Orange Oregano Maple Smoked Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs meet OG maple wood planks, orange zest and oregano in a flavorful dance.

Chicken thighs meet OG maple wood planks, orange zest and oregano in a flavorful dance.

When thinking of cooking over planks, many people think of “Cedar planked Salmon”, and that is a great way to cook fish. But let’s not limit ourselves only to fish- as everything tastes better kissed with the smoke from wood grill planks! Plus, it makes for an awesome presentation at the table!

Chicken thighs are one of my favorite parts of the chicken to cook because they are a dark meat and stay moist and juicy, and this cut is also super economical in comparison with a chicken breast. I added a few simple ingredients such as orange zest, oregano, smoked sea salt, smoked black pepper and smoked paprika to make an out-of-the ordinary smoked chicken cooked over Outdoor Gourmet’s Maple Grill Planks. For those of you who read my blog, you know that I am a big fan of Outdoor Gourmet as they produce sustainably sourced Wood Grilling Planks. I include them in my holiday gift guide every year.

The orange zest paired with fresh oregano over maple smokiness makes for a fragrant, melt in your mouth (yet simple) dish to make that would be suitable for a nice dinner party with guests, or even a weeknight meal.

Add lemon wedges and a sprig of oregano for a pop of color. Use the planks as a plate for rustic presentation.

Add lemon wedges and a sprig of oregano for a pop of color. Use the planks as a plate for rustic presentation.

Ingredients:

  • (2) Maple Grill Planks – soak for 30 minutes before use
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 3 zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 large bunch of oregano, leaves removed from stems
  • 2 heaping teaspoons fresh ground black pepper (I used smoked pepper)
  • 2 heaping teaspoons sea salt (I used smoked sea salt)
  • 2 heaping teaspoons smoked paprika (if you don’t have smoked paprika you can use regular paprika but Smoked paprika makes a huge difference)
  • 1. 5 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

Preheat your grill to 350 degrees and create a direct and indirect cooking zone. Make sure to soak your grilling planks for at least 30 minutes before using them. Next, rinse your chicken and then pat it dry.

Combine the olive oil, sea salt, pepper and smoked paprika in a small bowl to form a seasoning paste. Next, slide your finger under the chicken skin (I know this is not fun but it will seal in all the spices and extra moisture!)

Next, coat the chicken under and over the skin, working the paste onto all 4 pieces of chicken. Place 2 thighs on each maple grilling plank (if you can’t find maple, I think cherry, hickory or other woods would work too). Place the planks on indirect heat of a medium/hot grill and let cook for 25-30 minutes or until an interal read thermometer (like the ThermaPen, my favorite) reads 170 degrees ( a few degrees under is okay). Let rest under foil for 10 minutes, and serve with your favorite side.

I served mine with garlic kale and it was delish! What are you planking these days, let me know!

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4 Responses to Orange Oregano Maple Smoked Chicken Thighs

  1. Julee November 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    What a yummy looking recipe! Your Dad and I look forward to trying it! We like to try various recipes on the cedar plank. Your photos look awesome!
    Love, Mom

  2. Chris November 23, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Good one, Robyn. Like you, we like experimenting with planks for things other than salmon. I need to get me some of these maple planks, much better smoke for general use than cedar.

  3. Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) November 30, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    I think this recipe sounds absolutely delicious Robyn. Pinned. I was just looking at my out of control freezer situation and said the next thing to out of there were that package of thighs. Pinned!

  4. Robyn December 3, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Thanks Lea Ann! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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