Thursday, June 30, 2011

Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs with Jalapeno Creamed Corn

I think this has been one of my favorite meals since I've started the blog. It just hit the spot, such a comforting meal. Nothing feels more like home than some good ole' southern cookin' y'all :) Well, I started off by marinating the chicken thighs in buttermilk for a day, and then I rubbed them down with my favorite spice blend. I grilled the chicken thighs for some of that nice smoky flavor and the brushed 'em down with some sweet & tangy BBQ sauce (yummm). On the side, I made some Jalapeno Creamed Corn. It was delish. I mean, it's sweet, spicy, salty, and creamy... pretty much everything I want in a creamed corn. And I might mention that Clayton is an avid creamed corn hater, but his tune has changed after this recipe. We also made some baked beans, one of my favorite side dishes. It's such a filling meal and still budget friendly. We could've easily have fed 4 people with all the food we made, which isn't too shabby with one package of chicken thighs, frozen silver queen corn, and a can of baked beans (I mean cheap-o). And I'm still claiming it as one of my favorite meals, silly me. Anyway, if you have a budget, but need to feed (and fill up) some of you family or friends, this will be a go-to meal for you! Enjoy :)
Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs with Jalapeno Creamed Corn & Baked Beans
Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs
For the Marinade:
6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs, Washed & Dried Thoroughly
3C Buttermilk
1t Paprika
1t Cayenne
1t Chili Powder
1t Garlic Powder
1t Onion Powder
1T Hot Sauce

For the Dry Rub:
1T Salt
2T Brown Sugar
2t Garlic Powder
2t Onion Powder
1t Cumin
1t Chili Powder
1t Black Pepper

For the BBQ Chicken:
Prepared Chicken Thighs, Marinated & Rubbed
3T Olive Oil
BBQ Sauce

1. Marinate the Chicken: Whisk together all of the marinade ingredients and pour into a gallon size bag and place the chicken thighs in as well. Toss the bag so that the buttermilk mixture has coated all the thighs. Refrigerate the chicken and marinate over night. The next morning, dump the contents of the bag into a strainer and drain the chicken from the buttermilk. And then, completely dry the chicken.
2. Making the Dry Rub: combine all in the spices in a bowl. Once combined, rub this mixture all over the marinated, dried chicken thighs. Put the rubbed chicken thighs in the refrigerator to let the spices penetrate the meat. Leave them alone until ready to grill. 
3. Grilling the Chicken: Remove the chicken thighs from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Rub them with a little more of the spice rub. Heat your grill (or you can grill inside or sauté them). Once the grill is nice and hot, cook the chicken thighs for about 7-10 minutes on each side. After each side has grilled, brush on some of your barbeque sauce. Remove the chicken from the grill and let them sit for about 5 minutes. Brush with more BBQ sauce before serving. 
Jalapeno Creamed Corn

For the Garlic Cream:
1 ½C Heavy Cream
8 Whole Cloves of Garlic, Peeled
1 Jalapeno, Deseeded & Deribbed

For the Creamed Corn:
2 ½C Charred Corn, Decobbed
1C Prepared Garlic Cream (roughly chop the jalapenos & mash the garlic in it)
2 Fresh Jalapenos, Deseeded & Diced
1 Shallot, Diced
1T Green Onion, Sliced
¾C Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
¼C Parmesan Cheese, Shredded
¼t Cayenne
Salt & Pepper, To Taste

1. For the Garlic Cream: Place the cream in a heavy sauce pot and add in the garlic cloves and jalapeno. Bring the cream to a simmer, and then turn down the heat to low-medium heat. Let it reduce to 1 cup.
2. For the Jalapeno Creamed Corn: Char the corn in a hot iron skillet. In a separate pan, add in the charred corn, jalapenos, green onions, shallot, and prepared garlic cream (with the chopped jalapenos and mashed garlic that was simmered in the cream). Bring to a simmer and reduce by ¼ volume. Add in the cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. Stir to blend and melt the cheese. Once the cheese has melted and reduced, season it with cayenne, salt, and pepper to taste. 
3. Serve hot. 

Check out Everyday Sisters Blog for this recipe!

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