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Stovetop Smoked Chicken

No grill? No problem! This indoor hack will help you achieve that summer BBQ flavor on your stovetop. Learn how to make your own stovetop smoker and delicious dry-rubbed smoked chicken drumsticks.

Tasty Team

Total Time

1 hr 55 min

1 hr 55 min

Prep Time

50 minutes

50 min

Cook Time

35 minutes

35 min

Inspired by food.com

Total Time

1 hr 55 min

1 hr 55 min

Prep Time

50 minutes

50 min

Cook Time

35 minutes

35 min

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 6 small chicken drumsticks, or 8 small drumsticks

Special Equipment

  • 1 cup applewood chips (35 g)
  • heavy duty aluminum foil
  • vegetable steamer basket

Nutrition Info

    Calories 181
    Fat 9g
    Carbs 2g
    Fiber 0g
    Sugar 2g
    Protein 19g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Soak the applewood chips in cold water for at least 30 minutes. Drain before using.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, oregano, ground mustard, and brown sugar.
  3. Add the chicken drumsticks to a large bowl and pat dry with a paper towel. Season the chicken with the dry rub and toss to coat evenly. Set aside while you build the stovetop smoker.
  4. Line a Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed pot with a lid with 2–3 sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Spread the drained applewood chips in an even layer in the bottom of the pot and place the steamer basket on top.
  5. Place the pot over high heat. Once the wood chips start to lightly smoke, add the chicken drumsticks to the steamer basket, place another sheet of foil on top, and cover with the lid. Smoke the chicken over high heat for 8–10 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking for another 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the chicken to sit in the smoker, covered, for an additional 10 minutes. The internal temperature of the chicken should register between 165-170°F (74-78°C).
  6. Arrange a rack in the upper third of the oven. Turn the broiler on high. Remove the chicken from the smoker, place on a rimmed baking sheet, and broil for 5–7 minutes, until the chicken has crisped and charred in spots. Serve immediately.
  7. Enjoy!

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