Butterflied Whole Chicken on the Grill
|Butterflied Whole Chicken on the Grill||
- one 3.5 – 4 pound whole chicken, butterflied
- zest of one lemon
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of freshly picked Rosemary – finely minced (optional)
- Rub the entire chicken with olive oil and thereafter add your lemon zest, kosher salt, and freshly ground coarse pepper (make sure to coat both sides of the chicken). Rub the ingredients into the chicken well and move to a large plate.
- When I set up my grill fire I like to push the coals/embers to one side of the grill so I have an area for searing and an area for roasting that’s not over direct heat.
- I start by putting the chicken (skin side down) over the direct fire. I leave the chicken skin side down for about 2-3 minutes (you simply want to brown and crunch up the skin). Thereafter turn the chicken and let sit for another 2-3 minutes. Once you have good color on the bird move it to the area of the grill that is not over a direct flame and put the lid on your grill. Let the chicken cook for 15 minutes and turn it thereafter. Let the other side cook for an additional 15 minutes. At this point, and depending on the size of your chicken, your close to finishing up. Ultimately, you want the darker meat on the bird to be fully cooked (specifically the thickest part of thigh should reach about 150 degrees).
- Once the chicken has reached this temperature let the bird sit for about 10 minutes. I usually cut the wings, legs and thighs off the bird and then cut the breast into 4 pieces. You can serve roasted, BBQ, whole chicken with oven fried French fries and a tomato salad with tons of basil. Try an American Zinfandel or a French Burgundy with the dish.
I don’t like propane fueled grills, so I always use a chimney starter and wood charcoal briquettes. Under no circumstances should you use lighter fluid to start your fire (the smell is nasty so just imagine what’s in the fluid itself and what will go into your body). Update: I’ve recently invested in a natural gas grill and the results have been acceptable.