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Easy Traeger Smoked Chicken Breast

25 Reviews

Smoked chicken breast doesn’t get any better or easier than this! We are obsessed with smoking on our Traeger smoker, and with a few tricks these smoked chicken breasts turn out perfectly tender and moist every time.

A photo of whole smoked chicken breasts and sliced smoked chicken breasts on a charcoal gray plate with lemon wedges and kale on the side.

Unlike other chicken breast recipes, these are totally flavorful chicken breasts that never come out dry! We are letting you in on all our smoking tips as well as our smoked chicken rub recipe. Don’t miss it!

Ok, have you used a Traeger grill yet? Or seen it be used? They always have Traeger demos going on here at our Costco, so go check it out at your local Costco or wherever you can find Traegers. And the next time you find a deal on a Traeger, get on board the Traeger train with us! These beauties are life-changing!

We’ve already shared our Brazilian Smoked Tri Tip, Smoked Pulled Pork, and Apple Pecan Smoked Turkey, so we were definitely due for a smoked chicken recipe!

Let’s skip all the small talk and get right to the details of smoking the best chicken breasts of your life!

A photo of whole smoked chicken breasts and on a charcoal gray plate with lemon wedges and kale on the side.

Smoked Chicken Rub

This recipe starts with our smoked chicken rub recipe that adds loads of flavor to these smoked chicken breasts. There is a little sweet, a little salt, a little heat, and every flavor you are looking for in the perfect traeger smoked chicken breast. Here is what you will need:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Turbinado Sugar (if you can’t find turbinado sugar, just use more brown sugar)
  • Celery Seed
  • Paprika
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder

Pat dry the chicken breasts and then smother the top of them with half of this chicken rub. Then let them rest for 15 minutes or up to a half hour in the refrigerator. If you let them rest longer than 15 minutes, wrap them with plastic wrap.

A photo of whole smoked chicken breasts and sliced smoked chicken breasts on a charcoal gray plate with lemon wedges and kale on the side.

How to Make Smoked Chicken Breasts

Now it is time to let the Traeger work its magic! Heat your smoker on “smoke” (on Traeger use the “super smoke”) with the lid open for 5 minutes. Then turn the heat to 350 degrees and close the lid for 15 minutes to allow it to warm up.

Place the chicken spiced side down and then liberally coat the underside with the rest if the smoked chicken rub. Close the lid and allow it to cook for 12-13 minutes. Then turn the chicken over and allow it to cook for another 10-12 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165-170 degrees.

A photo of sliced smoked chicken breasts and on a charcoal gray plate.

The Key to Perfectly Smoked Chicken Breasts

The key to smoking meat is to give it plenty of time at a low temperature and then plenty of time to rest on the counter as well. The muscle fibers get all worked up with cooking so you really need to let them relax again on the counter in order for the juices to redistribute, otherwise when you cut into the meat, or start to pull it apart in this case, all of the juices will run out which is a big mistake.

Once the chicken has reached temperature, remove the chicken from the grill and lay foil over the top of it on a cutting board. Let the chicken rest for 3-5 minutes before slicing.

How Long Does it Take to Smoke a Chicken at 350 Degrees?

All you need is about 40 minutes to have smoked chicken breasts. No waking up at 2am to start the smoker with this one! It is so quick and easy!

How Can You Tell if Chicken Breast is Cooked?

I love this little trick my mom taught me years ago. Touch your pointer finger and thumb together and the palm of your hand will tell you how a cooked chicken breast should feel. If it’s still jiggly it needs more time. Also, if you oiled your grill or the meat it should release from the grill grates when it is cooked. 

A photo of whole smoked chicken breasts and sliced smoked chicken breasts on a charcoal gray plate with lemon wedges and kale on the side.

Can Chicken Breast Be a Little Pink?

The USDA says that as long as all parts of the chicken have reached a minimum internal temperature of 165°, it is safe to eat.  Color doesn’t indicate doneness. Smoked meat often leaves a pink hue but if it has come to temperature it’s fine. 

What Traeger Pellets Should I Use?

For this smoked chicken breasts recipe, we used a combination of apple and mesquite Traeger pellets. We like to try different pellets all the time, so try different ones to see which wood you like best, each adds a unique flavor.

Which Traeger Grill Should I Buy?

We have been given the opportunity to try out a few Traeger grills and we’ve decide the Texas Elite 34 Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker Traeger grill is our favorite.

Pro tip: You don’t often think about having the best tools for handling the meat, but these these Dragonn tongs for grilling are the best rated on Amazon and we love them too!

We can’t wait for your to try this smoked chicken recipe! It is great on its own, but we also love it in our Smoked Chicken Kale Salad! Oh, and I haven’t mentioned that it’s healthy too!

More EASY CHICKEN RECIPES You will Love:

A photo of whole smoked chicken breasts and sliced smoked chicken breasts on a charcoal gray plate with lemon wedges and kale on the side.

Easy Smoked Chicken Breasts

3.84 from 25 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Easy smoked chicken breasts on a traeger smoker that with a few tricks turn out perfectly tender, moist and unlike other chicken breast recipes, totally flavorful chicken breasts!

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Turbinado Sugar * See Note
  • 1 Teaspoon Celery Seed
  • 2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder

Instructions

  • Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Pat the chicken breasts dry on both sides and drizzle each side with a little olive oil.
  • Sprinkle the rub on top of the chicken breasts liberally. Allow to rest in the fridge for 15 minutes, or up to 30 minutes (place plastic wrap over the top if over 15 minutes of rest time.)
  • Heat a smoker on smoke (on traeger use the super smoke) with the lid opened for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to 350 degrees and close the lid for 15 minutes while it warms up.
  • Put the chicken, spiced side down on the grill and liberally season the underside of the chicken. Cook for 12-13 minutes with the lid closed.
  • Turn the chicken over and cook another 10-12 minutes or until cooked to 165-170 degrees.
  • Remove the chicken from the grill and lay foil over the top on a cutting board. Let the chicken rest for 3-5 minutes before slicing.

Notes

If you can't find turbinado sugar just use more brown sugar in equal amounts
Nutrition Facts
Easy Smoked Chicken Breasts
Amount Per Serving (1 breast)
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 3274mg142%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 40g80%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A photo of whole smoked chicken breasts and sliced smoked chicken breasts on a charcoal gray plate with lemon wedges and kale on the side.

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9 comments

  • Chicken breast at 225 will not be done in 40 minutes.  Get the facts straight

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    • The recipes says to set the temperature to 350 degrees. That is plenty of time to reach temperature!

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  •  I don’t think y’all get the purpose of the smoke setting on a Traeger because many of your recipes have you heating the grill on smoke but then not having any food on there until you crank the setting up to 350, but by that time the super smoke is gone. Aren’t you supposed to light it on super smoke leave it on smoke setting for 20 minutes to heat up and then put your food on there for a third of the cook time before changing the temperature? 

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    • The smoke is best with that much time but still fills with less so moms in a hurry can shortcut but if you have more time, go for it!

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  • way too salty, and WAY too much Paprika. comment below said they messed up, should be 2 Tsp, not a 1/4 cup, but they didn’t ever update recipe

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    • The recipe card was updated previously. It should be 2 Tablespoons of paprika.

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  • SALTY SALTY SALTY. Cut the salt in half. 

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  • I followed the recipe, 1/4 cup paprika, and my chicken definitely didn’t look like yours. It was dark, looked like it had been dropped in the dirt, and the flavor of paprika overpowered everything else.

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    • Hi David! I’m so sorry! It should be 2 Tbsp of paprika. I apologize for that! Updating the recipe card now!

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