This smoked chicken breast recipe delivers tender and juicy meat infused with rich and robust flavor!

So, fire up your smoker, fill it with your favorite chip or pellet flavor, and get ready to bring the heat!

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Best Smoked Chicken Breast

  • Whether you own a Traeger pellet, a Masterpiece electric grill, or a Weber, this simple recipe is for new and seasoned smoker enthusiasts.
  • Homemade smoked chicken breasts add a serious flavor upgrade to sandwiches, salads, soups, and casseroles.
  • If your smoker has dual grills or extra space, smoke chicken breasts with drumsticks, or meatballs!
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Ingredients and Variations

Chicken – This recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Be aware that bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts will take longer to cook. Frozen breasts should be patted dry to allow the rub to adhere, they’ll take longer than thawed chicken.

Rub – This DIY rub has a little bit of sweet, savory, and spicy elements to it. Feel free to adjust the amounts to your liking. Make a double batch and have plenty for seasoning chicken all summer long!

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Smoking Equipment

For perfectly cooked, juicy and flavorful smoked chicken, always use a meat thermometer to gauge doneness. This helps in two ways; you won’t undercook the chicken and you can prevent overcooking – when smoking any kind of meat this can mean a matter of minutes. A dual-pronged digital BBQ thermometer allows for temperature tracking of the smoker and the meat inside, plus it’s got smart wireless technology.

Smokers

Choose the brand and type of smoker based on your budget, the space you have to use and store it, and how often you’ll be using it. Fuel type (wood, electric, charcoal, gas) will also determine what kind you’ll find easiest to use and maintain. No matter if it’s a TraegerWeber, or other brand, follow the manufactures guidelines for best success.

Pellets & Chips

Wood pellets are genuinely classified as mild, medium, or strong and mostly come in alder, hickory, oak, pecan, mesquite, apple, or cherry.

Pellet Tips!

Hardwood pellets produce more smoke than pellets from fruit trees. Find a combination (or refer to the package) to determine what flavor goes with what protein or experiment on your own!

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How to Make Smoked Chicken Breast

  1. Preheat smoker and place chips in the smoker chamber.
  2. Make the rub, according to the instructions in the recipe below.
  3. Coat chicken breasts with olive oil and rub.
  4. Cook chicken to an internal temperature of 160°F.
  5. Remove chicken from smoker and rest it under foil for 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Important!

Confirm that the wood and smoke are completely ready before adding the chicken since the actual smoking takes place in the first few minutes.

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Ways to Use Smoked Chicken Breast

These smoked chicken breasts are so delicious and perfect paired with rice, potatoes or a simple pasta or quinoa salad. Use them to make a delicious bistro-style smoked chicken salad sandwich on ciabatta bread or tasty chicken lettuce wraps.

Add leftover chunks of smoked chicken to a creamy ranch chicken salad, or add a delicious smoky flavor to a chicken and noodle entree.

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Storing Chicken

  • Keep leftover smoked chicken breast in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Only slice what you need at the time to prevent the rest of the breast from drying out.
  • Reheat chicken in the microwave, air fryer, or on the stovetop covered with a little water.
  • Freeze in zippered bags for up to a month.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying hot or cold.

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Smoked Chicken Breasts

Easy, zesty, smoked chicken breasts that take a fraction of the time of a beef brisket or pulled pork shoulder but taste just as smokey good! Excellent addition to pasta, and salad.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Candace

Ingredients  

Rub

Instructions 

  • Preheat smoker to 225-235°F. Add hickory wood chunks to smoker chamber.
  • In a small bowl, combine the rub ingredients.
  • Brush olive oil over both sides of chicken breasts and season the chicken pieces with rub.
  • Place chicken on rack of smoker (upper or lower).
  • Insert digital BBQ 1st probe inside smoker to maintain range of 225˚F-235˚F. Insert digital BBQ 2nd probe inside center of chicken breast.
  • Smoke at 230°F for 45 minutes or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 160°F.
  • Remove chicken from smoker, tent with aluminum foil and let rest for 30 minutes, ensuring temperature reaches 165°F.

Notes

  • Refrigerate leftover smoked chicken breast in a covered container for up to 5 days.
  • Slice only what you need to prevent the rest of the breast from drying out.
  • Reheat in the microwave, air fryer, or on the stovetop covered with a little water.
  • Smoked chicken can be frozen in zippered bags for up to a month.
  • Use leftovers in other recipes.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 298 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1426mg | Potassium: 859mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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  1. Thanks for writing this! I’ve been bbqing all year and looking forward to it again this weekend! Excited to try burgers for my next cookout.

    1. Enjoy the recipe Miquel, we do love these quick and easy smoked chicken breasts! We’ve got burgers on deck ourselves this weekend!

  2. My chicken took twice as long to get to temp that what recipe said it would. It seems like everything I cook takes twice as long as it says it will. Am I doing something wrong?