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The Grilled Chicken Challenge




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’s Chicken Rub and cook for just over an hour. That’s all you’ll need to do for chicken perfection.


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  • 1 (4 lb) whole chicken

  • Traeger Chicken Rub

  • How to Cook Whole Chicken | Traeger Staples

  • 1

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

    375 ˚F

  • 2

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels (remove and discard giblets, if any). Lightly season the entire chicken, including the cavity, with Traeger Chicken Rub.
    • 1 (4 lb) whole chicken

    • To Taste Traeger Chicken Rub

  • 3

    Insert the probe into the thickest part of the breast. Place the chicken directly on the grill grates, breast-side up. Close the lid and cook until the internal temperature reaches 160℉, about 70 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken.

    375 ˚F

    160 ˚F

  • 4

    Remove the chicken from grill and let rest until internal temperature reaches 165℉, 15-20 minutes. Carve the chicken, then serve. Enjoy!

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