Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Grilled Chicken under a Brick (or two)

This is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to cook chicken on the barbeque. Clearly the marinade is important but the cooking method is key here too. When you put the bricks on the chicken you're basically searing the bird to not only give you really crispy skin but help lock in the flavor as well.

1 x 1-1.5 lb.natural grass-fed chicken
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
5–6 garlic cloves, chopped
6 tablespoons mixed fresh herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, and marjoram)
sea salt, to taste
ground pepper, to taste
3 lemons - zested
Marinate the chicken in the fridge with the herbs, olive oil and pepper for at least 3-4 hours. Season with salt just before cooking. You could do it over night if you wanted to. Before cooking, let the chicken stand at room temp. for up to an hour. If you try to cook meat that's straight out of the fridge, by the time the heat penetrates the center the outside will burn and over cook. When I cook chicken like this I use an indirect heat cooking method. I place the hot coals to one side of my grill and place the chicken skin side down on the rack away from the heat. A whole chicken should be cooked over a medium-high heat.
Immediately place two heavy bricks wrapped in foil over the chicken. Close the lid of the grill and cook for about 15-20 mins. depending on how hot your coals are. Check to see that the skin is crispy and golden.

Remove the bricks and turn the chicken over placing the crispy skin side up directly over the heat. Cook on the other side for another 10 to 15 mins. or 'til the juices run clear when pierced with a knife. Set aside to rest for 5 mins. If, like any other meat, you carve straight away the juices will run out and leave the meat dry.

I served this with a bunch of grilled veggies (asparagus, zucchini, squash, eggplant). Crack open a beer and you're off!

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