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Smoked Chicken and Dressing

Smoked Chicken and Dressing is a delicious addition to any holiday gathering. A classic southern cornbread dressing with smoked chicken cooked on the grill with hickory smoke for the most delicious dressing you’ve ever tried!

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Chicken and dressing in a foil pan.

We love cooking our holiday meals on the grill and once you try this smoky chicken and dressing, it’s hard to imagine cooking it any other way! This was our first time grilling the chicken and dressing and it is one of the most wonderful recipes we’ve made on the grill.

Ingredients for Smoked Chicken and Dressing Recipe

  • Cornbread – use our homemade recipe, leaving out the sugar, cheese and jalapenos, or bake a pan using cornbread mix. 
  • Bread Crumbs from leftover biscuits or any stale bread
  • Cooked Chicken – Use dark meat, chicken breasts or a combination of both from a whole chicken. 
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Bell Pepper
  • Butter
  • Heavy Cream
  • Chicken Broth
  • Ground Sage
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper

Step-by-Step Directions for Chicken and Dressing

Collage - cornbread in a skillet, biscuits in a pan, toasted bread crumbs and cornbread crumbled in skillet
  1. Crumble cornbread and crumble biscuits. Toast biscuit crumbs. Add cornbread crumbs and biscuit crumbs to a large bowl.
Diced peppers, celery and onions in a bowl, in a skillet and cooked
  1. Melt butter in  a skillet and add diced onions, celery and green peppers. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are softened. 
  2. Stir in Cream and remove from heat.
Bowl of bread crumbs, cooked vegetables for making dressing
  1. Pour vegetable mixture over the crumbled cornbread.
Making chicken and dressing with cornbread crumbs, cooked vegetables and smoked chicken
  1. Coarsely chop the chicken and place into the bowl.
collage - 2 eggs in a bowl, eggs mixed with chicken broth
  1. In another bowl, beat 2 eggs with 2 cups of chicken broth and pour over bread crumbs and chicken mixture.
Chicken and Dressing mixture topped with garlic, sage, salt and pepper
  1. Top with sage, garlic, salt and pepper. 
Chicken and Cornbread Dressing mixture in a bowl
  1. Stir until well combined. 
Adding chicken broth to bowl of chicken and dressing mixture.
  1. Add additional broth 1/2 cup at a time until mixture is moist but not soupy. 
Foil pan coated with cooking spray
  1. Form an aluminium foil pan, making about a 8 x 10 inch rectangle out of 2 layers of foil (or use a store bought foil pan). Spray with non stick cooking spray. Set on a grill pan. 
Foil pan of chicken and dressing
  1. Place chicken and dressing mixture into foil pan and spread evenly.
Foil Covered dish of chicken and dressing on grill
  1. Cover with foil. 
  2. Cook over indirect fire for about 1 hour at about 350°.
Foil pan of chicken and dressing on a grill
  1. Next, remove foil cover and cook an additional 30 minutes or until dressing is cooked through.
Foil pan of smoked chicken and dressing
  1. Remove from grill.
blue serving platter with chicken and dressing
  1. Place on a serving platter for holiday dinners and special occasions.

Recipe Tips for the Best Thanksgiving Dressing

  • We used this Rosemary Garlic Chicken recipe for whole chicken. It is the best juicy chicken for your dressing or stuffing recipe. Cook the chicken a few days in advance to make your holiday dinner prep a little easier. 
  • We also made a batch of homemade chicken broth from the carcass to use for this dressing. 
  • It is worth the time and effort for Thanksgiving Dinner to smoke the chicken and make homemade broth. If you are rushed for time a rotisserie chicken and store bought broth is still going to be wonderful when it picks up the smoky flavor on the grill.

