Smoked Lemon Chicken
This is a great smoked chicken recipe that has a lot of flavor! This recipe will produce chicken so tender you can just lift the meat from the bones.
- Serves: 12 persons
- 1whole chicken
- ½cup lemon juice
- 1tablespoon salt
- 1whole lemon (peeled)
- 1cup breadcrumbs
- 2cloves garlic
- 2teaspoons black pepper
- 1teaspoon tarragon
- ½cup fruitwood chips
Step 1Remove any excess fat or hanging bits of skin from the outside of the chicken. Wipe and clean out the cavity with paper towels.
Step 2Rub with lemon juice and salt. Mix bread crumbs with garlic, pepper, tarragon.
Step 3Stuff chicken to 1/3 full and add the whole lemon. Add remaining stuffing. Let sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Step 4If smoking, prepare smoker with fruitwood chips and add chicken when coals are 80% white, and cook for 2 to 3 hours. If grilling, preheat the grill with fruit wood chips, place chicken on rotisserie rod (some of the filling might come away during grilling) and cook for 1 to 1.5 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken (particularly in the thigh) reaches 175 F.
Step 5Once cooked, remove from heat and tent with aluminum foil. Let chicken rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 6Remove stuffing and lemons. Carve chicken and serve with your favorite sides.