Quaker Steak and Lube Smoked Jalapeno Honey Wings

I love to make my own wing sauces, but I have to admit, I’m a sucker for bottled sauces too. Specially when they’re as good as the Smoked Jalapeno Honey wing sauce from Quaker Steak and Lube. Anita I had lunch at a Quaker Steak and Lube on the north side of Cincinnati.

I enjoyed a big ole helping of their fantastic wings tossed in just the right amount of Smoked Jalapeno Honey sauce. And yes, after one bite I decided I was going home with a bottle of the sauce for my homemade wings. Just the right amount of heat and sweet, with a little light smokiness, this sauce is very tasty and not spicy enough to scare off your I-don’t-like-spicy friends.
Quaker Steak and Lube Smoked Jalapeno Honey WingsI would say that I on occasion have a good number of wing sauce bottles on hand. That used to worry me, but honestly, I eat wings so often that they don’t last very long at all. Specially when they are as good as the Smoked Jalapeno Honey wing sauce from Quaker Steak and Lube. I wish they had a restaurant here in Indy. I do love their wings (though they certainly serve a lot more than wings).

I also love Quaker Steak and Lube’s Louisiana Lickers and Arizona Ranch wing sauces.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Quaker Steak and Lube Smoked Jalapeno Honey Wings

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 -8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the wings

Instructions

Lemon Pepper Marinaded Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Weber has a line of marinade mixes that you add juice to that are really, really good. They’re perfect for flavoring chicken like this lemon pepper marinaded chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy. I picked up a package of each and used them to marinate my favorite, split chicken breasts. The Lemon Pepper marinade is mixed with lemon juice to produce wonderfully seasoned chicken. A little garlicky, a little herby and a little lemony, it’s a nice light refreshing marinade.
Lemon Pepper Marinaded Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Since it cooks at a high temperature you do have to watch that your lemon pepper marinaded chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy doesn’t char. One way to help prevent that is to not use marinades containing substances that might burn, like sugar or honey. The other is to rinse the chicken before cooking. Now, you’re going to lose a bit of flavor doing that, but if like me you’re going to remove the skin before eating, it really doesn’t make that big of a difference.

Weber makes all sorts of great flavored Just Add Juice marinades. Check out my garlic and herb marinaded chicken, and teriyaki chicken, also cooked on the Big Easy.Weber Marinades

Lemon Pepper Marinaded Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a resealable bag or container.
  • Add marinade to taste. Toss to coat.
  • Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Transfer the chicken to the Big Easy basket.
  • Cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound or until it reaches 165 F as checked in several places.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken using the Vortex

This. Right. Here. Absolutely divine ‘fried’ chicken, hot off my charcoal grill. Yes, grill. Before I got a Vortex, I had no idea that not only could I make fried chicken on a grill, I could make it with almost no effort at all. No deep fryer, no mess.This spicy buttermilk fried chicken is beyond tender and juicy. It has a wonderful spicy kick to it, but it’s not overwhelming. And the skin? Oh, crunchy and delicious. Perfection without the oil.
Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken using the VortexThere’s absolutely nothing I would change about this recipe for spicy buttermilk fried chicken. I enjoyed every single bite immensely. I think it’s the perfect fried chicken, and considering that I made it on my grill without deep frying it, I just could not possibly be happier with it.

To make sure the skin crisps up good and that the chicken pieces cook evenly, do not over-crowd them on your grill. Also, I do not flip my chicken as it cooks. I put it on, close the lid, and don’t mess with the chicken for 45 minutes. Just let it do it’s thing.

I also make a crazy good spicy BBQ chicken using the Vortex. And Granny’s Secret fried chicken is amazing too!

Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken using the Vortex

Note: To cook 10-12 pieces of chicken at once you'll need at least a 22" charcoal grill
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 45 minutes
Servings 10 pieces

Ingredients

For the buttermilk marinade

  • 2 quarts buttermilk
  • 1 large onion sliced thin
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 10-12 chicken pieces

For the seasoning mix

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

For the chicken coating

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 of the seasoning mix from above

For the egg wash

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

For cooking

  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Combine the buttermilk marinade ingredients (except for the chicken) in a large resealable container.
  • Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
  • Combine all of the seasoning mix ingredients. Divide into two equally-sized batches.
  • Fire up your charcoal grill with the Vortex in the center. Make sure the lid and bottom air vents are open.
  • Whisk together the coating ingredients and place into a large resealable bag.
  • Whisk together the egg wash ingredients and place into a pie pan or large bowl.
  • Working in batches, remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off the excess.
  • Sprinkle with one half of the seasoning mix.
  • Transfer to the egg wash and coat well.
  • Shake off the excess and add to the baggie. Seal and shake to coat.
  • Arrange chicken around the edges of your grill (once the coals are hot and ashed over). Cover and cook for 45 minutes, rotating the lid every 15 minutes.
  • The last 5 minutes of cooking lightly brush the tops of the chicken with the oil to help crisp the skin even more.
  • Once chicken is done (165 F as measured in several places), remove and let cool slightly before serving.

