slices on top.
Fold the butcher paper to make a "bowl" and pour a sip of red vermouth (or wine) over the chicken. Fold the package together and fold another sheet of paper tightly around the chicken.
Put the package back on the smoker at a temperature from about 150°C until the thighs reach an internal temperature from about 90°C and fall from the bone.
Remove the butcher paper and save the braising liquid. Add all of it to a fireproof plate. Pull the thighs and mix with the braising liquid. Add some more of the orange juice if desired.
You can replace the butcher paper by thin foil if you can’t find it in your region.