Notes for Chicken and Dressing

  • Storage: Store dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Dressing can be wrapped in 2 layers of plastic wrap and 1 layer of foil to freeze up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator before reheating. 
  • Reheat: Reheat dressing by the slice, covered with foil in a 325° oven for about 15 minutes or microwave for about 1 minute. 
  • Make Ahead: Dressing can be made a day in advance up to the point of grilling. Cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to grill.
  • Oven Method: Use the same cooking temperature and time for conventional oven.
Spatula serving a slice of smoked chicken and dressingSmoked Chicken and Dressing is a delicious addition to any holiday gathering. A classic southern cornbread dressing with smoked chicken cooked on the grill with hickory smoke for the most delicious dressing you've ever tried!

Great Recipes for Holiday Dinners

  • Maple Glazed Ham – A sweet maple glazed spiral sliced ham is a simple and delicious addition to any holiday meal. So easy to make on the grill.
  • Cajun Smoked Turkey – My favorite smoked turkey recipe! This turkey is brined and slathered with butter and homemade blackened seasonings for the most amazing flavor and a great holiday turkey.
  • Smoked Green Bean Casserole – The classic side dish for holiday dinners and easy to make on a pellet grill or propane grill.
  • Hasselback Sweet Potatoes – This side dish is so easy to make and a great alternative to the marshmallow topped casserole.
  • If you are looking for more ideas check out our complete Thanksgiving Dinner on the Grill.

Chicken and Dressing is a classic addition to Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners. Our whole family loves it so much that we will often make it even if there’s not a holiday to celebrate. 

Every family has their own version and we all try to make it taste like mom’s or grandma’s.If you are game for trying something new, cook the chicken and dressing on the grill next time.

Our family went crazy for it because it had so much flavor. We are not likely to bake it in the oven ever again. It’s that good!

If you love this recipe as much as we do, please leave a comment and a five star review. Help us share on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook!

Chicken and Dressing on a white plate with a fork

However; if you are game for trying something outside of the box this year, cook the chicken and dressing on the grill. Our family went crazy for it and we are not likely to bake it in the oven ever again. It’s that good!

If you love this recipe as much as we do, please leave a comment and a five star review. Help us share on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook!

Smoked Chicken and Dressing on a blue platter
Yield: 8 servings

Smoked Chicken and Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Smoked Chicken and Dressing is a delicious dish for any holiday dinner. A southern style recipe made with cornbread and smoked chicken and cooked on the grill.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prepare a grill fire to about 350° with hickory for smoke flavor.
  2. Crumble biscuits and toast. Add to a large bowl and add in crumbled cornbread and chicken. Set aside. 
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter and add diced onions, celery and bell peppers. Cook over medium heat. Stir often until vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in Cream and pour over cornbread mixture.
  5. In another bowl, beat 2 eggs with 2 cups of chicken broth and pour over bread and chicken.
  6. Next, add sage, garlic, salt and pepper, stir until well combined. 
  7. Add additional broth, 1/2 cup at a time, until mixture is very moist but not soupy. 
  8. Make an 8 x 10 foil pan with 2 layers of heavy foil (or use a store bought foil pan). Spray with non stick cooking spray and place on a grill pan. 
  9. Pour dressing mixture into pan and spread evenly. Cover with foil. 
    Cook over indirect fire for about 1 hour with the grill closed.
  10. Next, remove foil cover and cook an additional 30 minutes or until dressing is cooked through.
  11. Remove from grill.
  12. Slide dressing onto a serving platter and serve immediately.

Notes

To bake in conventional oven, follow the same time and temperature as grilling instructions.

Store leftover dressing in an airtight container up to 4 days. Reheat in slices in a 325° oven, covered with foil about 15 minutes or in microwave about 1 minute.

Dressing can be frozen up to 3 months. Wrap in 2 layers of plastic wrap and one layer of foil. Thaw in refrigerator before reheating.

Chicken and Dressing can be made ahead to the point of grilling one day in advance. Keep mixture tightly covered in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 721Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 182mgSodium: 2562mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 19g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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