Smoked chicken breasts are chicken breasts that have been prepared using a barbecue smoker. Seasonings such as paprika, black pepper, onion powder, sugar, and curry powder are frequently added to the chicken to provide more flavor to the meat. The chicken is normally smoked using hickory wood or applewood, but any type of smoke wood chunks can be used. Correctly smoking and preparing chicken breasts should result in a meat that is tender, juicy, and flavorful.
When preparing smoked chicken breasts, both boneless chicken or bone-in chicken can be used. Bone-in chicken tends to produce more flavor than boneless meat, but is not as easy to eat. Either way, the chicken breasts should be washed and trimmed of any extra skin and fat before further preparation. The meat is usually covered in a dry rub of spices or a sweet and savory brine of sugar, paprika, salt, and other spices and herbs. The barbecue smoker is generally pre-heated before the chicken is placed inside to be smoked.
Most chicken only needs a small amount of smoky flavor, as it is a delicate meat in both texture and flavor. Other flavors and sauces that pair well with smoked chicken breasts include barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, lemon juice, and garlic. When served, smoked chicken breasts are often accompanied with other foods such as caramelized onions, pasta, wild rice, corn chowder, and green salads. Grilled mushrooms, smoked bacon, and spinach also go well with this type of chicken.
Smoked chicken breasts can be eaten by themselves, served with a side dish, or added to dishes such as pasta and soups. This type of meat is also commonly eaten in sandwiches with vegetables, barbecue sauce, or other seasonings. Adding smoked chicken breast to a green salad with tomatoes, carrots, and other raw vegetables can add both protein and flavor to the dish.
Chicken is an excellent source of lean protein and essential vitamins and nutrients. It can prevent bone loss in the elderly as it is so high in healthy proteins and vitamins. Chicken also contains a large amount of phosphorus, which is important for both bone and dental health. It is also rich in niacin, which has been found to protect the body and tissue against cancer and disease. As with all meats, smoked chicken breast should be completely cooked before serving to prevent salmonella and other harmful food poisoning bacterias.