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Perfectly Moist Smoked Chicken Breast

5 from 128 votes
Published on 03/08/2024 by Umamiology
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This Smoked Chicken Breast is incredibly moist and juicy, with a deep smokey flavor. It’s tender and soft on the inside with a flavor-rich crust from the Traeger Fin & Feather rub on the outside.

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When you get Smoked Chicken Breast just right, it is one of the juiciest and most flavorful meats you can ever have. The problem is, not everyone gets it just right.

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In order to have a truly tender and moist Traeger smoked chicken breast, you have to master the art of balancing of time, temperature, and seasoning. And in this recipe, I’ll show you just how to do that with a Traeger smoker.

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Traeger Smoked Chicken Breast Seasoning

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Out of the 3 critical elements to get right for perfectly moist Traeger smoked chicken breast (time, temperature, seasoning), the seasoning piece is the easiest. And that’s because, in this recipe, we’ll be utilizing Traeger’s Fin & Feather dry rub – which in my opinion, is quite possibly the best poultry rub out there.

Key Elements Of This Recipe

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast: Try to buy organic if you can
  • Traeger Fin & Feather Rub: A sweet & savory essence from paprika & garlic
  • Unsalted Butter: To ensure moist and juiciness in the breast

The Ingredients for Smoked Chicken Breast

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  • 5 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 5 tablespoons Traeger Fin & Feather Rub
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter

The Equipment Needed For Traeger Smoked Chicken Breast

How To Smoke Chicken Breast

Start by firing up your smoker to 200°F.

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Take your chicken breasts and rub them down with a bit of olive oil.

Then liberally season them with the Traeger Fin and Feather Rub.

Afterwards, place the chicken breasts directly on the grill of your smoker. (And be sure to insert a temp probe into one of the breasts on the grill.)

Let the chicken breasts smoke until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. (That can take anywhere from 40 mins – 60 mins, depending on the temperature consistency of your smoker.)

How Long To Smoke Chicken Breast

Since we are cooking this in the smoker, we’ll always go by the internal temperature of the chicken breast for doneness, rather than cooking time. (Your cooking time will vary based on your smoker and other external factors.)

For food safety, you should always ensure that the final internal temperature of the chicken breast reaches 165°F, at the end of the cooking process.

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Smoked Chicken Temperature

Once the breasts hit an internal temp of 140°F, remove from the grill, and wrap each one in aluminum foil, with a pad of butter placed on top of the breast.

Raise the temperature of your smoker to 350°F and place your foiled breasts back on the grill.

Continue smoking until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F. (It took an extra 20 minutes for me.)

Serving Your Smoked Chicken Breasts

Remove from the smoker, unwrap and serve alongside fresh vegetables and a nice bbq sauce, like my Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce.

How Do You Keep Chicken Breast Moist During Smoking?

Why do we smoke this chicken breast twice, at 2 different smoker temperatures? This 2 staged, low and slow smoking method ensures that the chicken breast stays as moist as possible during the cooking process.

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Perfectly Moist Smoked Chicken Breast

5 from 128 votes
This Smoked Chicken Breast is incredibly moist and juicy, with a deep smokey flavor. It's tender and soft on the inside with a flavor-rich crust from the Traeger Fin & Feather rub on the outside.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 5
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
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Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

How To Smoke Chicken Breast

  • Start by firing up your smoker to 200°F.
  • Take your chicken breasts and rub them down with a bit of olive oil.
  • Then liberally season them with the Traeger Fin and Feather Rub.
  • Afterwards, place the chicken breasts directly on the grill of your smoker. (And be sure to insert a temp probe into one of the breasts on the grill.)
  • Let the chicken breasts smoke until the internal temperature reaches 140°F. (That can take anywhere from 40 mins – 60 mins, depending on the temperature consistency of your smoker.)

Smoked Chicken Temperature

  • Once the breasts hit an internal temp of 140°F, remove from the grill, and wrap each one in aluminum foil, with a pad of butter placed on top of the breast.
  • Raise the temperature of your smoker to 350°F and place your foiled breasts back on the grill.
  • Continue smoking until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F. (It took an extra 20 minutes for me.)

Serving Your Smoked Chicken Breasts

  • Remove from the smoker, unwrap and serve alongside fresh vegetables and a nice bbq sauce, like my Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce.

Notes

How Long To Smoke Chicken Breast
  • Since we are cooking this in the smoker, we’ll always go by the internal temperature of the chicken breast for doneness, rather than cooking time. (Your cooking time will vary based on your smoker and other external factors.)
  • For food safety, you should always ensure that the final internal temperature of the chicken breast reaches 165°F, at the end of the cooking process.
How Do You Keep Chicken Breast Moist During Smoking?
  • Why do we smoke this chicken breast twice, at 2 different smoker temperatures? This 2 staged, low and slow smoking method ensures that the chicken breast stays as moist as possible during the cooking process.

Nutrition

Calories: 494kcalCarbohydrates: 0.01gProtein: 48gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 408mgPotassium: 842mgSugar: 0.01gVitamin A: 633IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

At what temperature do you smoke chicken breast?

You smoke initially at 200°F until you reach an internal temperature of 140°F and then wrap the breasts in foil (with a pad of butter) and finish smoking at 350°F, until the internal temperature of the chicken breast reaches 165°F.

How long do you smoke chicken breast?

Since we are cooking this in the smoker, we’ll always go by the internal temperature of the chicken breast for doneness, rather than cooking time. (Your cooking time will vary based on your smoker and other external factors.)

For food safety, you should always ensure that the final internal temperature of the chicken breast reaches 165°F, at the end of the cooking process.

How do you keep chicken breast moist during smoking?

Smoke the chicken breast in 2 phases: first at 200°F until you reach an internal temperature of 140°F – and then wrap the breasts in foil (with a pad of butter) and finish smoking at 350°F, until the internal temperature of the chicken breast reaches 165°F.

This 2 staged, low and slow smoking method ensures that the chicken breast stays as moist as possible during the cooking process.

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