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.
How to make Citrus smoked chicken
First! you want to start with the 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!
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 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.
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.
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!
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Smokey, savory citrus chicken is easy to make, perfectly moist and bursting with flavor.
- 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
Combine all ingredients in a large gallon bag, bowl or flat pan. Cover.
Allow to marinate in the fridge for 6-8 hours.
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.
You can also Broil or Grill chicken if smoker is not available.