Chicken Breast is a classic meal that everyone loves. This easy smoked chicken breast recipe makes it even more delicious and perfect for any occasion!
Brine: brine the meat for 4 hours before smoking to help it absorb more flavor and moisture during the cooking process.
Smoke: place the chicken on the grill or smoker and smoke until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. It will take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half depending on the size of the breasts.
Season: liberally apply the dry rub to each side of the chicken before placing it on the grill or smoker. I like to use a binder (traditionally olive oil but I also love a light layer of mayo) to help the dry rub stick.
Expert Tip: Pan-sear the skin before smoking to ensure it gets a nice crusty exterior. This helps the browned skin get a tastier and healthier texture while helping to prevent the chicken from becoming too rubbery during the smoking process.
Reheat leftover smoked chicken: After your chicken has cooked, reheat it in a cast iron skillet or a sheet pan. This will help to lock in the juices and preserve the smoky flavor.
Pair with: Beer: A lighter beer, such as a Pilsner will be the best choice to pair with smoked chicken. This light beer will cut through the smokiness of the meat and complement the sweetness from the wood chips.