Smoked Chicken Halves with Sweet Potato Fries and Alabama White Sauce

smoked chicken halves and alabama white sauce

Smoked Chicken halves with Sweet Potato Fries and Alabama White Sauce is a delicious and flavorful meal that is perfect for any occasion. The combination of smoky, tender chicken, crispy sweet potato fries, and tangy white sauce makes for a mouthwatering dish that is sure to impress your family and friends. This recipe is perfect for those who love to cook outdoors, as it requires a smoker to achieve the signature smoky flavor. In this recipe, we will take you through the steps to create a perfect smoked chicken with delicious sweet potato fries and a tangy white sauce.

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Ingredients:

The ingredients for this recipe are simple and easy to find at any grocery store. You will need a whole chicken, halved, along with 2 lbs of store-bought sweet potato fries. The chicken will be seasoned with salt and pepper and then slathered with cooking oil before being placed in the smoker. The white sauce is made with a combination of mayonnaise, horseradish, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, black pepper, lemon juice, and salt. This sauce adds a tangy, zesty flavor to the chicken, and can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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Instructions:

The instructions for this recipe are straightforward and easy to follow. You will need to preheat your smoker to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and then prepare the chicken by halving it and removing any giblets or excess fat. The chicken halves will be seasoned with salt and pepper and then slathered with cooking oil before being placed in the smoker.seasoned chicken halves

The chicken will smoke for about 1.5 to 2 hours or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 130 degrees Fahrenheit. While the chicken is smoking, you can prepare the Alabama white sauce by whisking together the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Once the chicken has reached 130 degrees Fahrenheit, you will need to flip the chicken halves over and continue smoking until the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the chicken has reached 155 degrees Fahrenheit, it will be removed from the smoker and immediately dipped in the Alabama white sauce. You will then allow the chicken to rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before cutting it into pieces.While the chicken is resting, you will need to heat up oil in a Dutch oven and fry the sweet potato fries until they are crispy and golden brown. Once the sweet potato fries are done, you will season them with salt and pepper before serving them alongside the chicken pieces.

smoked chicken halves and alabama white sauce

Smoked Chicken Halves with Sweet Potato Fries and Alabama White Sauce

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Difficulty: Easy
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword alabama white sauce, easy homemade fries, easy smoked chicken, smoked chicken halves, smoked chicken recipe
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken, halved
  • 2 lbs sweet potato fries (store-bought)
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper

Alabama White Sauce

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your smoker to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to give the smoker enough time to heat up to the desired temperature before you begin cooking your chicken. This will ensure that the chicken cooks evenly and retains its moisture.
  • Prepare the chicken by halving it and removing any giblets or excess fat. Pat the chicken halves dry with paper towels. Then, slather the chicken with cooking oil to help keep it moist during smoking. Be sure to cover the entire surface of the chicken with oil. Finally, season the chicken halves generously with salt and pepper. You can also add any other seasonings that you prefer at this point, such as garlic powder or paprika.
  • Once the smoker has reached the desired temperature, place the chicken halves inside, skin-side up. Be sure to leave enough space between the chicken halves so that the smoke can circulate around them. Close the smoker and let the chicken smoke for about 1.5 to 2 hours or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 130 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to maintain the temperature of the smoker throughout the cooking process to ensure even cooking.
  • While the chicken is smoking, prepare the Alabama white sauce. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, horseradish, apple cider vinegar, water, cayenne pepper, black pepper, lemon juice, and salt until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. The sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Once the chicken has reached 130 degrees Fahrenheit, it is time to flip the chicken halves over. This will help ensure that the chicken cooks evenly on both sides. Use a pair of tongs to carefully flip the chicken halves over. Then, continue smoking until the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the chicken to ensure that it is fully cooked.
  • Once the chicken has reached 155 degrees Fahrenheit, remove it from the smoker and immediately dip each half into the Alabama white sauce, making sure to coat both sides evenly. The sauce will help to add flavor and moisture to the chicken. You can also reserve some of the sauce for dipping later.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before cutting it into pieces. This will help the juices to redistribute throughout the meat and make the chicken more tender and flavorful. Cover the chicken with aluminum foil to keep it warm while it rests.
  • While the chicken is resting, heat up oil in a Dutch oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use any type of oil that has a high smoke point, such as canola oil or vegetable oil.
  • Fry the sweet potato fries in the hot oil for about 10 minutes or until they are crispy and golden brown. You may need to fry the fries in batches to avoid overcrowding the Dutch oven. Be sure to use a slotted spoon to remove the fries from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  • Once the sweet potato fries are done, remove them from the oil and place them in a large bowl. Season the fries with salt and pepper, tossing to coat them evenly. You can also add any other seasonings that you prefer at this point, such as garlic powder or cumin.
  • To serve, arrange the chicken pieces on a platter and place the sweet potato fries alongside. Serve the Alabama white sauce on the side for dipping. You can also garnish the platter with some fresh herbs or lemon wedges for added flavor and presentation.

The combination of smoky, tender chicken, crispy sweet potato fries, and tangy white sauce makes for a mouthwatering dish that is sure to please everyone at your table.One of the great things about this recipe is that it is relatively simple to make. With just a few basic ingredients and some time spent smoking the chicken, you can create a dish that is full of flavor and texture. Whether you are a seasoned cook or a beginner, this recipe is easy to follow and can be adjusted to suit your personal taste preferences.

The use of a smoker to cook the chicken adds a depth of flavor that cannot be replicated with other cooking methods. The smoky flavor from the wood chips and the low and slow cooking process work together to create a tender, juicy chicken that is full of flavor. The addition of the Alabama white sauce takes the chicken to the next level, adding a tangy, zesty flavor that perfectly complements the smokiness of the meat.The sweet potato fries are the perfect accompaniment to the chicken, with their crispy exterior and sweet, creamy interior. By frying the fries in hot oil, they become golden brown and crunchy, making them the perfect texture to pair with the tender chicken.

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