You’ve likely heard about limiting your ingestion of chicken skin which can add unnecessary calories and saturated fat. On the flip-side, chicken skin also adds to the overall flavor and moisture of chicken. Here’s the thing: if you limit the amount of chicken skin you ingest, it contains a good amount of unsaturated fat that can be heart healthy, which you may not be benefiting from.
I’m going to give you a dry rub recipe that is salt-free to add in the healthy aspect of this recipe and includes some fat to the skin that will add flavor but also render off. Purchase chicken drumsticks and prepare the gas grill for this easy technique and super flavorful chicken you’ll want to be sure to make extras of.
double filet wood chunks from SmokinLicious®.
Salt-Free Dry RubI’m balancing my salt-free dry rub flavor by incorporating a variety of ingredients:
- Whole allspice
- Ancho Chile pepper
- Curry powder
- Cocoa powder
- Fresh ground pepper
These I lay on a roasting rack placed in a disposable foil pan. This will allow the chicken to render without causing a mess to the grill and allow the smoke vapor produced by the wood chunks to rotate around the chicken.
Make a Lot!After cooking for about 35 minutes, flip each drumstick on the rack and check your wood. It will likely be black as the wood combusts and renders the flavonoids in the lignin that produce the great flavor. Close the lid and allow the chicken to cook an additional 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature registers 165°F. Be sure to make extra so you have a great go-to protein to feed you throughout the week.
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