Smoked Chicken Breast – This boneless skinless chicken breast is covered in a homemade BBQ seasoning, smoked to tender and juicy perfection, and then rubbed with BBQ sauce. The most delicious chicken breasts you’ll ever have!
You’ll never want to eat chicken breasts any other way after trying them in a smoker. For a full dinner, serve your smoked chicken with glazed carrots and baked potato wedges.
I’ve been smoking a couple of different meats recently, and this smoked chicken breast is by far my pick! The chicken is flavorful, juicy, and simple to prepare. I like to make a double batch so I have plenty of leftovers for sandwiches the next day.
It doesn’t get any cooler or easier than this when it comes to smoked chicken breast! We’re obsessed with smoking on our Traeger smoker, and these smoked chicken breasts come out perfectly tender and juicy every time with a few tricks.
These chicken breasts are fully flavorful and never dry, unlike other chicken breast recipes. We’re sharing all of our smoking secrets, as well as the formula for our smoked chicken rub. It’s not to be missed!
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Let’s ignore the small talk and get back to the meat of the matter: how to smoke the finest chicken breasts you’ve ever had!
HOW DO YOU MAKE SMOKED CHICKEN BREASTS?
I suggest brining the chicken for a few hours before smoking it for the best results. The brine imparts flavor to the chicken while still preventing it from drying out in the smoker. A half-batch of my preferred brine recipe is included. The chicken is then rubbed with BBQ rub and placed in the smoker. A final coat of homemade BBQ sauce completes the dish, and dinner is served!
Rub for Smoked Chicken
This recipe begins with our smoked chicken rub, which gives these smoked chicken breasts a ton of flavor. In the perfect traeger smoked chicken breast, there’s a little sweetness, a little salt, a little fire, and all of the flavors you’re looking for. Here’s what you’ll require:
Brown Sugar Turbinado Sugar (if turbinado sugar is unavailable, just use more brown sugar)
Paprika with Celery Seeds
Black pepper Kosher salt
Garlic Powder Cayenne Pepper
After patting the chicken breasts flat, smother half of the chicken rub on top. Then place them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or up to a half hour to relax. Wrap them in bubble wrap if you leave them out for more than 15 minutes.
HOW LONG DOES A BONELESS CHICKEN BREAST TAKE TO SMOKE?
Smoking chicken breasts takes 60-90 minutes, depending on the size of the breasts. Breasts weighing 4-6 ounces will take an hour to prepare, while those weighing 8 ounces or more will take closer to 90 minutes. Using a thermometer to measure the thickest portion of the chicken breast is the easiest way to determine if it is fully cooked.
The Secret to Flavorful Smoked Chicken Breasts
The trick to smoking meat is to cook it at a low temperature for an extended period of time before allowing it to sit on the table. Since the muscle fibers get overworked during preparation, you must allow them to rest on the counter in order for the juices to redistribute; otherwise, as you cut into the beef, or in this situation, begin to tear it out, both of the juices will drain out, which is a huge mistake.
Remove the chicken from the grill until it has hit room temperature and place it on a cutting board with foil over it. Allow 3-5 minutes for the chicken to rest before slicing.
SMOKED CHICKEN BREAST TIPS
- To ensure that your chicken breasts cook uniformly and at the same time, make sure they are roughly the same size.
- Homemade BBQ rub and sauce, in my judgment, taste the finest. If you do use store-bought, it is also appropriate!
- The BBQ rub and BBQ sauce recipes can yield more than enough for this recipe. The rub will last for 6 months in a cold, dry environment, and any remaining BBQ sauce can be frozen.
- My smoked chicken is best served thinly sliced with potatoes and a vegetable.
- Leftover smoked chicken reheats well. Heat whole smoked chicken breasts until cooked through in a sealed baking dish at 325 degrees F.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS FOR SMOKED CHICKEN BREASTS
Just about everything goes well with chicken, whether you’re looking for a quick and nutritious meal or something a little more indulgent. Here are a few ideas for side dishes that go along with smoked chicken.
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- Optional, but strongly recommended, half-batch chicken brine
- 2 pound chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
- 1/3 cup homemade or store-bought BBQ spice rub
- 1 cup homemade or store-bought BBQ sauce
Follow the brine formula exactly, halving all of the ingredients. Refrigerate the chicken breasts for 2 hours after placing them in the brine tub.
Let the chicken out of the brine. Let the air dry. Preheat the grill to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rub the seasoning rub all over the chicken breasts.
Cook for 60-90 minutes in the smoker, or before a thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the breast reads 165 degrees F.
Brush the BBQ sauce on the chicken breasts, then burn for another 10 minutes.
Allow 5 minutes for the chicken to rest. Cut into slices and serve with any leftover BBQ sauce.
The amount of time it takes to cook chicken breasts depends on their size.
You can cook one or as many chicken breasts as your pellet grill can hold.
If you can't find turbinado sugar, replace it with equivalent quantities of brown sugar.
Smoked chicken keeps for 7 days in the refrigerator and 1 month in the fridge.