Smoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso


Smoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso ready to smash.

Dip into some incredible Smoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso! Slowly smoked and shredded, the fiery red chicken and melty cheese are topped with a punch of chopped pickles and jalapeños. Each dip is a flavor explosion in the mouth, one you must try.

 

Cheesy Smoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso

 

Nashville Hot Chicken has been seen in many forms over the years, and that’s because it’s freaking delicious. Sandwiches, wraps, fried… and of course here we have it with queso. The design of this recipe keeps the process very simple with minimal prep. That gives you more time to eat and less to worry about.

 

Smoking the chicken and the queso together speeds up the process. Rather than using a whole chicken, boneless thighs are my choice for their higher fat content which provides more flavor, and significantly less cooking time. Did I mention this was easy?

 

The marinated chicken getting seasoned before hitting the smoker.

 

For other cheesy chicken recipes, check out my Nashville Hot Smoked Cream CheeseCheesy Buffalo Chicken Sliders and Chicken Wing Skewers.

 

Tex-Mex Queso

 

Smoked queso is a special dish with many variations. This recipe has two base ingredients that keep it close to the classic Tex-Mex, creamy style: Velveeta and cream cheese. Adding in melty Monterey Jack and the sharp cheddar helps to build layers of flavor and richness. You can use this base recipe to make any type of queso you’d want, but I highly recommend you start here!

 

All the different cheeses in the skillet, ready to become Smoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso.

 

Layers of Nashville Hot Flavor for Our Smoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso

 

One of the aspects that makes Nashville Hot so delicious are the multitude of layers with flavoring. This starts with a brine of pickle juice and hot sauce, allowing the chicken thighs to soak in and tenderize for a few hours before we smoke them.

 

After the marinade, season the chicken is generously with the Nashville Hot Seasoning before taking a wood-fired bath. Are you following? That’s three layers of flavor right there. Yes, the queso is another layer, which we top with the chopped pickles and pickled jalapenos. If there’s anything I’ve learned from eating copious amounts of the real Nashville Hot, it’s that those pickle flavors really help everything come alive.

 

For another great queso recipe, check out this Skillet Choriqueso.

 

Smoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso coming together at the same time in the smoker.

 

 

Cheese getting smoked and ready for the chicken.

 

Keep it Simple, Smoke Nashville Hot Chicken Queso All at Once

 

Typically when you’re smoking chicken there are many tips and tricks to nail the best skin, the juiciest flavors, and the most amount of smoke. Here, we are going to shred the chicken, which means that many of those elements are not important. Let’s keep it simple with the process.

 

Use skinless, boneless chicken thighs. Marinate for at least 2 hours, season, and place them on a baking sheet lined with foil. Doing so will keep the chicken moist, also retaining the juices. You’ll have plenty of smoke flavor, don’t forget, that queso is also smoking alongside the chicken. Once the chicken is ready, just let it rest briefly before shredding and you’re done. Grab a bag of chips and some ice-cold beers. It’s time to dip!

 

A chip getting dipped into Smoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso.

 

For more delicious recipes, check out my second cookbook Flavor X Fire or my first cookbook Food X Fire!

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Smoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Marinate
2 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins
 

Smoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso for a delicious, savory and spicy cheese dip!

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 777 kcal
Author: Brad Prose
Ingredients
Chicken:
Queso:
  • 1 1/2 cup half and half
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temp
  • 16 ounces Velveeta queso blanco cubed
  • 1 cup finely grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning
  • Chopped pickles and pickled jalapeños for garnish
Instructions
  1. Mix the chicken with hot sauce and pickle brine. Allow to marinate in the fridge covered for at least 2 hours, up to 6 hours.
  2. Heat up the smoker for indirect cooking at 275°F.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and season generously with the Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning. Set chicken on a baking sheet lined with foil, this will help keep the chicken moist for shredding later.
  4. Prepare the queso. Add all of the ingredients to a skillet, topping with additional Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning.
  5. Place both the chicken and the queso in the smoker. After about 30 minutes, check on the queso and begin to stir it up, breaking up the cheeses and whisking together. You may need to do this a few times before it becomes completely smooth. If the queso happens to be done early, remove from the smoker and keep warm.
  6. Continue to cook until the chicken is 165°F internal temperature. Remove the pan from the smoker and cover with foil for about 10 minutes to allow it to rest.
  7. Shred the chicken and mix into the queso. Top with a combination of chopped pickles and pickled jalapenos. Serve with tortilla chips of your choosing.

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Nutrition Facts
Smoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso
Amount Per Serving
Calories 777 Calories from Fat 531
% Daily Value*
Fat 59g91%
Saturated Fat 30g188%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 238mg79%
Sodium 2492mg108%
Potassium 682mg19%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 1919IU38%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 820mg82%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not dietitians or nutritionist. Nutritional information on overthefirecooking.com comes from online calculators. While we attempt to make this information accurate, it should only been viewed as an estimate.

 

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