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posted January 04, 2023

Pellet Grill Chicken Breast

Pellet grill chicken breast is an amazing way to cook chicken breast. The meat comes off the grill juicy and delicious with a nice smoky flavor you won’t get on a regular grill alone.

Chicken breast sliced and spread out on a wooden cutting board with text overlay - Pellet Grill Chicken Breast.

Chicken Breast on Pellet Grill

Lightly smoky, incredibly juicy, and super flavorful from the seasoning blend, this pellet grill chicken breast is the best way to cook chicken. You can serve these either dry-rubbed or basted in BBQ sauce for a sweet and smoky BBQ chicken that pairs well with anything.

The best thing about this recipe is how easy this chicken is to make. Simply season, grill, baste, and serve. You can also mix and match your favorite seasonings and BBQ sauce in this recipe and make it your own.

Chicken breasts being seasoned with Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub.

Ingredients for Pellet Grill Chicken Breast

My goal with this recipe was to keep things as simple as possible. You won’t find a long list of ingredients needed for this recipe. In fact, if you snag your rubs and seasonings right here it only requires 4 ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need to make this chicken breast.

Both Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub and Everything BBQ Sauce are available in the Hey Grill Hey Store. If you don’t have any on hand, you can also make these from scratch using my recipes for Best Sweet Rub and Kansas City BBQ Sauce.

As mentioned earlier, this recipe is very customizable, so feel free to substitute the rub and sauce with your favorites or whatever you have in your pantry.

Chicken breast on the grill being drizzled with BBQ sauce.

How to Smoke Chicken Breast on a Pellet Grill

Let’s get into the process of making this tasty meal, shall we? Here’s how to cook chicken breast on a pellet grill.

  1. Preheat. As soon as you’re ready to cook your chicken, turn on the pellet smoker and allow it to fully preheat to 325 degrees F. Season the chicken while the grill heats up.
  2. Season. Drizzle the chicken with olive oil then season well with Sweet Rub.
  3. Grill. Place the seasoned chicken on the grates of the pellet grill, and cook for 15 minutes. Flip, and continue cooking until the temperature reaches 150 degrees F.
  4. Baste. Baste each chicken breast with BBQ sauce. Continue cooking the chicken until it reaches 160 degrees F.
  5. Rest and serve. Remove the chicken from the pellet grill and place it on a plate. Tent with aluminum foil and rest for 5-10 minutes. Serve with extra BBQ sauce for dipping.

Chicken breast on the grill reading a temperature of 160 degrees F with an instant-read thermometer.

How Long to Cook Chicken Breast on Pellet Grill

It takes approximately 25-30 minutes to cook chicken breast on the pellet grill with the smoker running steady at 325 degrees F. Mind you, this time is just a general guideline, and this time could vary depending on the thickness of your chicken and the steadiness of the heat on your smoker.

Rather than going off of time when cooking chicken, I always recommend cooking to temperature. Grill this chicken breast until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 160 degrees F using an instant-read meat thermometer. Tenting the chicken with foil while it rests will bring the temp up to a final target temperature of 165 degrees F.

Chicken breast sliced and spread out on a wooden cutting board.

More Chicken Breast Recipes

The tasty goodness doesn’t stop here. Hey Grill Hey is loaded with amazing recipes that you can make for your family and friends on your grill or smoker. Here are some other popular chicken breast recipes to check out below.

Pellet Grill Chicken Breast Recipe

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Chicken breast sliced and spread out on a wooden cutting board.

Pellet Grill Chicken Breast

Susie Bulloch
Pellet grill chicken breast is an amazing way to cook chicken breast. The meat comes off the grill juicy and delicious with a nice smoky flavor you won't get on a regular grill alone.
Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook Time : 35 mins
Total Time : 50 mins
Servings : 6 people
Calories : 375kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub (recipe link in notes)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 cup Hey Grill Hey Everything BBQ Sauce (recipe link in notes)

Instructions

  • Preheat. Preheat your pellet grill to 325 degrees F.
  • Season. Drizzle the chicken breast with olive oil and massage to coat on all sides. Season the oiled chicken with Sweet Rub on all sides.
  • Grill the chicken. Place the seasoned chicken on the grill grates of the p, close the lid, and cook for 15 minutes. Flip each chicken breast over on the grill, close the lid, and cook for 10 more minutes, or until the chicken reads 150 degrees F internal temperature.
  • Baste. Baste each chicken breast with some BBQ sauce. Close the lid and continue cooking for 5-10 more minutes until the chicken reaches 160 degrees F.
  • Rest. Remove the chicken from the grill to a rimmed plate or platter to rest. Tent with foil and allow the carry-over cooking to bring the chicken up to a finished internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Enjoy. Serve with additional BBQ sauce on the side and enjoy!

Notes

Sweet Rub
Everything BBQ Sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 981mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 304IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg
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