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Pellet Grill Keto Smoked Half Chicken

June 12, 2021
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Smoked Half Chicken Recipe

This Keto Smoked Half Chicken will blow away any store-bought rotisserie chicken and once you see how easy it is you'll never go back.

I know everyone is busy and you don't want to spend hours on dinner but if you take 10-15 minutes to prep this smoked half chicken recipe you can literally set it and forget it.

Smoked half chickens only take about 2 hours and the skin comes out crispy with perfect juicy meat.

Looking for more Keto BBQ Recipes checkout my Smoked Chuck Roast as well as my Texas Style Pellet Grill Beef Brisket Recipes

Spatchcock vs Half Chicken Method

You don't have to remove the bones around the ribcage if you don't want to. Just remove the backbone and crack the breast plate to serve spatchcock style if you prefer.

Or, you can also use a cleaver or the kitchen shears to cut down the center of the breast to split the chicken in half.

I like to semi debone the chicken because it makes serving it easy and the kids like how its easier for them to eat.

I also get to freeze the carcass and backbone for soups and stocks so nothing goes to waste.

Step by Step Cooking Instructions

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat Smoker to 300 Degrees F.
  2. Pat the Chicken dry using paper towels then flip the chicken so the breasts are facing down on the cutting board. use the kitchen shears and cut just to the right of the back bone until the chicken is split. then remove the backbone by cutting down the oppisite side of the bone. Save the backone for stock.
  3. Now that the backbone is removed spread the chicken open and find the wishbone on the back of the chicken make small cuts just to the outside of the wishbone following along the ribcage to seperate the breast and leg quarter.
  4. Once the chicken is removed from the rib cage cut the skin and fully seperate the half chicken and set aside. Repeat the prosess for the other half so you are left with 2 semi deboned chicken halves
  5. Season the half chickens on both sides liberally with both seasoning blends making sure to get underneath the wings and on all the meat.
  6. Place Half Chickens skin side up on the pellet grill and smoke for about 2 hours at 300 degrees F.
  7. Spray every 30-45 minutes with cooking oil for extra crispy juicy skin. Once chickens reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. let the chickens rest on a cutting board for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

Serving size 1/4 chickenThe leg Quarter will be juicer and have a higher fat content than the Wing/ Breast.

Smoked Half Chicken Cooking Tips and Variations

Leftovers: Smoked Half Chicken makes some of the best chicken salad you will ever try. I have a Grilled Chicken salad recipe on my grilling website that can easily be make keto.

Storage: Chicken refrigerates great in a sealed container for about 5 days making this a great meal prep option.

Reheating: you can reheat the smoked half chicken in your oven or air fryer. I recommend spraying the outside with a little cooking spray and bake/air fry for about 15-20 minutes until hot.

Oven/ Air Fryer Cooking: Not everyone has a smoker but you can still use this method to cook your half chickens. You can Roast the half Chickens at 375 Degrees F. For about 90 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165 degrees F.

Soup and Stock: Make sure to keep the backbone and carcass after trimming the chicken. this makes fantastic stocks, gravy and soups.

Wood Pellets: I always prefer a blend of different would pellets. Fruitwoods like apple or cherry are great and hickory and oak are great for all purpose smoking. the only wood I normally try to avoid is mesquite because it can be overpowering.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you cut the chicken in half?

Cutting the chicken in half helps the chicken cook evenly making the meat juicer and more flavorful. plus it much easier to serve.

Is this method similar to Spatchcock Chicken?

Yes, the idea is the same we are just taking it one step further by removing the entire cage of the bird so its easier to eat and serve. The main goal is that the chicken cooks more evenly.

Is Smoked Half Chicken Faster Than Spatchcocked Chicken?

Not by much. Both methods take about 2 hours. I prefer the the smoked half chicken method only because there is less bones to mess with and its a better final product.

Can I use this method to Smoke Turkey?

Definitely. This method is great for turkey especially when it comes time to carve the bird.

How do you tell when Chicken is fully cooked?

I can't stress this enough, Always use an instant read thermometer to check the temperature of your meats. First to make sure the food is cooked to a safe temperature and secondly to make sure its juicy and tastes better

What is the Internal Temperature of Chicken?

Chicken and turkey both need to be cooked to and internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

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Pellet Grill Smoked Half Chicken

This Keto Smoked Half Chicken will blow away any store-bought rotisserie chicken and once you see how easy it is you'll never go back
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: Chicken, smoked
Servings: 4
Calories: 357kcal
Author: Culinary Lion

Equipment

  • Pellet Grill or any smoker. (air fryer and oven variations available in post)
  • Kitchen Shears

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat Smoker to 300 Degrees F.
  • Pat the Chicken dry using paper towels then flip the chicken so the breasts are facing down on the cutting board. use the kitchen shears and cut just to the right of the back bone until the chicken is split. then remove the backbone by cutting down the oppisite side of the bone. Save the backone for stock.
  • Now that the backbone is removed spread the chicken open and find the wishbone on the back of the chicken make small cuts just to the outside of the wishbone following along the ribcage to seperate the breast and leg quarter.
  • Once the chicken is removed from the rib cage cut the skin and fully seperate the half chicken and set aside. Repeat the prosess for the other half so you are left with 2 semi deboned chicken halves
  • Season the half chickens on both sides liberally with both seasoning blends making sure to get underneath the wings and on all the meat.
  • Place Half Chickens skin side up on the pellet grill and smoke for about 2 hours at 300 degrees F.
  • Spray every 30-45 minutes with cooking oil for extra crispy juicy skin. Once chickens reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. let the chickens rest on a cutting board for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

Serving size 1/4 chicken
The leg Quarter will be juicer and have a higher fat content than the Wing/ Breast.

Nutrition

Serving: 8oz | Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1859mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition Facts
Pellet Grill Smoked Half Chicken
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 1859mg81%
Potassium 323mg9%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 281IU6%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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