How to Smoke Chicken Breast in an Electric Smoker [Boneless & Skinless]

Smoke chicken breasts the easy way with this electric smoker recipe. Boneless and skinless chicken breasts prepared with an easy dry rub seasoning, and cooked over applewood. This barbecue recipe is juicy and smokey, and an instant crowd-pleaser!

electric smoker chicken breast recipe

Sometimes the best electric smoker recipes are the simplest, and these smoked chicken breasts are proof of that. They need minimal meat prep and are cooked for just one hour in your electric smoker before they’re good to go.

Skinless and boneless chicken breasts are one of the best cuts of chicken for barbecue. They may be much smaller than other classic smoked cuts, like whole chicken or beer can chicken, but they’re as juicy and tender as any other.

I recommend getting skinless and boneless chicken breasts for this recipe. This will cook evenly throughout, without any bone disrupting the smoke penetrating through the meat. Boneless breasts are easy and inexpensive to buy, and should be available at almost any store or supermarket meat counter.

electric smoker chicken breast recipe

Meat prep

Raw chicken breasts usually come packaged neatly and with very little work for you to do. I do recommend giving them a quick glance before smoking, cutting away any little strips of fat that might be hanging off the meat. In this case, the fat doesn’t serve much purpose so it’s best to get rid of it.

I don’t use a brine when I’m smoking chicken breasts by themselves. The smoking time for this recipe is only around an hour, so using a brine isn’t necessary. However, if you do prefer to use one then make sure you’ve given yourself a few hours to leave the chicken in the brining solution. Anything between two and five hours should be enough.

sweet bbq dry rub on raw chicken breast before cooking electric smoker

Finally, use a dry rub before cooking. A good seasoning blend will infuse a good deal of flavor into the chicken, giving that distinct barbecue taste.

My go-to for chicken is my all-purpose BBQ chicken rub. I use it for my whole chicken, my spatchcock chicken, and these boneless breasts are no different. It contains a blend of paprika, thyme, and chili powder, giving the chicken a subtle hint of herb and spice. Full ingredients and measurement in the recipe below.

electric smoker chicken breast recipe
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Electric Smoker Chicken Breast

Smoke chicken breasts the easy way with this electric smoker recipe. Prepared with a simple herb BBQ dry rub and cookled over applewood, these smoked boneless chicken breasts are bursting with barbecue flavor.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, BBQ
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Smoking wood chips (apple, peach or cherry)

Ingredients

  • 4 large chicken breasts skinless and boneless
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

BBQ Dry Rub

  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp kosher/table salt
  • 2 tbsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Fire up electric smoker to 225°F (107°C). Put apple, peach, or cherry wood chips in the tray or smoker box.
  • Coat the chicken breasts in a thin layer of olive oil. Combine all dry rub ingredients in a small bowl. Apply dry rub seasoning to each breast, covering evenly on all sides.
  • Transfer breasts to electric smoker. Close door and smoke until internal temperature has reached 160°F (71°C), approximately 1 hour.
  • Remove chicken breasts from smoker and place on chopping board. Tent in aluminum foil and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes, or until internal temperature has risen to 165°F (74°C).
  • Serve whole or in slices.

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