Hickory Smoked Chicken Breasts

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I am so privileged – and undeserving – to have the wife I have. Men of a certain age tend to get socks or hankies for their birthdays, but I got a smoker. No, not a packet of fags, but a stove-top contraption for smoking meat, cheese and veg.

I’ve used it twice so far: the first time to cook a very simple chicken breast, spiced with cayenne pepper; the second to smoke chicken wings before smothering them in cheesy hot sauce (made with a recipe given to me by Asher, the head chef at my local, The Stag in NW3 – watch this space).

The smoker is from smoking experts Camerons – ‘the leader in smoke cooking technology’ – and I was amazed by how easy it was to use, and how effective and delicious the results were.

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There are four simple stages:

1. Add a tablespoon of wood chips (in this case, hickory) to the bottom of the smoking pan.

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2. Put the drip tray on top, and then the rack inside that.

3. Add your favoured ingredient (in this case, chicken breasts).

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4. Close the smoker and cook over a medium heat on the hob (in my case, gas).

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Bob’s your favourite uncle.

These chicken breasts were sublime, brushed first with some oil spiced with cayenne pepper and a little salt, then smoked for 15 minutes.

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Incredible juicy. Amazing tender. Deliciously smoky. And astoundingly simple.

Serve with coleslaw, rocket and piccalilli.

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Phwoarrr!

4 Comments

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4 Responses to Hickory Smoked Chicken Breasts

  1. Tad

    Sorry for the stupid question but do the chicken breasts have to be cooked beforehand?

    • keithkendrick

      Hi Tad, that’s a perfectly reasonable question. The answer is No. They get cooked in the smoker, which stays on the hob over a medium heat. Hope you give them a try.

      • Tad

        Ah that’s brilliant! I’m definitely going to get one of these as I think it’d be a good way to smoke aubergines for making moutabel. Thanks for your response

  2. I have a smaller one of these – we’ve cooked chicken, sausages, herring, and – absolute favourite so far – salmon. Seriously excellent kit.

    Out of interest, have you tried using tea leaves instead of wood chips? Amazing results from Earl Grey and Lapsang!