Traeger Chicken for Recipe Friday

Update: I’ve notice recently that this post gets a lot of hits. In fact, it’s the #3 post on my blog. But since posting it I’ve actually posted another Traeger Chicken recipe that I like better. So I thought I’d add links to that recipe here for those who want to compare recipes before the cook-out starts. It’s called Dueling Chickens – two different styles of whole chicken on the Traeger.

I think I’ve mentioned a time or two on Recipe Friday that our Traeger pellet stove quit working last summer, and in spite of several calls to tech support my husband was unable to get it fixed. He was told that it was a fuse, but each time he replaced the fuse it would blow again. I was starting to worry that we would have another whole summer without the Traeger.

Then two weekends ago we went to Costco and they happened to be having a Traeger event! (If you aren’t familiar with Costco, their events are where they have various vendors come in for a limited time to set up their wares to sell at discounted prices.) They had three sizes of Traeger, including the one we have (that doesn’t work). They had great prices — 40% off the regular retail price! We decided we had to get one, but agreed that if we did then we would have to not eat out all summer. So every time someone mentions eating out, the other will suggest something on the Traeger instead.

The first week we had steaks and chicken, but I was just so excited about dinner each of those nights that I forgot to take any pictures or think about the recipes. Then last weekend my sister came to visit and we made some yummy things both nights she was here — pork chops one night and hamburgers the other — but again, I forgot to take pictures.

So the other night we had chicken again, and when my husband walked in the door from work he said he could smell it in the front yard already. I took some pictures right after I put the chicken breasts on the Traeger. But it smelled so good when it was done and I was so hungry, I forgot to take pictures of the finished product! Well, I decided the two pictures I had will have to do. And the recipe is simple. It really is the Traeger that is the most important ingredient. Sometimes I think you could throw a piece of shoe leather on the Traeger and it would turn out delicious! (Okay, that might be exaggerating a bit, but you get the idea.)

The Traeger

Traeger Chicken


Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Traeger Pork and Poultry Shake


Pre-heat Traeger to 350°. Rinse chicken breasts and trim any excess fat or gristle. Rub each breast with Traeger Pork and Poultry Shake. (You can actually use any spices you like for chicken, but on this particular night, I used the Traeger Shake.) Place the chicken breasts on the grill. Cook for 20 minutes and turn. Cook for another 20 – 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. The cooking time depends on the thickness of the chicken pieces.

Chicken on the Traeger

Note about quantity: I always get the value pack of chicken, in this case the package I bought was almost 4 pounds. Leftover Traeger chicken works great in other dishes, such as a rice skillet, chicken salad, or chicken alfredo. Plus I’ll get two day’s lunch out of this dinner. Mmmmmmm, Traeger!

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14 Responses

  1. Cooking my chicken as we speak, just took delivery on my new Treager, preburned it last night. Wife an kids are out of town an dad needs ta eat, thanks for the recipe

  2. Interesting I was thinking of a new pellet barbecue and also saw them at Costco. The salesman made such a point how much cheaper Costco was than my local dealer he made me want to go see and buy from a local owned shop and there was two in Chico so I visited both and both not only sold the Traeger but Also the Green Mtn. Grill. I bought the better built and more feature Daniel Boone model and couldn’t be happier. After hearing that the tech guys at Traeger couldn’t get your old one going why would you buy another?

    • We actually found a local dealer who was able to help with fixing our old Traeger (which was made in Mt. Angel, Oregon) with the replacement of two parts. Then we returned the other one (which we learned was made in China) to Costco. I’ve never heard of a Green Mtn. Grill so for us it was a choice between Traeger and a grill that wasn’t a pellet barbecue. I love the taste of the pellet barbecue food. It is sad that Traeger (which was a local company for us) sold out to a manufacturer that has the work done in China, but there was no way I was going back to a gas or charcoal barbecue. Hope you enjoy your new Green Mtn. Grill. Peace, Linda

  3. Oh Linda–I am Sooo hungry I can barely type!! That chicken sounds so good I can smell it from here!!! Deb’s idea of the Caesar dressing marinade sounds really good too! Bless you all.

    • Caddo, I am so blessed that my hubby is willing to cook out on the Traeger even when the weather is cold and I’d rather not have to step out on the back deck! I love just about anything on the Traeger, but chicken is one of my favorites. 🙂 Peace, Linda

  4. Thanks, Linda

    Looks like quite a handy piece of equipment. 🙂 ^I`ve never seen one before but I would get excited about dinner too! The description worked as well as the pictures … I could see myself experimenting lots.
    Those who dwell herein have a passion for all things grilled. (I`m filing this one!)

    Would you put salt and pepper on the leather? 😉 I bet you could cook that well if you had a mind to. lol


    • Ann, The marketing tag line for Traeger is “Taste the difference.” It is my favorite piece of cooking equipment, and I do experiment quite a bit. As for the shoe leather, yes, a little salt and pepper, maybe a bit of basil. 🙂 Peace, Linda

  5. I love grilled chicken! 🙂 I used to marinate the chicken in Ceasar Dressing before grilling. . .but then my hubby stopped liking grilled chicken. haha!
    Your post cracked me up, each time you’d forget to take pictures. I would too!!! It’s time to eat, not look at it! 🙂
    God bless you and thank you for sharing yourself and your food ideas with us!

    • Deb, If you hubby had chicken grilled on a Traeger he’d have to like it again! It is sooooooo good. Of course, the first night we got the new Traeger we had to have rib eye steaks – those are the best! Peace, Linda

    • Lynne, It’s just out of habit because usually there are vegetable packets on the other side. The right side tends to run a little hotter so that is where I put the meat. On this night, I made cauliflower and having never tried it on the Traeger and having some other things to do I opted to boil it. 🙂 Peace, Linda

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