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Smoke Roasted Chicken

Smoke Roasted Chicken

By Traeger Kitchen

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.

Prep Time

20 Min

Cook Time

1 Hr
15 Min




Number of People Serving


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Units of Measurment:
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


  • 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.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 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).

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C

    165 ˚F / 74 ˚C

  • 12

    Remove chicken from grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve. Enjoy!

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.

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