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Sous Vide BBQ Chicken Thighs Recipe

This recipe and over 99 others are available in our book Beginning Sous Vide which you can get at Amazon.com or as a pdf download.

Using sous vide for chicken thighs results in very tender meat and grilling them at the end with BBQ sauce adds the requisite smokiness you need for great BBQ chicken thighs.

You can also view our sous vide chicken guide for an in-depth look at how sous vide affects chicken and see our other sous vide chicken recipes.

Sous Vide BBQ Chicken Thighs Recipe

Cooking Time: 2 - 4 hours (why the range?)
Temperature: 160 F
Serves: 4

Sous Vide BBQ Chicken Thighs Ingredients

6 chicken thighs
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
3 sprigs of thyme
1-2 cups BBQ sauce

Pre-Bath Preparation

Pre-heat the sous vide water bath to 160 F.

Trim most of the excess fat off of the thighs. Evenly distribute the garlic powder over them, then salt and pepper each one. Place the chicken thighs in the sous vide pouches with one half of a thyme sprig per thigh then vacuum seal them.

Cook the sous vide chicken thighs for around two hours at 160 F.

Finishing the Sous Vide Chicken Thighs

Heat a grill to high-heat. You won?t be cooking the thighs long on it, just searing them, so use the hottest setting.

Remove the sous vide chicken thighs from the pouch, blot dry with a paper towel, and place on a plate. Smear a light layer of the BBQ sauce on the thighs then place on the grill and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until the sauce starts to blacken and the thighs have a good sear on them.

Remove the sous vide chicken thighs from the grill, smear another light layer of BBQ sauce on them and serve with the rest of the sauce on the side.

These sous vide chicken thighs go great with watermelon, green beans, or wild rice.

Get more great sous vide recipes in our book Beginning Sous Vide which you can get at Amazon.com or as a pdf download.


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