Smoked Chicken Recipe
Smoking a whole chicken using this recipe can be a long but satisfying process with a delicious end result. Smoking the chicken long and slow at a temperature of 225 degrees Fahrenheit allows the meat to cook slowly and absorb the smoky flavor of the wood chips. Depending on the size of the whole chicken you are going to smoke, the cooking time may take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours to smoke the whole chicken until it is fully cooked throughout. The only problem with smoking a chicken for this long period of time is the tendency for the meat to dry out. There are many things you can do to avoid the meat from drying out like injecting or brining the chicken prior to putting it on your smoker. The best way to tell if the chicken is done is to stick an instant-read meat thermometer in the deepest part of the chicken breast. If the smoked chicken breast reads 160-165 degrees Fahrenheit, it is safe to pull it off your smoker to let it rest. Below will provide you with steps and information for how to smoke the chicken, avoid it from drying out, recipe ingredients, cooking time, and other smoking tips.
Smoked Chicken Injector Ingredients
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Smoking Chicken Recipe Directions
Knowing how long to smoke a chicken is half the battle. The cooking time will take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours to smoke a whole chicken. An average size chicken's cooking time on a smoker will take about 4 hours but can vary due to a number of variables. This will depend on the weight, the temperature and the type of smoker you are using, and how many times you open the lid during the cooking process. The easiest way to check to see if the chicken is done is to stick an instant-read meat thermometer in the deepest part of the chicken breast and see if it has reached a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. See our meat doneness chart for a full list of different meat doneness internal temperatures.