Smoked Whole Chicken

4.50 from 2 votes

Smoked Whole Chicken

The Smoked whole chicken is definitely going to be the star of the show for your work’s potluck, family holiday feast, or just to show off for your sweetie. 
Servings 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 40 minutes


  • Z Grills Pellet Smoker
  • Z Grills Cherry Grill Pellets


  • 1 whole chickens
  • tbsp  of rub for each whole chicken


  • Preheat your smoker grill to 250°F
  • Rinse the chicken under cold water. Trim any excess skin or fat around the neck area or in and around the bird’s cavity.
  • Tie the legs together using kitchen string or butcher's twine. If desired, fold the wings back and under the back. This is not necessary, but nice for the presentation.
  • Generously rub the bird with the spice rub. Make sure all areas are covered.
  • Place the birds on the grill racks and leave them in the smoker until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F. This takes about 3-5 hours, depending on the quantity of food you grill.
  • Let the chicken rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken

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  1. Arron Maserjian says:

    4 stars
    Temp and time are perfect. Do you know a trick to make the skin crispy?

    1. z grills Author says:

      Hi Arron,

      Thanks for your comment. To make the skin crispy, you can use a salt rub 1-2 days before smoking or apply baking powder to chicken skins. For more information please check out this article

  2. Mark Calabrase says:

    5 stars
    Smoking a chicken & roast today using my Z grill for the first time. I set the temp at 225 to smoke & hoping that works?
    I’m not sure to close the Air Door or leave it open? Any suggestions? It’s closed now. Tks
    Keep you posted.

    1. z grills Author says:

      Hi Mark,

      Leave the door closed. Open it only when you need to access direct flame.

  3. Timothy Wilson II says:

    Followed your temp and cook time almost to a Tee. Only think is we had to cook it alittle longer to get to the 165 internal temp but it was perfect.

  4. Matt Weleski says:

    Any recommendations for a good rub for chicken?

  5. Uriah Nolder says:

    I’ve just purchased one of your grills and a rotisserie is attachment for yet do you have any recipes for doing a rotisserie chicken

    1. z grills Author says:

      Sure, we have a recipe for how to smoke a whole chicken, check it out here:

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