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Traeger Kitchen

The Grilled Chicken Challenge

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Cook Time

1 Hours




Don’t let the simplicity of one of our most famous recipes fool you. This bad bird packs a powerful flavorful punch. Simply coat a whole chicken with Traeger Chicken Rub and cook for just over an hour. That’s all you’ll need to do for chicken perfection.


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Units of Measurement:


  • 1 (4 lb) whole chicken

  • Traeger Chicken Rub


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set temperature to 375℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    Grill375 ˚F

  • 2

    Rinse and pat dry the whole chicken (remove and discard giblets, if any). Lightly season the entire chicken, including the cavity with Traeger Chicken Rub.


    • 1 (4 lb) whole chicken

    • As Needed Traeger Chicken Rub

  • 3

    Place the chicken on the grill grate and cook for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove chicken from grill when internal temperature of breast reaches 160℉. The temperature will continue to rise as the chicken rests. Check temperature periodically throughout as cook times will vary based on the weight of the chicken.

    Probe160 ˚F

  • 4

    Allow bird to rest until internal temperature of breast reaches 165℉, 15-20 minutes. 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.