Smoked chicken breasts on a cooking sheet.

Unlock the secret to juicy, flavor-packed smoked chicken breasts with this comprehensive guide, and transform your ordinary dinner into a culinary masterpiece.

Unearth the art and science behind preparing succulent, flavor-loaded smoked chicken breasts with this comprehensive guide. Imagine a dish with a smoky and savory taste, underlined by a subtle spiciness – a palate-pleasing profile that’s worth mastering. Perfect for both culinary enthusiasts and those just starting on their cooking journey, our guide reveals the key techniques, tools, and tips you’ll need to turn this ordinary poultry cut into an extraordinary dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use bone-in chicken breasts?

Yes, you certainly can. Bone-in chicken often retains more moisture during the smoking process, leading to juicier results. However, note that it may take a bit longer to cook than boneless breasts.

Can I use a different type of oil?

Yes, you can use any oil with a high smoke point such as canola oil, avocado oil, or even sunflower oil. Remember, the oil is mainly for helping the rub adhere to the chicken, not for flavoring.

What if I don’t have a smoker?

Don’t worry, you can still achieve a smoky flavor by using a conventional oven or grill. We provide alternative methods in this guide.

Alternate Cooking Methods

While a pellet smoker does a wonderful job of infusing the chicken with a deep smoky flavor, not everyone has access to one. Fear not, for you can also use a conventional oven or grill. Both alternatives can give you a desirable crust and a satisfying flavor profile, especially when using a well-formulated rub, like Hey Grill, Hey’s Chicken or Beef Rub! Whether you’re an experienced cook or a beginner, these tips and techniques will help you perfect your smoked chicken breast. Enjoy this culinary journey!


  1. Grill chicken over medium high heat until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. 
  2. Let rest for 5 minutes, slice and serve!


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cook chicken for 18-20 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Serve hot.

Remember, whether you’re using an oven, grill, or smoker, monitoring the chicken’s internal temperature is key to achieving a juicy and fully cooked result. Enjoy your cooking experience and the wonderful flavors of your homemade smoked chicken breast!


Smoking chicken breasts may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few issues you might encounter and how to navigate them:

  • Dry Chicken: Ensure your smoker maintains a consistent temperature and avoid opening the smoker frequently, which can cause heat loss.
  • Uneven Cooking: Select chicken breasts that are similar in size and thickness for consistent cooking. Using a meat thermometer will help you ensure the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Lack of Flavor: Marinating the chicken or using a rub can add depth to the flavor profile. Letting the chicken rest after smoking allows the juices to redistribute, enhancing the overall taste.

A Tip From the Chef

Don’t have a smoker but want that smokey flavoring? Add smoked paprika to your rub!

Overhead view of smoked chicken breasts on a cooking sheet.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Smoked chicken breast should be stored in an airtight container and can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. To reheat, place it in a preheated oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed through. Alternatively, it can be reheated on a grill over low heat. To freeze, wrap the chicken breast tightly in aluminum foil or place it in a freezer bag, ensuring to remove as much air as possible. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

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