Whole Grilled Chicken

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Today I would like to share my favorite way to cook a chicken.  It requires almost no effort and the result is probably the most juicy and flavorful chicken you will ever eat.  I promise.

You will have to excuse the quality of some of my pictures.  I snapped these with my iPhone and am still trying to figure out what lens/settings are best in the Hipstamatic App. 
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Start off by heating your grill.  My personal preference is charcoal, but if you are using a gas grill, I won't hold that against you.  For you charcoal users, make sure you spread the heated briquettes in a nice even layer.  You don't want any hot spots.

I prepared the chicken by removing the backbone with a sharp pair of kitchen shears.  Liberally season the inside and outside of your bird with whatever makes you happy.  I opted for gremolatta which is a blend of salt, pepper, garlic and lemon zest.  Lay the chicken bone side down on the grill making sure to press it flat.

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Now for the fun part.  Lay something heavy on top of the chicken.  As you can see, I used one of my big cast iron frying pans.  A brick or two wrapped in aluminum foil works well too.  

Put the lid on the grill and let the chicken cook for about 20 minutes.

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Remove the weight and flip the chicken so that it rests skin side down.

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Replace the pan or brick, close the grill and let the chicken cook for another 20 minutes.  Remove the chicken from the grill and allow it to sit for a few minutes before carving.  

See how easy that was?  I hope you will give this method a try.  

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kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum :) Wish I was having dinner with you!

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