Recipe For AZRP's "The Chicken"
©2008 The Naked Whiz and AZRP

AZRP (a.k.a. Randy Price), a frequent poster at the Big Green Egg forum, one day very innocently posted a recipe of his that he simply calls "The Chicken." The next thing you know, everyone is asking for details and clarifications and repostings, and "The Chicken" became an instant hit! Randy very graciously granted permission to do this web page to make the recipe available to everyone. We should also note that the vegetables shown here are not really a part of the recipe for "The Chicken," but rather just something that Randy likes to make to accompany the chicken. We thought this was a great way to make your meat and vegetable at the same time in your cooker, so we include it along with the recipe for "The Chicken." (Did we mention this dish is called "The Chicken?") Here are Randy's instructions:

"About thirty years ago I was living in North Carolina for a few years building a factory. This is when I met my wife. Her father used to take me to chicken shacks as they were called. Places the average person would never find, miles out in the woods with no signs. One place was Keaton's chicken, a small maybe ten table establishment run by an elderly black gentleman. He was very particular about who he would serve, if he didn't like you or you were rude, you wouldn't eat. His chicken tasted like nothing I had ever tasted before and had people lined up every night for it. After moving back to Arizona I found myself craving the taste of it and attempted to duplicate it. My wife's aunt had a recipe for BBQ chicken that I tried, then tweaked until I came up with a flavor profile that matched my memory.

"For the last 10 years or so, my daughters' boyfriends, and some now husbands, have liked this recipe so much that they dubbed it "The Chicken". Last night I combined my new love of cooking veggies in chicken fat with this unusual chicken recipe, and thought I'd share. I chopped up some potatoes, poblano pepper, bell pepper, mushrooms and a sweet onion. I then added minced garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper and parsley. I tossed them together in a disposable lasagna pan."

Here are the vegetables that go into the pan.

The vegetables have been cut and seasoned.

Next I took chicken quarters and tossed them in a ziplock bag with some flour. They don't need any seasoning. Set the Egg up with the plate setter legs up, a grid on the plate setter and a raised grid clipped onto the main grid. Stabilize your cooker with a dome temperature of 350 degrees. The chicken parts go on the top shelf with the veggies underneath.

The chicken after coating with flour.

The chicken resting on the raised grid.

I let that cook for 90 minutes while I gathered up the ingredients for the sauce:
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbs crushed red pepper
  • 2 Tbs black pepper
  • 1 Tbs cayene pepper
  • 4 Tbs kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs chile powder
  • 2 Tbs Louisiana hot sauce
  • 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs dijon mustard
  • 1 pint of white vinegar
I whisked that together and brought it to a boil then whisked in 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.

The ingredients for the sauce.

With the sauce very hot, I pulled the chicken from the Egg, and dipped it then set it on a piece of foil. I drizzled a few extra Tbs of the sauce over the piece then wrapped it up tight in the foil. Note: the sauce is supposed to be thin, do not try to thicken it. The idea is it steeps into the meat. The foil packages get wrapped in towels and put into a cooler for 30-60 minutes.

Coating "The Chicken"

The Veggies were outstanding. And the chicken was, well "The" chicken. -RP

The veggies.

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