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Smoked chicken breasts on a sheet pan with corn on the corn and fresh herbs.

Smoked Chicken Breast

This smoked chicken breast is boneless skinless chicken that's coated in a homemade BBQ seasoning, smoked to tender and juicy perfection, then brushed with BBQ sauce. The best chicken breasts you'll ever eat!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Brining Time 2 hours
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 254kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1/2 batch chicken brine optional but highly recommended
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup BBQ spice rub homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce homemade or store bought


  • Follow the brine recipe as instructed, cutting all the ingredients in half. Place your chicken breasts in the bowl of brine, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Remove your chicken from the brine. Pat dry. Preheat your smoker to 250 degrees F.
  • Coat the chicken breasts with the spice rub.
  • Place the chicken in the smoker and cook for 60-90 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 165 degrees F.
  • Brush the chicken breasts with the BBQ sauce then smoke for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Let the chicken sit for 5 minutes. Slice and serve with any remaining BBQ sauce.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 664mg | Potassium: 670mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.9mg