NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN BITES

NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN BITES

YIELDS: 12 Servings PREP TIME: 10 mins COOK TIME: 15 mins  TOTAL TIME: 25 mins
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
duck fat spray (or oil of your choice)
2 cups pork panko (ground pork rinds)
¼ cup Nashville Hot Chicken wing dust or rub (we like CosmosQ wing dust or Major Flavor Seasonings rub)
pickle slices (we used Famous Dave's)
Lemon-Dill Sauce
½ cup Crema Mexicana (or regular sour cream)
¼ cup mayonnaise
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
1 tbsp all purpose seasoning (or salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste)
Tools 
Instant read thermometer
Large bowl 
Smoker 
Baking sheet 
  1. Marinate the chicken thigh pieces in buttermilk overnight. (Not a necessary step, but it makes them extra tender.)
  2. Preheat smoker or grill to 525°F.
  3. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and spray generously with duck fat spray.
  4. Add the pork panko and Nashville Hot Chicken seasoning and toss until well coated.
  5. Transfer the chicken pieces to a baking sheet with a rack on top and place the whole thing onto the preheated grill.
  6. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  7. Combine all of the ingredients for the lemon-dill sauce in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.
  8. When the chicken is done cooking, transfer the bites to a serving platter.
  9. Top each with a pickle slice and drizzle with a bit of the lemon-dill sauce.
  10. Add a toothpick to each one and serve!

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