Smoked Chicken Breasts

Smoked Chicken Breast Recipe
This smoked chicken breast recipe uses a citrus mop for a sweet and tangy flavor.

These smoked chicken breasts, doused with a sweet and savory citrus and honey mop, are amazing when served alongside a spicy coleslaw for a summer barbecue.

The basis for our smoked breasts starts out with a chicken dry rub made with paprika, cayenne pepper, brown sugar and onion. It’s then doused with a delicious chicken mop made with orange juice, honey, Worcestershire sauce and melted butter.

Smoke at 220 F for roughly 30 minutes, turning once halfway. The smoked chicken will be ready when it reaches a temperature of about 161-165 F.

Serve with cole slaw and barbecue sauce, or make into barbecue chicken sandwiches.

Smoked Chicken Breast recipe
Serve these smoked chicken breasts on a brioche roll with cole slaw and barbecue sauce.

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Smoked Chicken Breast Recipe

Smoked Chicken Breasts with Citrus & Honey Mop

Recipe by Jason Hill –
This smoked chicken breast recipe tastes great served alongside a spicy coleslaw for a summer picnic. I smoked my chicken on my Green Mountain Pellet Grill, but you can use any type of smoker for this recipe. This dish starts out with a chicken dry rub, and includes a delicious chicken mop. Hope you enjoy it!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

Chicken Rub

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Citrus Mop

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon citrus zest
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter


  • Mix up dry rub ingredients.
  • Place 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves on saran wrap and cover with another layer. Pound with mallet until they are of even thickness. Remove top layer of plastic.
  • Coat chicken with the dry rub on both sides. Let sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
  • Make Citrus Mop by mixing all the ingredients together.
  • Drizzle chicken with about half of the citrus mop.
  • Preheat smoker to 220 F. Lay chicken on the smoker and smoke for about 30 minutes. Halfway through the cooking process, mop them with the rest of the citrus mop.
  • When chicken reaches 161-165, remove them from the smoker. Serve with cole slaw and barbecue sauce, or make into sandwiches.
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Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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