Traeger Smoked Stuffed Chicken Breast

There’s nothing better than a hearty stuffed and smoked chicken breast. I mean how could you not love feta, spinach and garlic inside a smoked chicken breast?

I’m a massive fan of stuffed chicken breast for many reasons, one of them being that there is no hard and fast rule as to what to stuff them with. 

I’ve tried a bunch of combinations but my favorite is the one I’ve listed in this recipe.

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Why You’ll Love This Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe

Let’s be honest, smoking stuffed chicken is not always easy to do, but you’ll love this recipe because I’ve nutted out the perfect process that means the chicken breasts turn out tender and juicy every 

Chicken unfortunately has the tendency to turn rubbery and dry if it’s not smoked properly. So be sure to follow along with my tried and tested recipe below to ensure your chicken breasts turn out as juicy and tender as mine.

I’ve also included a delicious filling that can be whipped up in five minutes from simple and cheap ingredients that can be made again and again and again, plus alternatives if you want to try different fillings!

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What You’ll Need to Cook Stuffed Chicken Breast

Chicken Breasts
Spinach
Danish Feta
Minced Garlic
BBQ Rub

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How to Make Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Step 1: Heat Spinach and Garlic in a Frying Pan

Cook the spinach in a frying pan until it’s wilted. Add in minced garlic for 1 minute until fragrant. Set aside these to cool.

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Step 2: Add the Feta to Combine

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: Make Your Chicken Breast Pockets

Cut a pocket into the thickest part of the chicken breast. Be careful not to cut all the way through otherwise you’ll be left with a fairly flimsy pocket.

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Step 4: Stuff Your Chicken Breast Pockets

Insert a spoonful of the filling into the pocket of the chicken.

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Step 5: Seal up the Breast Pockets

Secure the breast with butchers twine or toothpicks.

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Step 6: Coat the Stuffed Chicken Breasts in the Rub

Brush a little bit of olive oil onto the stuffed chicken breasts and apply your BBQ. Allow them to sit for as long as you like before smoking! The longer you leave the rub, the more intense the flavor becomes.

Step 7: Smoke Your Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Smoke at 225°F until the internal temperature hits 165°F. This will depend on the size of your chicken breasts. Mine were fairly large (about 350g per breast) so it took about 3.5-4 hours of smoking.

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What Temperature to Smoke Stuffed Chicken Breast At

For this recipe, I set my chicken breasts to smoke at 225°F. It’s a good idea to set up your smoker before you start cooking so your smoker has time to heat up.

What Internal Temperature You Need to Reach for Stuffed Chicken Breast

The internal temperature of the stuffed chicken breasts should be 165°F. Make sure you’ve reached this because eating chicken that hasn’t been cooked past 75°F

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How Long Does It Take to Smoke Stuffed Chicken Breast

The time it takes to smoke stuffed chicken breasts will depend on the size of your breasts. The ones I used for this recipe were quite large (sitting at roughly 350g per breast).

So they were able to reach their internal temperature I had them smoke in the smoker for around 4 hours.

The secret to achieving tender, juicy chicken breasts is to smoke them for a long period of time at a low temperature.

This gives the chicken time to cook and turn white while not drying out immediately.

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Can I Cook the Chicken Breasts With Skin On?

The issue with smoking chicken breasts with the skin on is that the skin has a tendency to turn rubbery, which is not enjoyable to eat at all, so I’d recommend buying your chicken breasts with the skin already removed for this recipe.

What to Serve With Stuffed Chicken Breast

These stuffed and smoked chicken breasts can be served with any complementary carby side dishes or simple roasted veggies. Some of the dishes I like to have on the side are:

Creamy Smoky Mash Potatoes

Grilled and Smoky Asparagus

How to Store Leftover Stuffed Chicken Breast

To store leftover stuffed and smoked chicken breasts, allow them to cool and place them in an air-tight container, then refrigerate.

