Smoked chicken breasts are one of the easiest meats to smoke and they absorb the smoke quickly, perfectly and evenly. They are so juicy! Smoke the chicken on the smoker with another smoking project on a different rack like when I’m finishing off a long smoking dish such as an 8-10 hour beef brisket or pork shoulder for delicious pulled pork buns with coleslaw

The chicken breasts can also be done on the BBQ with wood chips on indirect heat which makes an amazing smoked BBQ chicken ready to serve. This smoked chicken breast recipe is mainly developed for boneless, skinless chicken breast in the smoker. 

sliced smoked chicken breast with whole chicken breast on a white cutting board

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How To Smoke Chicken Breast

Whether you are making Traeger smoked chicken breast or Weber smoked chicken breast, expect amazing results and be ready for the best smoked chicken you will ever taste. Fire up the smoker, and get the temperature to 225-235F. Add hickory chunks to the chamber of the smoker. 

Preparing the chicken is super easy. Simply cover the chicken breasts in olive oil and season them with the rub. This is the best chicken rub recipe for smoking chicken because it has a nice zesty note, and we love zesty as you can tell. Use the rub recipe here or use your favorite rub. We love Patio Provisions rubs and sauces.

Actual smoking takes place when you first place the chicken in the smoker so make sure the wood and smoke are fully ready. Add the chicken to the grate and close the smoker.

closeup of a juicy slice of smoked chicken breast on a fork

How Long To Smoke Chicken Breast

Smoking chicken breasts takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on whether you are smoking the chicken breast with the skin and bone-in or skinless and boneless. When you have the bone-in and skin on it can take closer to an hour and a half to two hours.

The key is to cook the chicken breasts until the thickest part of the breast reaches an internal temperature of 160F on a digital thermometer.

Once the chicken is removed from the smoker, tent it with heavy aluminum foil for 30 minutes (make sure it reaches a temperature of 165F).

closeup of a sliced smoked boneless breast on a white cutting board and a slice of chicken on a fork with smoked chicken breasts in the background

Smoking Equipment

My husband likes to use his BBQ gadgets and the digital BBQ thermometer is his latest favorite smoking companion, other than an ice cold beer. Monitor the internal temperature of the meat using a digital BBQ thermometer. I ordered mine from Amazon. The multiple probes on this thermometer are connected to the Internet, making monitoring so easy. 

We have a Weber Bullet smoker (18″ Grill Model) that I bought my hubby for our 10th anniversary. (A great gift for me too, right?) It has two grates which allows him to add another meat, such as chicken breasts, and smoke them at the same time as a brisket or pork shoulder. The other bonus is that the best wood for smoking chicken is hickory, which is also used for beef brisket.

4 smoked chicken breasts

What To Do With Smoked Chicken Breast

I love this smoked chicken recipe when smoking another piece of meat. It takes no extra time, as it cooks at the same time. The smoked chicken doesn’t have to be the main course and can be refrigerated or frozen for later use.

Infuse a smoked flavor to dishes by adding sliced smoked chicken to:

3 whole smoked chicken breasts with a sliced smoked boneless chicken breast on a white cutting board and a slice of chicken on a fork

Through lots of trial and error and experimenting with flavors, the best rub for smoking chicken is the rub in this recipe. A nice zesty, smokey rub that compliments many dishes and sides such as Smoked Macaroni and Cheese.

Get fired up for the best smoked chicken breasts ever!

sliced smoked chicken breast with whole chicken breast on a white cutting board
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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 225F-235F. 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.
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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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4 smoked chicken breasts
3 whole smoked chicken breasts with a sliced smoked boneless chicken breast on a white cutting board and a slice of chicken on a fork

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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?