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Plank-Smoked Chicken with Grilled Corn Relish

Makes: 8 servings
Prep 45 mins Grill 50 mins
Plank-Smoked Chicken with Grilled Corn Relish
Ingredients
  • 2  14x6x3/4-inch oak or hickory grilling planks
  • 2 3 - 3 1/2 pounds  broiler-fryer chickens, quartered
  • 2 - 4  tablespoons  bottled hot pepper sauce
  • 2 - 4  teaspoons  cracked black pepper
  • 6  ears  fresh sweet corn, husked
  • 1 4  ounce jar  diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2  cup  sliced green onions
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 2  tablespoons  honey
  • 1  tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 1  recipe  Fresh Ranch Dressing, below
  • 3/4  cup  pecan halves, toasted (optional)
  •  Lemon wedges (optional)
Directions

1. At least 1 hour before grilling, soak grilling planks in water. (Top with heavy dish to keep submerged.)

2. Loosen skin on chicken. In small bowl combine hot pepper sauce, black pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt. Drizzle under skin of chicken. Rub to disperse pepper mixture.

3. For charcoal grill, place planks on rack of uncovered grill directly over medium coals,until planks begin to crackle and smoke. Place chicken, bone sides down, on planks. Add corn to grill rack. Cover; grill 15 to 20 minutes or until corn is tender, turning two or three times. Remove corn from grill. Set aside; keep warm. Cover and grill chicken 35 to 40 minutes longer or until no pink remains (180 degrees F in a thigh). (For gas,heat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place planks with chicken and corn on rack overheat. Grill as above.)

4. For Grilled Corn Relish, cut corn from cobs. In medium bowl combine corn, pimientos, green onions, oil, honey, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper; toss. Add 1/3 cup Fresh Ranch dressing, below. Toss to coat.

5. On large platter spoon Grilled Corn Relish. Top with chicken and pecans. Drizzle remaining Fresh Ranch Dressing. Serve with lemon. Makes 8 servings.

From the Test KitchenTo vary the heat:
  • Hot: 2 tsp. cracked black pepper
  • Hotter: 3 tsp. cracked black pepper
  • Hottest: 4 tsp. cracked black pepper
Fresh Ranch Dressing
Start to Finish 5 mins
Ingredients
  • 1/3  cup  buttermilk
  • 1/2  cup  dairy sour cream
  • 2  tablespoons  mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  lemon juice
  • 1  tablespoon  bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • 1  clove  garlic
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground black pepper
Directions

1. In a blender or food processor combine buttermilk; sour cream; mayonnaise; lemon juice; hot pepper sauce, optional; garlic; salt and pepper. Cover and blend or process until smooth.

Nutrition Facts (Plank-Smoked Chicken with Grilled Corn Relish)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 664,
  • Fat, total (g) 44,
  • chol. (mg) 180,
  • sat. fat (g) 13,
  • carb. (g) 20,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 19,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 10,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 8,
  • pro. (g) 46,
  • vit. A (IU) 1020,
  • vit. C (mg) 23,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 17,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 52,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 745,
  • Potassium (mg) 712,
  • calcium (mg) 61,
  • iron (mg) 3,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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