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Smoked Whole Chicken

Smoked Whole Chicken is a delicious way to prepare a whole chicken. It’s also super easy. Once you have the seasoning made, it’s only 3 ingredients.

The Hardworking Husband and I won a smoker a little over a year ago. Since then I have been trying out lots of new recipes. We have really liked smoking meats and veggies. We have smoked peppers, pork roast, brisket, ribs, pork loin, burgers, bratwurst, steaks. I am going to try smoke zucchini and squash as we get them in the garden.

The HH loves beef and pork, but isn’t a huge fan of chicken. But smoked chicken is a different story. He will eat chicken as long as it’s smoked.  In fact, he really likes it. 

This simple recipe has become our favorite. I’ve tried several different recipes, but none are as good as this one. I like to smoke 2 at once and freeze the second for soups and salads.

Yield: 1 chicken

Smoked Whole Chicken

Smoked Whole Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes



  1. Turn smoker on to 250 to preheat.
  2. Tuck wings of chicken behind shoulder joint.
  3. Lift skin off the breasts so you can slip your hand underneath but leaving it intact.
  4. Rub chicken on all sides and under skin on breasts with pork and poultry seasoning.
  5. Place 2 pats of butter on each breasts.
  6. Place chicken on smoke grate and place thermometer probe in breast if you have one. (The one I use is linked below.)
  7. Allow to smoke until temperature reaches 165.
  8. Once cooked, remove from smoker and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  9. Cut up chicken to your preference.

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