Smoked Chicken Breast

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Brine: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Smoked
  • Cuisine: American


Learn my secrets for making the juicy, tender, flavorful Smoked Chicken Breasts at home.
Try serving with BBQ sauce and fries.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, brined for 4 hours
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder


  1. In a small bowl, combine sugar, paprika, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  2. Prepare your smoker according to manufacturer’s specification and heat to 250˚F.
  3. Remove the chicken breasts from the brine and pat dry.
  4. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with the spice mixture, making sure to cover all sides. Allow to rest of 15 minutes.
  5. Place the chicken in the smoker and cook for 60 – 90 minutes or until an instant read thermometer registers 165˚F.
  6. Remove the chicken from the smoker and place on a platter. Allow to rest for 5 – 7 minutes before slicing.
  7. Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce or my Sweet, Spicy, Smoky BBQ Sauce