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Applewood Smoked Organic, Free-Range Chicken {plus 5 strategies for making organic eating affordable} from EricasRecipes.com

Applewood Smoked Organic, Free-Range Chicken

This Applewood Smoked Organic, Free-Range Chicken post includes not only how to make this smoky lovely, but also my tips on how to eat more organic affordably.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine chicken, smoker
Servings 6


  • 1 organic free-range chicken
  • ½ Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ Tbs Old Bay seasoning
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 can of beer
  • applewood chips for smoking


  • Heat up your smoker according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, rinse your bird and pat dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, combine the Old Bay, olive oil, and herbs to make a paste. Spread over the whole bird. Season the inside and outside of the bird with salt and pepper.
  • Stand the bird up and put onto the can of beer (pour off - or drink - ~1/4 of the beer from the can first). Position the legs to help the bird stay up. Insert a temperature probe to moniter cooking into a breast but not touching bone.
  • Put in the smoker and smoke 2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 160F. Remove to rest 10 minutes, then carve and serve.


For this occasion, I used a mix of rosemary, oregano, thyme, and chives from my garden. Just use what you have on hand. If you have to buy, I especially recommend rosemary and fresh oregano for this recipe.

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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