Traeger Chicken Breasts (Easy Smoker Recipe)

This easy Traeger Chicken Breasts recipe features marinated chicken breasts cooked low and slow on a pellet grill. It’s the perfect summer meal with layers of herbaceous, tart, and smoky flavors in every bite!

Chicken breasts are known to be an easy-to-cook and flexible protein you can infuse with many different flavors. But this Traeger Chicken Breasts recipe takes this simple cut of chicken over the top!

This recipe begins by marinating chicken breasts in my simple Greek marinade so every bite has a refreshing pop of tart citrus. From there, the marinated chicken breasts make their way to the pellet grill to cook low and slow. Smoking chicken on a Traeger pellet grill infuses the meat with natural, wood-fired flavors that you can’t get from baking, sous vide, or air frying

The smoked chicken breasts are always juicy with layers of mouthwatering flavors that no one can resist. Enjoy them for summer dinners, potlucks, or anytime you’re ready to fire up the pellet grill!

Smoked Chicken on plate with grill marks.

Ingredients needed

Here’s everything you need to make marinated smoked chicken breasts on a pellet grill:

  • Chicken While I made this recipe with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, it works just as well with boneless or bone-in chicken thighs. Just know that bone-in cuts will take slightly longer to cook.
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar – This adds a tangy and slightly sweet flavor to the chicken marinade. The acidity also breaks down the proteins in the chicken, resulting in a more tender and juicy texture.
  • Lemon juice and zest – These also give the marinade a vibrant and zesty flavor while tenderizing the meat.
  • Garlic
  • Honey – For a delicate sweetness that balances the rich and savory flavors.
  • Dried oregano – To give the chicken an even more herbaceous flavor, you can add dried basil, rosemary, and/or thyme to the marinade.
  • Onion powder
  • Salt and black pepper

How to cook chicken breasts on a Traeger grill

Whisk the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and add the chicken breasts to a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, then place it in the fridge to marinate.

Once it’s done marinating, place the chicken on the preheated Traeger (or other pellet grill) and grill until the breasts are cooked through. 

Transfer the grilled chicken to a clean plate and tent it with foil. Set it aside to rest before slicing and serving. Enjoy! 

Tips and tricks

  • Large, thick chicken breasts will take longer to cook. To speed up the cooking time, cut each breast in half and pound them to an even 1-inch thickness before marinating. 
  • Remember to take the marinated chicken out of the fridge 20 minutes before you start cooking. This way, it will come down to room temperature and cook more evenly. 
  • Feel free to reserve the leftover marinade and use it as a baste to brush over the chicken as it cooks.
  • Experiment with different wood pellets to adjust the flavors. Hickory, apple, or mesquite wood pellets will all add distinct smoky notes without overpowering the chicken’s natural flavors. 

Customize it

The beauty of this smoked chicken recipe is its flavor possibilities. You can turn up the flavor by changing the marinade, rubbing the chicken with a seasoning blend, or basting the chicken with sauce while it’s cooking. These delicious ideas will help you get started:

Close up of chicken breast with grill marks next to piece of sliced chicken.

FAQs

How long should you marinate chicken breasts before cooking them on a Traeger?

At a minimum, you should marinate the chicken breasts between 30 minutes to 2 hours. But to give them an even more intense flavor, leave them in the marinade for 4 to 24 hours. 

How long does it take to smoke chicken breasts on a Traeger at 400ºF?

Boneless and skinless chicken breasts (of a 1-inch thickness) will take around 15 to 20 minutes to cook at 400ºF. Bone-in chicken breasts or thighs will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes to cook. Just keep in mind that these cooking times may vary based on the size and thickness of the chicken.

How do you know when chicken breasts are done smoking?

You’ll know they’re done cooking when their internal temperature reaches 165ºF. To check the temperature, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken breasts as they’re cooking.

Serving suggestions

I highly recommend serving the smoked chicken breasts with a delicious sauce drizzled on top! My Creamy Green Sauce and Jerk Sauce are two of my favorites, but any of these 25+ Delicious Sauces for Chicken will pair well.

As for sides, pair the smoked chicken with any of these classic barbecue sides

Did you end up with leftover chicken? Chop or shred the leftover cooked chicken breasts and put them to use in any of these dishes:

Storing

Store the leftover chicken breasts in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. They also freeze well for 3 to 4 months. Before reheating, let the chicken thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

If you have extra unused marinade, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Any leftover used marinade must be discarded as it can contain harmful bacteria from the raw meat.

Close up of chicken breast with grill marks.

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Close up of chicken breast with grill marks.

Traeger Chicken Breasts Recipe

This easy Traeger Chicken Breasts recipe features Greek marinated chicken breasts cooked low and slow on a pellet grill. It’s the perfect summer meal with layers of herbaceous, tart, and smoky flavors in every bite!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (grated or minced)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Chicken:

  • 1 pound chicken (breasts or thighs, pounded to a uniform thickness)

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the marinade ingredients.
  • Place the chicken in a large ziploc bag or casserole dish, and pour in the marinade.
  • Allow chicken to marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  • Once ready to cook, remove the chicken from the refrigerator and allow it to sit on the counter for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat your Traeger (or other pellet grill) to 400 degrees. Grill the chicken for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through.
  • Remove from the grill and set aside to a clean plate. Tent with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Notes

Store the leftover chicken breasts in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. They also freeze well for 3 to 4 months. Before reheating, let the chicken thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
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Equipment

Traeger or Smoker

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1006mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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