Parmesan Chicken Bites

Anita mentioned these Parmesan chicken bites the other day. I made them a long time ago and posted them on our old blog, Crossroads of America, and somehow had forgotten about them. That’s a shame because they’re really great. They aren’t nuggets like you might think. And they aren’t crunchy because they aren’t fried. They have a light coating, with a great herb-and-butter flavor. They are very addicting.
Parmesan Chicken BitesI continued the herb theme and served these Parmesan chicken bites with a cool Ranch dressing for dipping. A Dijon dipping sauce also works great, as does blue cheese. These little yummy morsels are a great alternative to deep-fried chicken nuggets.

Want ’em crunchy? Try my homemade chicken nuggets.

Parmesan Chicken Bites

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • Your favorite dipping sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.
  • Combine the breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, thyme and basil and spread out in a pie plate.
  • Working in batches, dip the chicken pieces into the melted butter and shake off the excess. Roll in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Place chicken on foil and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the thickest pieces are cooked.
  • Serve with your favorite chicken nugget dipping sauce.

Quick Fix Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Sandwich

I love cooking meals from scratch. But sometimes reality hits and I have to throw something together that doesn’t require a lot of preparation. That’s where this quick fix copycat of McDonald’s chicken sandwich comes in. In less than 30 minutes I get to enjoy a rather tasty chicken sandwich. Heck it even has fresh toppings on it and a rather tasty (but incredibly simple) sauce. Hey, it’s not bad when you’re in a crunch, and I often find myself making little changes to mix things up a bit.
quick-fix-copycat-mcdonalds-chicken-sandwichAdd a little kick to your quick fix copycat McDonald’s chicken sandwich by substituting Tyson’s spicy chicken patties, adding a slice of pepper jack cheese, and adding Sriracha instead of onion powder when making the sauce.

Also try my copycat of McDonald’s addicting French fries.

Quick Fix Copycat McDonald's Chicken Sandwich

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the McChicken sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 dash onion powder

Instructions

  • Heat the chicken per package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce by whisking together the ingredients.
  • Toast the buns if desired. Slather both bun halves with the sauce.
  • Add the heated chicken patties, lettuce and tomato (and onion if using) and serve.

White Garlic Chicken Pizza

This white garlic chicken pizza reminded me that I really need to eat more white sauce pizza. I usually opt for red, making my own sauce, but the creamy, garlicky, cheesy sauce on this pizza was fantastic. Black olives, shallot, moist and tender chicken and Mozzarella topped it all off delicious bite-after-bite.
White Garlic Chicken PizzaI used chicken that I had roasted on my Char-Broil Big Easy when making this white garlic chicken pizza, but any cooked chicken will do. Grab a rotisserie chicken next time you’re at the store and shred or chop it. Perfect.

Also try my BBQ chicken and muffaletta flatbread pizzas.

White Garlic Chicken Pizza

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 pizzas

Ingredients

For the white garlic pizza sauce

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano dried
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

For the pizza

  • 2 10 " pre-made pizza crusts
  • 10 ounces cooked chicken shredded, chopped or cubed
  • 2 medium shallots sliced thin
  • Black olives sliced
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish, if desired

Instructions

For the white garlic pizza sauce

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Whisk in the flour, pepper, salt and oregano. Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Slowly add the milk while whisking.
  • Remove from heat and add the cheese. Stir to melt.
  • Use sauce immediately.

For the pizza

  • Preheat oven per package instructions.
  • Spread sauce out on both crusts.
  • Add chicken, shallots and olives, followed by the cheese.
  • Bake until the crusts are crisp, golden brown, and the cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with parsley, slice and serve.

Garlic and Herb Marinaded Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Weber has a line of marinade mixes that you add juice to that are really, really good. And they’re perfect for flavoring chicken before cooking it on the Char-Broil Big Easy. I picked up a package of each and used them to marinate my favorite, split chicken breasts. The garlic and herb marinade is mixed with lemon juice to produce wonderfully seasoned chicken. A hint of garlic, a hint of lemon, and a mix of earthy herbs.
Garlic and Herb Marinaded Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasySince the Big Easy cooks at a high temperature you do have to watch that your chicken doesn’t char. One way to help prevent that is to not use marinades containing substances that might burn, like sugar or honey. The other is to rinse the chicken before cooking. Now, you’re going to lose a bit of flavor doing that, but if like me you’re going to remove the skin before eating, it really doesn’t make that big of a difference.

