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Easy Smoked Chicken Breast Recipe on a Pellet Grill

Jeri Walker
This easy Smoked Chicken Breast Recipe is made on a pellet grill and is so simple to make. The boneless, skinless chicken breasts are juicy and flavorful; coated in a dry rub that has the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. Plus, this recipe does not require any marinating or brining, and the smoking process only takes 1 hour, making it a perfect meal for busy weeknights. This is also perfect for meal prep; cook the chicken and then reheat for lunch or dinner!
4.97 from 110 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 267 kcal


  • ThermPro Wireless Remote Digital Thermometer
  • Electric Pellet Grill


  • 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dry Rub for Chicken or your favorite seasoning.


  • Preheat the smoker to 225°F.
  • Use paper towels to pat the chicken dry.
  • Apply oil evenly over the entire chicken breast.
  • Apply the dry rub over the chicken breast and ensure it covers all parts; top, bottom, and sides.
  • Once the smoker comes up to temperature, place the chicken breasts directly on the preheated grill.
  • Close the lid and smoke until the internal temperature of the chicken breast, measured in the thickest part of the meat, is 165 degrees F. This will take about 1 hour.
  • If you like BBQ sauce, apply your favorite sauce for the last few minutes of cooking time.
  • Remove the smoked chicken breasts from the grill and place them on a serving tray. Cover with aluminum foil and rest for 5 minutes to allow the juices to reincorporate into the meat.
  • Serve with your favorite side dishes and enjoy!



Nutritional information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
Fridge: Leftover smoked chicken breasts will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Freezer: If you have lots of leftovers, wrap the chicken in plastic wrap, then place it in a Ziploc bag, and pop it in the freezer for meal prep, school, or work lunches. It will keep for up to 2 months in the freezer.
  • For best results, cook by temperature, not by time. We use a digital thermometer to keep a close watch on the temperature of the meat to ensure it is always cooked to a safe internal temperature. If the chicken sits on the smoker too long it will be dry and rubbery. We love that it is a cordless unit so I can monitor it from inside the house!
  • Check and make sure your wood pellets are topped up before you begin. Check periodically while smoking to ensure you don't run out and top up if necessary.
  • Large chicken breasts will take longer to cook than smaller breasts.
  • Flip chicken breasts halfway for an even smoke ring.
  • Make extra chicken breasts!! The leftovers are so good, and you can use them in meal prep, lunches, or for quick meals throughout the week!


Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 0.7gProtein: 38.4gFat: 11.5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 124.1mgSodium: 76.8mgPotassium: 575.5mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 16.8IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 19.7mgIron: 1mg
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