I’ll never forget inviting the in-laws over for dinner and my mother-in-law exclaiming, “This chicken is pretty good for being burnt”. Yup, cooked too much on the outside to make sure the inside was done. Thus started my quest for a recipe that would produce perfectly grilled chicken .. EVERY time.
Don’t you just get flat out grumpy when you’ve slaved over the hot grill, turning, moving, babying each piece of chicken only to bite into a thigh to find that pinkish, not quite done, odd texture thing going on? Shudder. And the darn think looks cooked on the outside.
This grilled chicken recipe turns out great every time, and it’s wonderful, and I mean “eat like a starved wild animal” good. Let’s take a look!
I always buy a whole fryer and with a good sharp knife, cut it in half. To do that simply remove the back bone. This avoids grilling different sized pieces of chicken. Result will be even grilling. My prayers answered.
Next I use a dry rub that doesn’t contain sugar. I like that to avoid burning. Spread the dry rub in every nook and cranny and on the skin of the chicken. Do this three hours before grilling.
And finally a good basting sauce with vinegar, oil, turmeric for color, lemon juice and a drop of liquid smoke. Bring the chicken to room temperature and grill and baste according to directions below. Finish with your favorite BBQ Sauce and dig in.
We happen to prefer Stubbs BBQ Sauces. Also great for this Grilled Country Style Pork Rib recipe, Campfire Ribs.
We served this chicken with Bobby Flay’s Grilled Sweet Potatoes.
- 1 frying hen, cut in half
- For the dry rub:
- 1 Tablespoon seasoning salt, any brand
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon chile powder
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cumin
- For the basting sauce:
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- Juice of one lemon
- One drop liquid smoke, optional (no more than a drop, it's concentrated)
- 1 cup of your favorite BBQ or grilling sauce
- Cut the chicken in half by removing back bone. Your butcher can do this, or cut along side each side of the back bone and remove. This will avoid trying to grill different sized pieces of chicken.
- Next take your fingers and loosen the skin in as many places as you can. Take the dry rub and rub all over chicken and under the skin. Do this three hours before grilling. And bring the chicken to room temperature before grilling.
- Heat grill to 500 degrees. Lower heat to 350. I turn off the middle burner and cook chicken in the middle of the grill. Place both sides of chicken on grill. Using a grill brush, baste with basting sauce. Cover grill and cook for 15 minutes. Repeat this step 4 times for total cook time of 1 hours. Turning the chicken each time you baste.
- When the hour is up, generously coat one side of chicken with your favorite BBQ or grilling sauce. Close lid and cook for 2 minutes, turn chicken and repeat. Cook two more minutes with grill lid closed.
- Remove from grill and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
The Best Grilled Chicken Ever … It’s what’s for Dinner.