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Ultimate Whole Smoked Chicken Recipe (Traeger Smoked Chicken)

Blossom Lady
Jul 03, 2024 01:55 PM
Ultimate Whole Smoked Chicken Recipe (Traeger Smoked Chicken)

This easy smoked chicken recipe is a game changer. It results in tender, juicy chicken with crispy skin and an incredible flavor all the way down to the bone. A brown sugar and garlic spice rub infuses the meat with robust flavor and keeps it moist and tender (there's no need for a wet brine in this recipe!). You can use a Traeger grill or any smoker you have for this easy recipe.

I have to admit that for years I didn't like smoked chicken. I found most recipes too bland, too salty or too dry. It wasn't until I started experimenting with dry brining that I started to fall in love. This smoked whole chicken recipe is now one of my favorite recipes, and I hope you'll love it too.

  • 1 batch Spice Rub for Smoked Chicken
  • 1 3 ½ - 4 pound chicken, giblets removed
  • ½ lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 small shallot, halved and peeled
  • Small handful fresh thyme

Spice Rub for Smoked Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion (or onion powder)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time:
150 minutes
Total Time:
165 minutes
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