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Smoked Chicken Breasts

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


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 Tablespoons BBQ Chicken Rub


  • Preheat pellet grill to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. 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 preheated smoker. Insert temperature probe into middle of chicken breasts.
  • Close pellet grill lid and cook at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour or until the chicken reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 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 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