Pit Boss Smoked and Stuffed Chicken Breast

Want to try making stuffed chicken breasts? I have a simple yet delicious recipe that will ensure you end up with super succulent chicken each and every time. This is a winner for a cookout or just a quick weeknight dinner.

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Why You’ll Love This Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe

This recipe is super simple to make. However, there’s nothing simple about the flavor.

With delicious smoky chicken filled with feta, garlic and spinach will make this dish seem like it belongs at a restaurant! While many chicken recipes can be difficult, this one may become your new go-to recipe!

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What You’ll Need to for Stuffed Chicken Breast

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Spinach 
  • Danish Feta 
  • Garlic
  • Bbq rub
  • Butcher’s twine or toothpicks
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How to Make Smoked Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe

Step 1: Cook the Veggies

  • Cook spinach in a frying pan until wilted.
  • Add minced garlic for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Set aside and cool.
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Step 2: Prepare the Stuffing

  • In a bowl, combine the Danish feta with spinach and mix. (Use a soft feta like Danish for more of a creamier texture).
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Step 3: Stuff the Chicken

  • Cut a pocket into the thickest part of the chicken breast. Be careful not to cut all the way through.
  • Insert a spoonful of the filling into the pocket of the chicken. Some filling may overspill but try to keep it all in.
  • Secure the breast with butcher’s twine or toothpicks.
  • Apply your BBQ rub all over the stuffed chicken breasts.
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Step 4: Cook the Chicken

  • Smoke at 225°F until internal temperature hits 165°F. It will probably take 3-4 hours, depending on the size of the breasts. You can spritz your chicken however this might affect the crispness of it.
  • Measure the temperature at the thickest portion of the breast to ensure that it is 165°F.
  • Let cool for a few minutes and serve.
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What Temperature to Smoke Stuffed Chicken Breast At

We’ll smoke the chicken at 225°F. This low temperature will prevent the chicken breast from drying out, at a high or medium heat, the chicken might dry out too quickly.

Using the indirect heat on your Pit Boss will be the best way to smoke the chicken for this recipe.

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What Internal Temperature You Need to Reach for Stuffed Chicken Breast

Chicken needs to be cooked to the internal temp of 165°F. This safe temperature kills any possible bacteria that may cause food poisoning.

Measure the internal temp in the thickest portion of the chicken. This is the best way to ensure that the chicken is hot enough.

You can use a temperature probe while you’re cooking to monitor the temperature.

How Long to Smoke Stuffed Chicken Breast

The cooking time will depend on the size of your chicken breasts. The ones we used were fairly large (about 350g or .77 lbs per breast) so it took about 3.5-4 hours.

Smaller breasts will have a quick cook time while larger breasts will take longer. You should use a meat probe thermometer to monitor the temperature while the meat cooks.

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What to Serve With Stuffed Chicken Breast

Here are some good side dishes to go with stuffed chicken:

Should I Brine My Stuffed Chicken?

Brining chicken is an optional step that some people swear by. The salt will help to tenderize the meat and keep it moist. Some people will use other seasonings to help add flavor.

However, this step requires some planning ahead. If you have the time and energy to brine your chicken, go for it! If you don’t have the time to brine your chicken, then don’t worry about it. The final product will still be delicious!

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Should I Wrap the Stuffed Chicken in Bacon?

Wrapping the chicken with bacon can help the meat to stay juicy. Since skinless chicken breasts may dry out quickly. This is why you might want to consider wrapping them in bacon.

However, cooking low and slow will also prevent the chicken from drying out. This is a good option if you don’t like bacon or don’t have bacon.

It takes about two slices of bacon per breast. Wrap them tightly around the chicken. Use toothpicks or butcher’s twine to hold it together.

Variations for Stuffed Chicken Breast

There are several ways to tweak this recipe.

If you like spicy foods, you can add some chopped jalapenos to the stuffing mixture.

You can use a type of cheese instead of feta if you’d like. Soft cheeses are best, though! You could try gouda, boursin, or even mozzarella. A block of cream cheese or even Swiss cheese will be delicious options, too.

For extra barbecue flavor, you could mix the seasoning in with the stuffing, too. You can add other seasonings, too. Maybe you’d like to add black pepper or your favorite chicken seasoning blend.

To get extra veggies, you could add asparagus, red bell pepper, or another vegetable. This can add flavor and nutrition!

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How to Store Leftover Stuffed Chicken Breast

Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Refrigerate within 2 hours of taking the chicken off the Pit Boss. If it gets down to room temperature for too long, it will be at risk of bacterial growth.

You can freeze them in a freezer-proof bag for longer. However, this recipe doesn’t freeze as well as most recipes.

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Wood Chips for Stuffed Chicken Breast

I would recommend going for a lighter flavor for chicken, this would be cherry or apple wood. If you like a strong smoky flavor you can try mesquite, oak or hickory.

Stuffed Chicken Breast

Want to try making stuffed chicken breasts? I have a simple yet delicious recipe that will ensure you end up with super succulent chicken each and every time. This is a winner for a cookout or just a quick weeknight dinner.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, lunch, main, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 402kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 20

Equipment

  • 1 Pellet smoker

Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts
  • Spinach
  • Danish Feta
  • Garlic cloves
  • Bbq rub
  • Butcher’s twine or toothpicks

Instructions

Step 1: Cook the Veggies

  • Cook spinach in a frying pan until wilted.
  • Add minced garlic for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Set aside and cool.

Step 2: Prepare the Stuffing

  • In a bowl, combine the Danish feta with spinach and mix. (Use a soft feta like Danish for more of a creamier texture).

Step 3: Stuff the Chicken

  • Cut a pocket into the thickest part of the chicken breast. Be careful not to cut all the way through.
  • Insert a spoonful of the filling into the pocket of the chicken. Some filling may overspill but try to keep it all in.
  • Secure the breast with butcher’s twine or toothpicks.
  • Apply your BBQ rub all over the stuffed chicken breasts.

Step 4: Cook the Chicken

  • Smoke at 225°F until internal temperature hits 165°F. It will probably take 3-4 hours, depending on the size of the breasts.
  • Measure the temperature at the thickest portion of the breast to ensure that it is 165°F.
  • Let cool for a few minutes and serve.

Smoke On!

Charlie

Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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