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Smoke Roasted Chicken

Traeger Kitchen


Smoke Roasted Chicken

Prep Time

20

Minutes

Cook Time

1

Hours

Serves

4 - 6

People

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What's this?

Rotisserie chicken is perfect for family Sunday dinner, or cook up this delicious bird and make your weekly meal prep simple by portioning it out into containers.

Ingredients

  • 8 Tablespoon butter, room temperature

  • 1 Clove garlic, minced

  • 1 Scallions, minced

  • 2 Tablespoon fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, sage or parsley

  • As Needed Traeger Chicken Rub

  • lemon juice

  • 1 whole chicken

  • As Needed vegetable oil

Steps

  • 1

    In a small bowl, combine butter, scallions, garlic, minced fresh herbs, 1-1/2 teaspoon of the rub, and lemon juice. Blend well with a wooden spoon.
  • 2

    Remove any giblets from the cavity of the chicken. Wash the chicken inside and out with cold running water. Dry thoroughly with paper towels.
  • 3

    Sprinkle a generous amount of Chicken Rub into the cavity of the chicken.
  • 4

    Gently loosen the skin around the chicken breast and slide in a few tablespoons of the herb butter under the skin and cover evenly.
  • 5

    Smear outside of chicken with the remaining herb butter.
  • 6

    Tuck the chicken wings behind the back. Tie the legs together with butcher’s string.
  • 7

    Sprinkle the outside of the chicken with more Chicken Rub and insert sprigs of fresh herbs into the cavity of the chicken if desired.
  • 8

    When ready to cook, set temperature to High and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
  • 9

    Oil the grill grate with vegetable oil. Place the chicken on the grill grate, breast-side up, and close the lid.
  • 10

    After chicken has cooked for 1 hour, lift the lid. If chicken is browning too quickly, cover the breast and legs with aluminum foil.
  • 11

    Close the lid and continue to roast the chicken until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers a temperature of 165℉ (about 15 to 20 minutes more).
  • 12

    Remove chicken from grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve. Enjoy!
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Tips From the Pros: How to Smoke a Whole Chicken

Follow this step-by-step guide for smoking whole chicken with tips on buying, prepping, brines, injections, rubs, smoking woods, and a time and temp guide.