Smoked Chicken Thighs

It was a challenge to continue to be on Whole30 and celebrate the 4th of July. So I decided to do some research and find a recipe that sounded good and was still Whole30 compliant. I found a recipe on Recipe Diaries and tried it out on a wing and a prayer. Or a thigh? Anyway, it turned out really good! Smoked and then finished in the oven. I adjusted to recipe due to spiciness and amount of thighs.

    12 chicken thighs
    2 tbsp clarified butter
    2 tsp paprika
    1 tbsp chili powder
    1 tbsp thyme
    1 tbsp garlic powder
    1 tbsp cayenne
    1 tbsp salt
    2 tbsp black pepper

 Take clarified butter, melt it down, and rub or brush each thigh thoroughly with it. Mix all of your spices together and coat all thighs well. Place your thighs skin side down on a smoker cooking indirect at 225 degrees(if you don't remember my indirect method, click here). I used hickory chips(about 1/4 bag, soaked) and charcoal to smoke the chicken. I smoked the chicken  1 1/2 hours on the smoker(only turning once) then cooked in the oven 1 1/2 hours at 225 degrees.

I will say now, that this was BETTER than the recipe where I marinate it in Dale's Seasoning. Yes, it is that good! And it is Whole30 compliant!

Blueberry Lara Bars

We were introduced to a new kind of snack while we were doing our Whole30 program that became a game changer for us. What we liked about the Lara Bars was that there is no added sweetener to some of their bars, therefore making them Whole30 compliant.

The recipe we made was blueberry. These were very tasty, and a good alternative to snack or protein bars.

1 1/2 cups pitted dates
1 1/2 cups almonds
1/2 cup dried blueberries
2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp lemon zest

Take all of your ingredients and place in a food processor. Pulse the ingredients until they are blended well but still chunky. The bonding of the ingredients will work better if it is not over processed.

Take the mixture and place in any refrigerator safe container lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly on paper, about 1/4 inch thick. Place in fridge and let set for 2 hours.

Remove from fridge and cut with a pizza cutter the size you would like. In the size we cut, we made them about 4 inches long and got 12 bars from it. Individually wrap with parchment paper or aluminum foil and place back in fridge until ready to eat.

These are a tasty treat and Whole30 approved if you just leave the chia seeds out. Try this sometime!