Smoked Lemon Chicken

Smoked chicken
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
331 Calories
13g Fat
27g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 331
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 1367mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 27g
Calcium 121mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a great smoked chicken recipe with tons of flavor that can be prepared either in a smoker or on a grill rotisserie. The result you can expect is chicken so tender you'll be able to lift the meat from the bones.


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 whole lemon (peeled)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1/2 cup fruitwood chips

Steps to Make It

  1. Remove any excess fat or hanging bits of skin from the outside of the chicken. Wipe and clean out the cavity with paper towels.

  2. Rub with lemon juice and salt. Mix bread crumbs with garlic, pepper, tarragon.

  3. Stuff chicken to 1/3 full and add the whole lemon. Add remaining stuffing. Let sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

  4. If smoking, prepare smoker with fruitwood chips and add chicken when coals are 80% white, and cook for 2 to 3 hours. If grilling, preheat the grill with fruit wood chips, place chicken on rotisserie rod (some of the filling might come away during grilling) and cook for 1 to 1.5 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken (particularly in the thigh) reaches 175 F. 

  5. Once cooked, remove from heat and tent with aluminum foil. Let chicken rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

  6. Remove stuffing and lemons. Carve chicken and serve with your favorite sides.

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