- Chicken Breast on Pellet Grill
- How to Make Smoked Chicken Breasts on a Pellet Grill
- What Temperature to Serve Smoked Chicken
- Why You Should Let Your Pellet Grill Chicken Breast Rest
- What to Serve with Smoked Chicken Breasts
- The Best Recipe for Chicken Breast on Pellet Grill
Chicken Breast on Pellet Grill
Smack anything on a pellet grill and expect smokey perfection later. That's true for red meats, cheeses, vegetables, and my personal favorite, poultry.
This smoked chicken breast pellet grill recipe will leave you (and anyone you're serving) drooling and asking for more. Pellet grill chicken breasts are juicy, well-seasoned, and oh so flavorful.
How to Make Smoked Chicken Breasts on a Pellet Grill
These smoked chicken breasts are ready in just 30 minutes, which makes them the perfect weekday meal and the fastest BBQ item at your weekend cookout.Prep Your Pellet Grill Chicken Breasts with Your Favorite Rub
Let's start with the first things first. Before you even fire up your Z Grills pellet grill, you need to prep your chicken.
If you like to rinse your chicken, this is where you'll do that. However, rinsing would possibly spread bacteria and doesn't change much in terms of your final smoked chicken. But it's fine if you prefer to rinse.
Whether you rinse or not, make sure you dry your chicken. Then, generously rub in your favorite chicken seasoning.
After your chicken is nice and seasoned, place them on a plate and cover them with plastic wrap. Then, refrigerate your chicken breasts for 10 minutes.Get Your Pellet Grill Ready
While your chicken rests, preheat your pellet grill to 350 °F. For a premium grilling experience, use one of Z Grills' many high-quality pellet grills,.
The time it takes your pellet grill to preheat will vary depending on which pellet grill you own. No matter how long it takes, don't skip this step. A temperature that's too low for your chicken will dry it out—so be patient here.Introduce Your Chicken to the Pellet Grill
Ah, love at first sizzle. Slap your chicken on the grill. Close the lid. And let the magic happen.
Your chicken breasts will be ready in about 10 minutes. If you have a temperature probe, insert it into the thickest part of the biggest chicken breast before shutting the grill lid.
What Temperature to Serve Smoked Chicken
After 10 minutes of your chicken being on the grill, check the temperature on your thermometer. It should read 165°F. If it doesn't, pay close attention until it does. You don't want to go over 165°F, because then you'll have dry meat.
Large chicken breasts might take as long as 20 minutes to be fully cooked. But any size chicken breast should always reach 165°F before being eaten.
Why You Should Let Your Pellet Grill Chicken Breast Rest
You should always let your pellet grill chicken breasts rest after cooking. Here's why.
When the chicken is heated, the juices near the chicken's exterior evaporate into the surrounding air. Most of the juices that stay in the chicken are drawn towards the center. The juiciness is concentrated.
If you cut into your chicken right away, all that lovely juice spills out.
But, if you let it rest, magic happens. Well, really, it's science. The juices in the interior want balance, so they make their way out of the center and spread out across the chicken evenly.
That's how you get tender, juicy chicken.
So, put your cooked chicken on a clean plate. Cover it with some tin foil. And let it rest for at least 5-10 minutes.
What to Serve with Smoked Chicken Breasts
Chicken is an incredibly versatile protein, so your options are limitless.
Serve your chicken:
Shredded chicken tastes best when served in a sandwich, along with some roasted potatoes, coleslaw, and pickles!
Sliced chicken makes the best meal prep ingredient. You can eat it cold in wraps and on salads.
Try cubing these pellet grill chicken breasts and putting them into a chicken salad—you won't regret it.
And when you serve this smoked chicken whole, rest assured that no one will complain. Serve it up alongside some roasted vegetables, like:
- brussels sprouts
When deciding what to serve with smoked chicken, don't be afraid to get creative!
The Best Recipe for Chicken Breast on Pellet Grill
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutesIngredients for Pellet Grill Chicken Breast
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Chicken rub
- Dry your chicken, and season it generously with your favorite rub. Put it on a plate, cover it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
- While your chicken is resting, preheat your Z Grills pellet grill to 350 °F.
- Put your chicken breasts on the grill, placing a probe thermometer (if you have one) in the thickest part of the largest breast.
- Shut the grill cover and cook the chicken until the probe reads 165°F, about 10-20 minutes.
- Remove chicken from the grill. Then, place it on a clean plate. Cover with tin foil. Then, let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
- The size of your chicken breasts determines how long you need to cook them. Larger breasts may take more than 20 minutes, while smaller breasts will be ready in just 10 minutes.
- This recipe works on any amount of chicken. You can cook just one breast or fill your grill up with as many that will fit.