Main Dish | July 30, 2018

Smoked Chicken Breast

The ultimate chicken recipe!! Its not just because of the deep smokey flavor but also the delicious tenderizing citrus marinade that creates this flavor bomb! Make this smoked chicken breast recipes + this marinade and you will never go back.

bowl of sliced chicken pineapple salsa on a bed of cabbage

How to make Citrus smoked chicken

First! you want to start with the marinade.

7 up chicken marinade

This marinade is a old time favorite of ours. We have used it time and time again. You can use this marinade on chicken you are going grill or bake, not only smoke. The key ingredient is the lemon lime soda! It tenderized and add moisture (as well as flavor) to each chicken breast. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes. Over night is best!

chicken breast marinating in citrus chicken marinade

How to Smoke Chicken Breast

I’ll admit I’m a newbie at smoking. We received this amazing Camp Chef Smoker the begging of the summer and have loved it, but I still feel like I need more experimenting! What I have learned from chicken breast is that you dont want to smoked it too long because it will turn rubbery and dry out.

chicken breast on smoker grill

Chicken is not a meat with a lot of fat or marbling inside, smoking is the best for those meats. However, If you smoke the chicken at a high temp and cook it for less time than you would normally smoke meat for you will still get a deliciously moist chicken breast with a deep smokey flavor.

thermometer in smoked chicken breast

Smoke chicken for about 30 minutes at 350. I flipped mine about half way though, and double checked the internal temp. Make sure you periodically check the temp so your chicken is not over done, or under. Thermoworks is our very favorite thermometer. 

smoked chicken breasts on cutting board

Add you chicken to any meal, eat it by itself, toss it in a salad, cook extra and save for meals durning the week. There are so many options for having smoked chicken around :) We love to serve it with Pineapple Mango Salsa!

bowl of sliced chicken pineapple salsa on a bed of cabbage

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smoked chicken breasts on cutting board
Smoked Citrus Chicken
Prep Time
6 hrs
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
6 hrs 30 mins

Smokey, savory citrus chicken is easy to make, perfectly moist and bursting with flavor. 

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon lime chicken, smoked citrus chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 369 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 1 C soy sauce
  • 1/2 C Veg Oil
  • 1 C lemon lime soda
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 limes lime zest
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large gallon bag, bowl or flat pan. Cover.

  2. Allow to marinate in the fridge for 6-8 hours.

  3. Pre-heat smoker to 350. When hot add chicken and allow to smoke for about 15-20 minutes. Flip, and allow to smoke until it reaches the internal temp of 165. Remove immediately when reaches 165 so it does not over cook or dry out. 

  4. You can also Broil or Grill chicken if smoker is not available.

Nutrition Facts
Smoked Citrus Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 chicken breast)
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 2338mg102%
Potassium 639mg18%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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