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Old MacDonald’s Cupcake Chicken

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Courtesy of Gregg MacDonald


  • 6-12 boneless chicken thighs
  • 12 teaspoons butter
  • your favorite BBQ rub
  • your favorite BBQ sauce


Place a good bit of BBQ rub in a bowl, then take a boneless chicken thigh and flatten it out. Put the flattened boneless thigh in the bowl with the rub, turn over and coat both sides. Place a small pat of butter into each compartment of a muffin or cupcake pan. Shape the coated chicken thigh into a ball and place one into each compartment of the muffin or cupcake pan, like you would a muffin or a cupcake. Repeat this process until all the compartments of the muffin or cupcake pan are full. Place the cupcake or muffin pan on top of another flat pan to catch any spillage from the cupcake pan. Place them in the oven, already preheated to 350 degrees. Check with a meat thermometer after about 20 minutes of cooking. The chicken should be cooked to a core temperature of about 165 degrees. When the internal temperature of 165 degrees is achieved, glaze the chicken with BBQ sauce, add another pat of butter on top of each piece of chicken, and put back into the oven for another 10 minutes.

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