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Best Wood Chips for Stuffed Chicken Breast

The best wood chips for stuffed chicken breast that I like to use are sweet wood chips. Chips like maple, apple, cherry, hickory, or mesquite complement the chicken breasts really well.

Hickory is a harder wood than most but has a strong and sweet aroma that smells uncannily like bacon.

There’s also nothing stopping you from combining two different types of wood chips for a different taste.

Do I Need to Let Cooked Chicken Rest?

It’s never a bad idea to allow the breasts to rest for 5 to 10 minutes after smoking.

Allowing the cooked chicken to rest after cooking lets the tendons and juices in the meat relax and this gives the breasts a tender texture.

To add more flavor to stuffed chicken breasts, wrap the chicken in foil and allow to rest for twenty minutes.

What Rub Should I Use for Stuffed Chicken Breasts?

What rub you should use to coat your chicken breasts ultimately needs to complement the chicken. I used a lemon, salt, garlic, and rosemary rub for these breasts, but it’s totally up to your taste.

Many rubs can be found at the butcher or up at the supermarket.

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How Long Should I Leave the Rub on the Chicken Breasts Before Smoking?

How long you leave the rub on the chicken before smoking depends on how much time you have.

Dry rubs work better over time, but you can marinade for as little as 30 minutes and as long as 24 hours. I left mine to marinade for half an hour.

Can I Use Other Ingredients for the Stuffing?

Yes, you can use other ingredients for the stuffing of the stuffed chicken breasts. Some other good combinations are mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes mixed in with red onions.

If you like a touch of spice you can add jalapenos or chili powder.

You can even use different cheeses like Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, mozzarella or cream cheese!

I like using Danish feta because it’s creamy so it acts as a great combining agent, but it’s also salty so it adds a salty flavor to the chicken breasts.

Do I Need to Flip the Stuffed and Smoked Chicken Breasts?

No, you don’t need to flip the stuffed and smoked chicken breasts. The smoke and heat encircle the chicken while it’s in the smoker and cook the chicken throughout.

Do I Need to Spritz the Stuffed Chicken Breasts?

To help the breasts not dry out it’s a good idea to spritz the chicken breasts with a little bit of water intermittently while they’re smoking.

This does help keep the chicken breasts juicy and tender and also helps them cook more evenly.

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Traeger Smoked Stuffed Chicken Breast

My recipe for Traeger smoked and stuffed chicken breast is a favorite amongst my friends, family ands neighbours. I mean who can resist feta, spinach stuffed inside a smoky chicken breast
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 people
Calories: 406kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 12

Equipment

  • 1 Smoker

Ingredients

  • 2.2 lbs Chicken Breasts
  • 1.5 cups Spinach
  • 1 cup Danish Feta
  • 3 cloves Minced Garlic
  • 2 tbsp BBQ Rub

Instructions

Step 1: Heat Spinach and Garlic in a Frying Pan

  • Cook the spinach in a frying pan until it’s wilted. Add in minced garlic for 1 minute until fragrant. Set aside these to cool.

Step 2: Add the Feta to Combine

  • 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: Make Your Chicken Breast Pockets

  • Cut a pocket into the thickest part of the chicken breast. Be careful not to cut all the way through otherwise you’ll be left with a fairly flimsy pocket.

Step 4: Stuff Your Chicken Breast Pockets

  • Insert a spoonful of the filling into the pocket of the chicken.

Step 5: Seal up the Breast Pockets

  • Secure the breast with butchers twine or toothpicks.

Step 6: Coat the Stuffed Chicken Breasts in the Rub

  • Brush a little bit of olive oil onto the stuffed chicken breasts and apply your BBQ. Allow them to sit for as long as you like before smoking! The longer you leave the rub, the more intense the flavor becomes.

Step 7: Smoke Your Stuffed Chicken Breasts

  • Smoke at 225°F until the internal temperature hits 165°F. This will depend on the size of your chicken breasts. Mine were fairly large (about 350g per breast) so it took about 3.5-4 hours of smoking.

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!

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