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Smoked Chicken Breasts

Quick and easy Smoker Chicken Breasts that are tender and juiyc with a homemade dry rub.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Chicken Breasts
Servings: 4
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp BBQ Chicken Rub


  • Preheat pellet grill to 250 degrees. We used competition blend pellets in the pellet grill.
  • Pound chicken breasts flat,  about 1/2'' thick. Drizzle olive oil over the chicken breasts making sure to cover the front and back. Rub dry rub all over chicken breasts.
  • Place chicken breasts on smoker. Insert temperature probe into middle of chicken breasts. Close pellet grill lid and cook at 250 degrees for about 1 hour or until the chicken reaches 160 degrees F.
  • Remove from pellet grill, tent with foil and let rest 5-10 minutes.


What type of wood pellets should I use?
We used competition blend pellets in our pellet grill, but hickory, apple, pecan and maple would be great too!
What should the internal temperature of the chicken breast be?
The USDA recommends cooking chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. We pull these off the smoker at 160 F degrees, let them rest for 5 minutes which lets the internal temperature raise the 5 degrees while the juices redistribute to get you that juicy chicken breasts you want.
How long does it take to smoke a chicken breast?
This really depends on the size of your chicken breast. Ours were larger and they took about 1 hour. We recommend that you pound the chicken breast to even thickness about 1/2” to help them cook at the same rate. If you have one thin side and one thick side it’s going to be done at different times which leads to dry, chew chicken.
How should I store leftovers?
Let the chicken breasts cool then store in an air tight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Leftovers are great for meal prep, putting on salads and so much more!
Can I put BBQ Sauce on these?
Yes! During the last 10 minutes of smoking slather them with your favorite BBQ sauce. It will take 1/4 – 1/2 c. of BBQ sauce.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg