- 1 whole chicken
- 3 cups of chopped okra, yellow corn, potatoes, red onion
- 2 cups of olive oil
- Apple Wood Chips
- 1 Smoker
- After making chopping the vegetables, place the in a large bowl.
- Clean, brine and dry the chicken and then place it in the bowl of vegetables
- rub 2 cups of olive oil into the chicken with the vegetables over it
- let marinate for at least 6 hours
- smoke the chicken at a temp of 225-275 to an internal temp of >160 degrees.
- After reaching th internal temp, let cool for about 30 minutes
- serve on a bed of vegetables or with jollof rice
I say that because, sometimes I have ideas and Felicia, my Nigerian American wife to be, in my life will come along and make it better. Most of the recipes I have put up on lately, have been influenced by her in some way. This recipe is no different. In keeping with our summer series on bbq and healthy eating, I had to get back to my roots and put up at least one grilled chicken recipe.
But everyone has grilled chicken. So I had this whole chicken in my freezer just staring at me for weeks. I just could not figure out what flavors I wanted, so until then, that bird just sat. It was not until last week where Felicia asked me about meal prepping and I thought ohhhhh chicken! Lets smoke a Whole Chicken. But I have been here before, I want to smoke a chicken but what flavors? Enter Felicia in her infinite ovarian wisdom passed down from the ages, ” Why don’t you marinade it in fresh okra?” Ok…..Im listening.
So I spoke it over with Felicia and she gave some some ideas. As a Nigerian American, Felicia’s family is from the Akwa Ibom state and from my involvement with this woman and her family, they are AMAZING COOKS!! I mean the Lord really knew what he was doing and creating this woman. Through Felicia, I have discovered African Stew (https://www.africanbites.com/chicken-stew-african-style/). Then she cut up some vegetables and made the marinade. After about 12 hours, I stuffed this bird with some okra and corn then smoked it over some apple wood chips for a couple of hours. It was so juicy, we ate two leg quarters for dinner.
Remember Fellas: Behind Every Black man is a Black Woman rolling her eyes
Shout out to Felicia and her West African perspective on Chicken for this Post and since it is Wednesday, my #WCW goes out to my future wife, Felicia Ekpo
Celebrate the Culture,
Dr. Joe Claiborne