Tommy Bates Ministries

Mission Trips Inspire Everything

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”            

1 Peter 4:10

I love to cook and this is one of my most favored and requested recipes.  Whether it’s a church function or large family gathering, everyone seems to enjoy this fusion of spices blended into one unique rub perfect for poultry (or any meat.)   Inspired from my many mission trips to Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Trinidad; it’s bold,  flavorful, and I have yet to hear any complaints.  Recently, I’ve been asked to share the recipe and I have been hesitant.  Mainly, because I don’t use measurements.  However,  after much prodding, I am sharing to the best of my ability how to prepare this bold dish; but you you may want to tweak the spices to your liking!

“Mission Trip Chicken”

I always begin with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Start by sprinkling them lightly with Italian and Creole seasoning. (I like Tony’s Creole Seasoning.)  Then I sprinkle lightly with Cavender’s Greek Seasoning, (or any greek seasoning of your choice) and a little yellow curry and chili powder.  Saturate the thighs with olive oil  and combine all spices and rub until chicken is thoroughly covered.  You can also prepare these thighs on the grill.  Thighs have a smooth and a rough side.  Be sure to grill tough side down so that the juices from the chicken cook right into the thigh.  One other wonderful way to prepare is in a crock pot.  Start with a cup of water to prevent sticking and drying out.  Simply prep the thighs the same way and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours until chicken falls apart with a fork!


Sincere gratitude goes out to the Missions we support here at TBM that have influenced, not just this recipe, but us as brothers and sisters in Christ!

We love you all!

If you make your way to Kentucky soon, I may have a batch of this prepared just for you!

We’re saving you a seat at Community Family Church!

Pastor Tom

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