Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Smoked & Roasted Whole Chicken

Here’s a classic roasted chicken and vegetable recipe we love. The skin gets crispy and the chicken doesn’t dry out! It’s easy to make and cooks in about 1.5 hours. While we are using a Traeger, we’ve also done similar recipes on the Big Green Egg, a Weber Kettle set-up for indirect cooking or even a traditional oven but with the latter you’ll lose the gentle hint of smoke. The rub can be put on immediately, or you can apply ahead of time and refrigerate overnight for more flavor.

Smoked Whole Chicken Recipe

Recipe by BBQHawksCourse: MainDifficulty: Medium


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  • 1 whole chicken, around 4-5 pounds

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

  • Fresh herbs (optional)

  • Fresh carrots (optional)

  • Fresh sweet onion (optional)

  • Fresh small Yukon potatoes (optional)


  • Preheat your Traeger smoker to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to make a paste.
  • Rub the paste all over the chicken, making sure to get it into all the crevices.
  • Place the lemon wedges and fresh herbs, if using, inside the cavity of the chicken. Tie with butcher string to hold the lemons in the chicken.
  • Optional: Wash and peel carrots and cut into 2 in sections. Wash and dry potatoes. Mix in a large bowl with 4 tablespoons Olive Oil, salt and pepper to season.
  • Place chicken and vegetables in the bottom of a deep aluminum pan.
  • Place the chicken on the Traeger and smoke for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Remove the chicken from the smoker and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving and serving.

Once you’re done, carve the chicken and plate alongside the vegetables. Be sure to eat or freeze leftovers within three to four days. The bones can also be boiled for an excellent chicken stock!

Go ahead and give the recipe a try, and let us know how you like it! Be sure to also check out our Ultimate Smoked Turkey Recipe. We’ve been doing this one five years running and it’s always a hit!

This recipe and post were initially generated by OpenAI’s ChatGPT and modified by the author.
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