Weber makes all sorts of great flavored Just Add Juice marinades. I’ve also made chicken marinaded in their fantastic citrus herb and lemon pepper marinades.

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!
Weber Marinades

Garlic and Herb Marinaded Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: I prefer to rinse the marinade off the outside of the chicken since it will tend to burn. The meat has already absorbed the flavors of the marinade.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a resealable bag or container.
  • Add marinade to taste. Toss to coat.
  • Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Transfer the chicken to the Big Easy basket.
  • Cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound or until it reaches 165 F as checked in several places.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

I made a batch of tremendously good baked smothered chicken burritos the other day. The chicken was cooked slow all day, resulting in the perfect tender filling. I was still flashing back to them when I came across this idea for slow cooker cream cheese chicken taquitos. Just like the burritos, these taquitos are stuffed with fantastically tasty chicken that just falls apart as it cooks.
Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken TaquitosThe creamy chicken and melted smooth cheese needed a little kick in my opinion, so I topped the taquitos with diced jalapenos and spicy salsa. Then all was right in the world again!

Also try my slow cooker creamy Italian chicken.

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

Course Main
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

For the cream cheese chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • 1/3 cup water

For the taquitos

  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese or combine shredded extra sharp cheddar with taco seasoning
  • 12 6 inch flour tortillas
  • Your favorite toppings extra cheese, chopped fresh cilantro, salsa, jalapenos, green onions, etc

Instructions

For the cream cheese chicken

  • Add all of the chicken ingredients to a slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or until the chicken is fall-apart tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the chicken and shred or chop as desired.
  • Return chicken to the slow cooker, stir, and cook another 15 minutes.

For the taquitos

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Lay tortillas out onto a flat surface.
  • Spoon 2-4 tablespoons of chicken into the middle of each tortilla.
  • Top with 1-2 tablespoons of cheese.
  • Roll tortillas up tightly and place seam-side down into the baking dish.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the tortillas are lightly browned and hardened.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.

Fowl Play Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Fowl Play marinade by The Shed BBQ adds tremendous flavor to any cut of chicken. As soon as I opened it I knew that I was in for nothing but goodness. I detected soy sauce. Apple juice. Citrus. It’s tangy with a slight hint of vinegar. Fowl Play Chicken cooked on the Char-Broil Big Easy comes out incredibly flavorful all the way through.
Fowl Play Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyI used split bone-in chicken breasts, marinating them for 4 hours before placing them into the Big Easy. The skin doesn’t get crispy because of all that time in the marinade, but the meat… oh my goodness. So tender and juicy and good! Incredible. If you’re looking for a quick, painless way to make masterful chicken on the Big Easy this is it.

I was a bit worried that maybe some of the spices in Fowl Play might burn from the high heat in the Big Easy but they did not. You have to watch for that if you’re using anything with large chunks of things like minced garlic.

I’m a big fan of store-bought marinated chicken like this Fowl Play chicken or Chiavetta’s chicken cooked on the Big Easy. It’s as simple as it gets.

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

Fowl Play Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a resealable bag or container.
  • Add marinade to taste. Toss to coat.
  • Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Transfer the chicken to the Big Easy basket.
  • Cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound or until it reaches 165 F as checked in several places.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Oh me how happy was I with this pizza? Darned happy, that’s how happy! All of my favorite things. Crunchy pizza crust. Moist, tender chicken, cheese, smoky BBQ sauce, and of course, some heat! BBQ chicken pizza was a big hit in our household, that’s for sure!
BBQ Chicken PizzaBBQ chicken pizza is also the easiest, tastiest way to use up leftover cooked chicken. You can also make this same recipe using leftover pulled pork or smoked brisket.

I used a smoky, hickory-flavored BBQ sauce since the chicken I used was roasted and didn’t have that much smoky flavor. If I was going to use smoked pork or beef I’d use a sauce without a smoky flavor since there’s already enough of that in the meat.

Also try my white garlic chicken pizza.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 pizza
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 large pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce use a thinner, hickory-flavored sauce for the best results
  • 10 ounces cooked chicken chopped or shredded
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/3 cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped roasted jalapenos or substitute sliced pickled jalapenos
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven per pizza crust instructions.
  • Brush some of the BBQ sauce over the pizza crust.
  • Combine chicken and BBQ sauce. Spread evenly over the crust.
  • Add onion, cheeses, and jalapenos.
  • Bake per crust instructions.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro, slice and serve.