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Smoked Herb Chicken Recipe
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Smoked Herb Chicken

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"This is a great recipe for smoked chicken. I use chunks of hickory in my grill to impart a smoky flavor to the meat."

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Original recipe makes 1 chicken Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 15 mins


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for low heat.
  2. Rinse chicken inside and out. Pat dry. Loosen skin around the breast area.
  3. Place three tablespoons of butter in various places under the skin. Mix herbs together and place half under the skin and the other half inside the chicken.
  4. Cook chicken with smoke for 4 hours or until juices run clear when poked with a fork.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 02, 2006

Very easy and delicious recipe. I smoked a large roaster for about 4.5 to 5 hours and the chicken was very juicy. I could not taste the herbs throughout the chicken, though; only on the breast area where the herbs were stuffed under the skin. Next time I will try inserting the butter and herbs throughout the entire bird so there will be more of those yummy, herbal bites. Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 25, 2011

The chicken came out much too dry for me, and I reduced cooking time by 1/2 hour. Definitely check the meat towards the end to see if it is overcooking. Other than that, I used apple chips and it gave a great flavor.


9 Ratings

Apr 19, 2010

Excellent! We actually used our charcoal smoker and smoked with mesquite wood instead of cooking this on the grill. The herbs really gave the whole chicken a nice flavor. I added bay leaves in the cavity and rubbed the skin down with garlic powder before cooking. Thanks!

Aug 30, 2010

This is very good! I didn't have fresh oregano or basil so I used fresh rosemary sprigs. I put butter under the skin with two fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh parsley. I also put it inside the cavity with chopped onion. The fresh rosemary flavor was delish! We smoked our 5 lb. chicken for 5 hours at 225. Great recipe!

Mar 07, 2011

Used soaked mesquite chips and smoked on gas smoker for 4 hours. Really nice flavour! ( I put an onion in cavity and used dried spiced except for parsley which was fresh.

Jul 02, 2014

While the smoked chicken itself turned out quite nicely, I couldn't really detect the presence of any of the herbs. It seemed like a lot of prep work with very little payoff. Perhaps roasting might be a better option, with occasional basting.


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  • Calories
  • 324 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 108 mg
  • 36%
  • Fat
  • 21.4 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 30.7 g
  • 61%
  • Sodium
  • 124 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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