1tbspspice mix of choice like garlic herb or Italian seasoningoptional - try this recipe plain first!
Preheat a pellet grill to 225ºF and make sure the pellet hopper is full.
Evenly coat the chicken breasts with the oil, sea salt, and pepper. Add the optional spice mix if desired, but you will taste the smoke flavor better without it, so try it both ways.
Place the chicken breasts on the pellet grill and let the grill work it's magic for about 1 hour.
Test the chicken to see if it's done by inserting an instant read thermometer. When it reaches 165ºF at the thickest part, the chicken is done. This could take up to 90 minutes total depending on the temperature outside, wind, etc.
If your chicken breasts are larger than 8 ounces, you may want to turn them over after 1 hour to cook more evenly for the next 30 minutes or so. For a nicely browned color, refer to the notes below for the searing option.
When the chicken is done, remove it from the pellet grill and serve immediately. Or let cool to room temperature and slice or dice it as part of your meal prepping.
This recipe is intended for a pellet grill like Pit Boss or a Traeger.For added color you can sear the smoked chicken breasts at the end of the cooking time, if you have a sear option on your pellet grill. When the chicken breasts have reached 160ºF, turn up the temperature to 450ºF and open the sear plate on the grill. Place the chicken breasts over the direct flame and cook for a few minutes to brown each side. When they've browned and have reached 165ºF remove them from the grill to serve.