Best Smoky BBQ Chicken Thighs

By Alex Zar

Best Smoky BBQ Chicken Thighs Recipe: A Culinary Delight

"Get Smoked: A Culinary Journey with Chicken Thighs"

Embark on a culinary adventure with our Best Smoky BBQ Chicken Thighs, complemented by aromatic saffron rice and a tangy yogurt sauce. This recipe is a celebration of flavors, textures, and aromas, designed to bring a piece of gourmet cuisine into your home kitchen. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a curious foodie, this dish promises to deliver satisfaction and a burst of flavors.

Why This Recipe Works:

The combination of Saffronice's Smokey BBQ Rub Seasoning with the tender, juicy chicken thighs creates a symphony of smoky, savory, and slightly spicy flavors. The saffron rice, with its delicate floral notes, pairs beautifully with the robustness of the chicken, while the yogurt sauce adds a refreshing creaminess that balances the dish. This recipe is not just food; it's an experience.

Best Smoky BBQ Chicken Thighs Ingredients


For the Saffron Rice:

  • 2 cups basmati rice, rinsed
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • A pinch of saffron threads, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt, to taste

For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Detailed Ingredients Breakdown:

  • Chicken Thighs: The choice of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs is deliberate. This cut is known for its rich flavor and tenderness, making it the perfect canvas for our Smokey BBQ Rub Seasoning. The skin crisps up beautifully, providing a delightful texture contrast.

  • Saffronice's Smokey BBQ Rub Seasoning: A meticulously crafted blend of Thyme, Coriander, Cumin, Pink Salt, Ground Onion, Smoked Paprika, Black Peppercorns, and Saffron. Each spice contributes its unique profile, with the smoked paprika and saffron bringing a depth of color and a complexity of flavor that is unmatched.

  • Saffron Rice: A dish that stands out for its simplicity and elegance. Saffron, the star ingredient, is known for its vibrant color and distinctive flavor. It not only enhances the visual appeal of the rice but also infuses it with a luxurious aroma and taste.

  • Yogurt Sauce: This sauce is a blend of Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and minced garlic. It's the perfect complement to the smoky chicken, adding a layer of tangy, creamy goodness that elevates the dish to new heights.

Best Smoky BBQ Chicken Thighs Recipe

Step-by-Step Cooking Guide:

  1. Marination Magic: Marinating the chicken with our Smokey BBQ Rub Seasoning allows the flavors to penetrate deeply, ensuring that every bite is infused with the smoky, aromatic goodness of the rub. The optional addition of saffron powder gives an extra layer of luxury to the dish.

  2. Searing to Perfection: Searing the chicken skin-side down first ensures that the skin becomes perfectly crispy, locking in the juices and enhancing the flavor profile of the chicken.

  3. Oven Magic: Transferring the skillet to the oven allows the chicken to cook evenly, retaining its moisture and tenderness. This method also frees up your stovetop, making it easier to manage the preparation of the saffron rice and yogurt sauce.

  4. The Art of Saffron Rice: The key to perfect saffron rice lies in the quality of the saffron used. By using Saffronice's premium saffron, you're guaranteed a dish that's not only visually stunning but also rich in flavor. Remember, a little saffron goes a long way.

  5. Yogurt Sauce – The Final Touch: The yogurt sauce is more than just a condiment; it's a refreshing counterbalance to the smoky and savory elements of the dish. The lemon juice adds a burst of freshness, while the garlic brings a subtle warmth that complements the chicken beautifully.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve this dish on a large platter, family-style, to encourage sharing and interaction. The vibrant colors of the saffron rice, the golden-brown hues of the chicken, and the creamy white of the yogurt sauce create a feast for the eyes. Pair with a light salad or steamed greens to complete the meal.


This Best Smoky BBQ Chicken Thighs recipe is more than just a meal; it's a celebration of flavors, a testament to the quality of Saffronice's spices, and a showcase of culinary craftsmanship. Whether for a cozy family dinner or a special occasion, this dish is sure to impress.

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