5 from 1 vote
Whole smoked chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs 30 mins

Full of flavor and perfect right off the smoker, this whole smoked chicken recipe is perfect!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoker
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 442 kcal
Author: Cynthia Rusincovitch
  • 1 whole chicken about 4 pounds
  • 5 Tbsp butter softened
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
  1. Preheat your smoker to 280 degrees
  2. Trim chicken of any excess skin, rinse and thoroughly pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients into a soft paste. Gently separate the skin from the breast of the chicken and place about 1 Tbsp of seasoning paste under the skin of each breast. Place the skin back down and gently press to help distribute the butter over the chicken breast.
  4. Heat remaining butter mixture just until melted, then pour over chicken and rub with your hands to coat the entire bird. Tie tips of legs together with butcher’s twine and tuck tips of wings under legs to help keep the bird compact and cook more evenly.
  5. Place your seasoned chicken in your smoker and cook for approximately 3.5 hours or until the internal temperature of the thickest part reaches 16Remove from the smoker, tent with foil for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Whole smoked chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 675mg28%
Potassium 353mg10%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1381IU28%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.