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)
210 Calories
9g Fat
16g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 210
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 657mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 38mg 189%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 297mg 6%
*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 freshly ground 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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