Tea Smoked Chicken

This is the big smoker variation of an Asian classic. The smoke from the tea leaves add a distinct flavor to the chicken that is fantastic.

Prep Time: 15?minutes

Cook Time: 3?hours

Total Time: 3?hours, 15?minutes

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 2-2 1/2 pound chicken
  • 1/2 cup china black tea leaves
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Szechuan peppercorns, crushed
  • Sesame oil


Combine wine, salt, brown sugar, and peppercorns in a large bowl. Cut scallions into 2 inch long pieces and flatten with the side of a cleaver. Add scallions and ginger root to bowl. Place chicken in bowl and rub the mixture all over the chicken inside and out. Let marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Prepare smoker. Remove chicken from marinade, placing scallions and ginger root inside. When the smoker is up to temperature (about 250 degrees F.) place chicken inside and place 1/4 of the tea leaves on the embers. Let smoke. Add tea leave 1/4 at a time every hour. Remove chicken from the smoker when a thermometer in the thickest part of the chicken breast reads 170 degrees. Brush the surface of the chicken with sesame oil cut into serving pieces and serve.

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