Applewood Smoked Chicken Breast

DSC_0614I’ve already posted about my Traeger smoker before. I’ve already talked about the magic it imparts to anything that is cooked on it. Well, here’s more proof. Tonight, as I have done many times before, I made grilled chicken breasts. And pretty much every time, they turn out delicious. Even that one time when I burned them. Even if you don’t have a smoker, you can do these on a grill or in an oven. Total cooking time is just over 30 minutes, but the results are outstanding.

Applewood Smoked Chicken Breast
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Bone-on chicken breasts smoked with applewood pellets
Recipe type: BBQ, chicken, smoked
Cuisine: BBQ
Serves: 2
  • 2 Bone-on Chicken Breasts (with the skin)
  • Olive Oil
  • Your favorite chicken rub
  • Your favorite barbecue sauce
  1. Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board and lightly coat both sides of the breasts with olive oil.
  2. Apply your favorite chicken rub to both sides of the breasts. Don't lightly coat the breasts, get a decent amount of rub on the breasts.
  3. Wrap the breasts with saran wrap, and let them sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Before cooking,
  4. Heat your smoker, or grill to High. While your smoker or grill is preheating, remove the breasts from the fridge and allow them to come up to room temperature.
  5. When ready to cook, remove the saran wrap from the breasts and lay them bone side down onto the grill. Roast at High (425 F) for about 12-15 minutes, being sure to not burn the skin.
  6. After roasting, reduce the heat to Medium (or 375 F) and cook for another 20-30 minutes until the internal temperature hits 160 F. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, you can apply your favorite BBQ sauce to the breasts to create a nice glaze.
  7. Remove the breasts from the grill, and allow them to rest for at least 5 minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy!


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