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 
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!