Delicious Smoked Chicken Recipes For The Smoker or Grill

Don't have a lot of time for cooking? Then one of these smoked chicken recipes would be a good way to go. Chicken can be smoked in less time than many other meats and it goes well with many types of seasonings, from basic and simple to bold and spicy. No wonder chicken is so popular!


A Raw, Whole Chicken, Seasoned With a Poultry Dry Rub Containing a Mixture Of Many Flavorful Spices and Herbs

There so many options when buying chicken it can be difficult to choose. Boneless, skinless, free-range, organic, industrially raised, breasts, thighs, drumsticks, leg quarters, or whole chickens - each requires a little different technique, but all can taste great.

Whole Smoked Chicken Recipes: Juice Filled and Flavor Packed

If you want to save a few bucks, whole fryers and baking hens are often the least expensive way to buy chicken. They can be seasoned and smoked whole or separated into the individual parts with a sharp knife and a bit of skill.


Basting a Whole Chicken That's Being Smoked In a Char-Broil Propane SmokerWHOLE CHICKEN

With this smoked chicken recipe you have the option of cooking them whole or cutting them in half for quicker cooking.

Beer Can Chicken Being Grill SmokedBEER CAN CHICKEN

Chickens smoked upright tend to cook more evenly. This beer can chicken recipe helps the breast remain moist.

Grill Smoked Beer Butt Chicken, Wing Tips Wrapped In Foil To Prevent BurningGRILL-SMOKED CHICKEN

To prevent the wing tips from charring when grill-smoking chicken, wrap them in foil after the first hour of smoking.

A Whole Chicken Cut Spatchcock-Style, and Being Smoked On My Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker In Moab, Utah, While Camping In the Sandflats BLM Camp AreaSANDFLATS SMOKED CHICKEN

By opening the chicken and laying it flat on the smoker grate, this chicken recipe cooks in less time than a whole chicken.

Quite a Chicken! This Spatchcock Chicken Is On a Plate With Lettuce And a Few Slices of Grilled RutabagaSPATCHCOCK CHICKEN

To prepare a spatchcock chicken, separate the backbone from the ribs and flatten it out. This recipe was grill-smoked in my Weber kettle.

Smoking Whole or Boneless-Skinless Chicken Breasts: Which Is Better?

Chicken Basting Liquid Made With Soy Sauce, Cider Vinegar, Water, BBQ Sauce and Melted Chicken FatSMOKED CHICKEN BASTING LIQUID

Preferred by many, the white breast meat is lower in both fat and calories than the dark meat. For more flavor and moistness it helps to baste the chicken a couple times as it's cooking, especially when smoking boneless, skinless breasts. Oil or fat added to the basting liquid prevents drying and will give the chicken a nice sheen when it's finished.

Whole skin-on, bone-in breasts will have richer flavor. The rib bones and skin also help prevent the meat from drying.


Five Bone-In, Skinless Chicken Breasts Being Grill-Smoked In a 22GRILL-SMOKED BREASTS

Adding smoke flavor when using a grill isn't difficult. Step by step instructions for grill-smoking chicken breasts.

A Closeup Photo Of a Grill Smoked Rosemary Chicken Breast, Served On a Plate With Lettuce, Tomato and Carrots.SEASONED WITH ROSEMARY

Instead of being topped with a white sauce, this recipe for rosemary chicken breasts was served with a tangy mustard sauce.

If You Prefer Dark Meat, Try These Smoked Thigh and Leg Quarter Recipes

Chicken thighs and legs are more forgiving and can be cooked to a higher temperature without becoming dry. All chicken parts are safe to eat when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, but I prefer the flavor and texture of dark meat when it's cooked to 175 degrees or more.

Skinless, Bone-In Chicken Thighs Being Grill-Smoked In a High-End Gas GrillSMOKED CHICKEN THIGHS

A few foil packs of apple wood chips added flavor to these smoked chicken thighs when they were grilled.

Bacon Wrapped Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs, Served On a Plate, One Cut In Half To Show Its Inner BeautyBACON WRAPPED THIGHS

After removing the bones and skin, these thighs were wrapped with bacon slices. Very tasty!

Ever Have Jamaican Jerk Chicken? Chicken Leg Quarters Marinating In a Jerk Paste Before Being Smoked To PerfectionJAMAICAN JERK

Chicken thighs are marinated in a spicy Jamaican jerk paste before being smoked

Adding Flavor To Smoked Chicken With Brines and Dry Rubs

It's important to brine chicken before it's cooked in the grill or smoker. While brining adds flavor, it also causes changes to the meat fibers that help in holding moisture in place. And using a flavorful dry rub seasoning on the chicken is always a good idea.

Chicken Dry Rub Recipes Can Be Either Subtle, or Screamin' With Flavor

Dry Rub For Chicken, Ingredients In Bowl Before Mixing Include Salt, Onion Powder, Black Pepper and Caraway SeedsCHICKEN DRY RUB

A variety of ingredients can be used in chicken dry rub recipes. There are a few caraway seeds in this bowl of ingredients.

A Bowl Containing Various Seasonings, Waiting Patiently To Be Combined Into a Tasty Cajun Chicken RubSMOKED CHICKEN RUB INGREDIENTS

Placing some of this Cajun style chicken rub between the skin and flesh will provide a more intense flavor.

Brining Chicken For The Smoker Makes a Huge Difference In Flavor and Texture

Making a Batch Of Smoked Chicken Brine. Water From Simmering Spices Is Being Strained Into Ice Bath For Quick Cooling.MAKING BRINE

By first simmering the seasonings in water when putting together a brine, more flavor is released.

Chicken Breasts Being Brined With Fresh Herbs, Minced Garlic and Chopped OnionsHOW TO BRINE CHICKEN

An explanation of how brining works, and how to go about using brine with chicken.

A Whole Chicken Being Brined In a Quality One Gallon Freezer Storage BagBRINING CHICKEN

Brining chicken takes 30 minutes to one hour for smaller skinless pieces. A whole chicken will require up to 4 hours for the best results.

Smoked Chicken Recipes - Cooking Tips and Helpful Information

A Smoked Whole Chicken, Ready To Remove From The SmokerSMOKING WHOLE CHICKEN

Learn how to smoke whole chickens that are tender and juicy.

Smoked Chicken Leg Quarters On a Large, Round Serving PlatterCHICKEN LEG QUARTERS

Leg quarters are great whether grill-smoked or cooked on the smoker.

Five Chicken Breasts On the Rack Of a Char-broil Gas SmokerWHOLE CHICKEN BREASTS

Information about preparing, brining, seasoning and smoking whole chicken breasts.

Analog Dial Meat Thermometers To Be Used for Checking Chicken Internal TemperaturesCHICKEN TEMPERATURE?

Why does the internal temperature of these chicken breasts  quit rising when it reaches 148 degrees?

This collection of smoked chicken recipes includes ideas for smoking chicken breasts, thighs, legs and whole chickens. Try the bacon wrapped thighs!