Smoked Italiano Chicken Halves Recipe

Enjoy the delicious taste of our Smoked Italiano Chicken Halves, infused with aromatic Italian herbs and spices, for a mouthwatering culinary experience.


1½ Kg (3 lb) frying chicken cut in half

750 Ml (3 c) Italian dressing


125 Ml (½ c) paprika

45 Ml (3 tbsp) coarse salt

30 Ml (2 tbsp) coarse ground black pepper

30 Ml (2 tbsp) dried basil

15 Ml (1 tbsp) dried thyme

15 Ml (1 tbsp) dried oregano

30 Ml (2 tbsp) garlic powder

15 Ml (1 tbsp) dry mustard

15 Ml (1 tbsp) onion powder

10 Ml (2 tsp) cayenne pepper


Rinse chicken halves and pat dry. Season with rub on both sides and let stand for at least one hour.

Place chicken halves in a plastic bag with 500 ml (2 c) Italian dressing and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Discard the remaining marinade.

Smoking Method:

Preheat your Bradley Smoker to between 105°C and 120°C (220°F and 250°F).

Using Special Blend flavour bisquettes smoke/cook the chicken for 3 hours approximately.

Baste the chicken with the remaining 250 ml (1 c) Italian dressing for the last hour.

Use a meat thermometer to make certain the chicken is cooked.

To Serve:

Serve with a tomato sauce pasta dish and tossed greens.


Special Blend Wood Bisquettes

Specially created to add a distinct flavour to any dish, and pairs well with poultry, fish, seafood, beef, pork, lamb, game, and water fowl.

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