Smoked chicken breast is an incredibly tasty, juicy, and satisfying meal. It does not require a lot of time and ingredients but will satisfy a big crowd at the grill. Some people are wondering if smoking a boneless, skinless chicken requires a different approach. Do not worry, both the cooking process and ingredients are exactly the same.
All you need to smoke a chicken breast is a grill, your favorite seasoning, and the will to cook. Trust us, if you cook this particular piece of meat the right way, you will never turn your back on chicken again.
Smoking Boneless Chicken Breast
Smoking a boneless chicken is one of my favorite ways to enjoy a nice meal. Truth be told, I enjoy taking my time and cooking a few big ribs on the grill, but it is very hard to neglect a perfectly smoked chicken breast meal, especially when it is so much easier to make.
The first step is to do shopping the right way. Good thing is that with chicken you can almost never go wrong. Just enter any shop that sells chicken breasts (preferably not frozen), pick a few, and get to cooking. You can make a smoked chicken breast right out of the box.
The recipes are quite simple. Chicken breast is a perfect meal for those of you who just started grilling. Don’t get me wrong, these recipes are also loved by all gourmets all around the world. It is very easy to make and does not require as much time as briskets or ribs.
How to Smoke Chicken Breast in Electric Smoker
- Get the smoker ready. Preheat your smoker to 230 Fahrenheit. Do not set the temperature higher than this, because you’re probably gonna overcook or burn this nice piece.
- Prepare the chicken breast. If you love your chicken breasts brined, probably you have already removed it from the brine. The next step is seasoning. Since it is completely up to you, you cannot go wrong with this one.
- Start smoking! Didn’t we tell you it does not require a lot of time to smoke a chicken breast? Set the timer to one hour, or, if you have a meat thermometer, check regularly until the internal temperature rises up to 160 Fahrenheit.
- It’s time to serve the chicken! Remove your meat from the smoker, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on if you like very hot meals), slice, and bring to the table.
Smoking Chicken Breast Brine
It’s completely up to you whether or not you brine your chicken breast. Personally, I like to make brine before cooking this beautiful piece of meat at all times. The salt and sugar mix together and make a nice combo for your taste buds. What’s even more surprising, brining helps change the structure of any meat, thus, making it more soft and delicious.
Some gourmets and grillers prefer to brine chicken breasts before placing them on the grill. Truthfully, I am also up for this idea. This way you don’t need to use a meat thermometer excessively in order to keep the juices from evaporating.
In order to keep the juices in their place, some people like to smoke chicken breast in an electric smoker. Yes, this definitely does help, but using the grill is better for overall taste.
It’s a good idea to try both recipes before choosing to make one regularly. Below you will find a recipe that will help you smoke a brined chicken.
Always remember to make brine ahead to allow your chicken breast to sit in it to absorb the flavor.
Preparing the brine. It’s a simple and straightforward process. However, I like to add a little bit of sugar to brine, it makes for an amazing taste in the end. Pour 4 spoons of salt and 1 spoon of sugar into a medium bowl. Boil it for 10 minutes and let it sit for half an hour. It’s more than enough time for the sugar and salt to dissolve completely.
How Long to Smoke Boneless Chicken Breast at 250 Degrees (Fahrenheit)
Smoking a regular chicken breast does not take more than one hour. However, you might go wrong with the temperature if you do not have a good thermometer. I always check to buy ones with quality in order to get a precise temperature at all times. I will go so far as to say that most of the under cooked breasts are the thermometer’s fault.
Always watch the thermometer when smoking meat. Tip: Do not stick a meat thermometer in the soft part, do it the other way, choose the hardest part, and stick it in. Keep track of the temperature and remove it from the smoker as soon as the internal temperature of the chicken breast reaches 165 Fahrenheit. This process will not take more than 60-70 minutes.
Serving The Chicken Breast
Seasoning the smoked chicken breast. Now that you have cooked your meat perfectly, it is time to serve it to your friends and family. Personally, I love to pour just a little bit of sweet BBQ sauce and spray some pepper on top. Also, put a small piece of frozen butter on top of it. It will dissolve in 2 minutes and give your chicken breast a nice, oily taste.
Is it a good idea to use an electric smoker instead of the regular one?
Not really, electric smoker does the whole cooking process in 30-40 minutes and as a result, the meat is always overcooked and dry.
When should I season the chicken breast?
Both before and after the cooking process is completed.
How much brine should I make?
Just enough to cover the meat completely.
Should I serve it hot or let it sit for a few minutes?
It all depends on your taste.
Generally, how long does it take to smoke chicken breast?
Totally depends on the cooking method you use.