Cider Poached BBQ Chicken With Alabama White Sauce And Bacon Apple Salad

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Author Notes: One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is update the treasured flavors and recipes of my upbringing. I was lucky enough to grow up on the now "Food52-famous" white barbecue sauce, since my mother is a proud Northwest Alabama transplant here in Nashville. It is always put out at meals when there is a plain roasted bird, or especially with grilled or smoked chicken. Living in a small apartment and cooking for just myself one evening, I was craving good, smoked meat and white sauce but I didn't want to drive somewhere to get it, only to be disappointed that it didn't compare to the sauce and bird of my beloved matriarchs.WhileItRises


Serves 4

White Sauce

  • 3/4 cup Good mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid smoke; may seem weird if you aren't familiar but it is actually all natural and delicious.
  • dashes Cayenne
  • Salt and lots of pepper to taste
  1. Whisk all ingredients together and store in the fridge.

Poached Chicken and Salad

  • 3 cups Apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Good mustard
  • 1/4 cup Liquid smoke
  • 3 tablespoons Sweet tomato-based BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Cayenne
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Skinless chicken thighs; could use any cut of chicken if preferred
  • 5 Strips of smoky bacon, 2 kept whole and 3 diced
  • 1 Large apple, peel left on and diced
  • 2-3 Green onions, sliced thinly along the bias
  • 2 cups Salad greens, I used a spinach and arugula mix
  1. Combine all ingredients from apple cider to cayenne in a medium pot. Mix thoroughly. Taste, then salt and pepper until balanced. Place the chicken and 2 whole strips of bacon in the pot. If you're using a different part of the chicken and it is not covered, add more cider until it is covered. Bring to just below a simmer. Cook until chicken is done, can't recommend a thermometer enough for this.
  2. Meanwhile, prep your diced bacon, apples, and green onions. When the chicken is about halfway done, start frying the bacon in a nonstick skillet. Once golden brown and crispy, turn off the heat, leaving the skillet in the same place and mix the apples in, coating them in bacony deliciousness. Add just a pinch of salt and plenty of pepper.
  3. Once the chicken is done, prepare your plates. Lay down about a 1/2 cup of greens per serving, and spoon the bacon and apples over the greens. Don't be afraid of the drippings. Place a piece of chicken on top, and generously drizzle the white sauce over the salad and the chicken. Top with plenty of green onions, and enjoy.

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