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Traeger Smoked Chicken Breast

This Easy Traeger Smoked Chicken Breast recipe is prepared using boneless breasts, a marinade, dry rub, or whatever you like. This chicken can be made with any smoker or pellet grill using the perfect temperature.

Traeger smoked chicken breasts on a plate with lemons

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What Type of Chicken to Use

I’m using boneless skinless chicken breasts. You can use any cut of chicken you like.

raw chicken breasts on a plate along with 2 bowls of soy sauce and spices

How to Season the Chicken/Dry Rub vs Marinade

Since chicken breasts are low in fat and tend to be a little on the dry side, I like to use both a marinade and a spice blend or rub to add flavor to the chicken. You can do whatever you like.

The purpose of a dry rub is to create a crust around the chicken or meat. A dry rub will enhance the flavor of the chicken without using moisture or a liquid marinade. Rubs are usually a little more coarse than simply adding seasoning.

The main difference between a dry rub and a marinade is the absence of moisture. A marinade will tenderize the meat. A dry rub does not. I like to use soy sauce to marinate and tenderize the meat and then follow it up with my Dry Rub for Chicken recipe. Feel free to use your favorite chicken rub.

The rub includes a blend of:

raw chicken breasts in a glass bowl with soy sauce and dry rub

What Type of Wood/Pellets to Use

You can use just about any wood pellets for chicken including the Traeger Signature blend, apple, cherry, hickory, mesquite, or pecan.

How to Make Traeger Smoked Chicken Breast

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Marinate or season the chicken.
  2. Add the chicken breasts to the smoker.
  3. Smoke.
raw chicken breasts on a Traeger smoker grill
raw chicken breasts on a Traeger smoker grill with a probe

Smoker Temperature

This is a recipe for smoked breasts, so you will want to cook the chicken low (heat) and slow at 225 degrees.

How Long to Cook it/How to Tell When it’s Done

Smoke until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. This can take 1-2 hours. Use a probe or meat thermometer to test the internal temperature. Insert the meat thermometer or probe into the thickest part of the chicken breast.

chicken breasts on a Traeger smoker grill with a probe

How to Store Leftovers/How Long Will it Last in the Fridge

Leftovers can be stored tightly covered and sealed in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat Leftovers

The best way to reheat leftover chicken is in the oven or air fryer on 350 degrees until warm. You can use the microwave, but it will dry out the chicken faster than the oven or air fryer. You can also store leftover chicken in olive oil to keep it moist.

chicken breasts on a Traeger smoker grill

Add the Chicken to these Recipes

Southwest Chicken Salad
Green Goddess Cobb Salad
Lemon Chicken Pasta

Pair With These Recipes

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Southern Baked Beans
Southern Coleslaw
Southern Potato Salad
Easy Spaghetti Salad

Traeger smoked chicken breasts on a plate with lemons
Traeger smoked chicken breasts on a plate with lemons

More Traeger and Smoker Recipes

Traeger Smoked Ham
Traeger Smoked Brisket
Traeger Smoked Turkey
Smoked Mac and Cheese
Traeger Smoked Salmon
Smoked Salsa
Traeger Smoked Bacon
Traeger Smoked Ribs (3-2-1 Method)
Traeger Smoked Chicken Wings
Smoked Lobster Tail
Traeger Smoked Whole Chicken
Smoked Turkey Necks

Traeger smoked chicken breasts on a plate with lemons
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Easy Traeger Smoked Chicken Breast

This Easy Traeger Smoked Chicken Breast recipe is prepared using boneless breasts, a marinade, dry rub, or whatever you like. This chicken can be made with any smoker or pellet grill using the perfect temperature.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword smoked chicken breast, Traeger smoked chicken breast
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 servings
Calories 110kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • If you plan to marinate the chicken, combine the chicken, soy sauce, and spices in a bowl or plastic bag. Cover and marinate in the fridge 30-minutes to overnight.
    If you plan to make dry rub chicken, coat both sides of the chicken breasts in spices. Ensure the chicken is fully coated and add additional spice as necessary. If you have trouble getting the spices to stick, use olive oil.
  • Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees.
  • Add the chicken breasts. Smoke until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. This can take 1-2 hours. Use a probe or meat thermometer to test the internal temperature. Insert the meat thermometer or probe into the thickest part of the chicken breast.

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Notes

  • Pay attention to the size of the chicken breasts you use. Smaller chicken breasts will cook faster so you may have to remove those from the smoker sooner than others.
  • You can use just about any wood pellets for chicken including the Traeger Signature blend, apple, cherry, hickory, mesquite, or pecan.
  • You can use any chicken rub or spice blend for this recipe.
  • You can baste the chicken after it has been smoking for an hour with additional soy sauce or even olive oil. This will help keep the chicken moist and is optional.
  • Try not to open the smoker several times during the smoking process. This will alter the temperature and your food will take longer to cook.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 1g
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Recipe Rating




Nicole Johnson

Monday 14th of March 2022

Amazing chicken breast recipe!! Can't wait to try it!

staysnatched

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Thank you! I hope you love it!