At-Attention Grilled Chicken Recipe
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At-Attention Grilled Chicken Recipe

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After years of making this recipe, I have yet to find a better grilled chicken. The cooking technique makes it so juicy and tender, you won’t want to fix a whole chicken any other way.—Shirley Hodge, Bangor, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 1-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 1-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer

Nutritional Facts

6 ounces cooked chicken equals 276 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 475 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Directions

  1. Combine the first eight ingredients. Gently loosen skin from chicken breasts; rub olive oil and 2 tablespoons spice mixture under the skin. Rub remaining spice mixture over skin. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Pour out a third of the beer. Carefully poke additional holes in top of the can with a can opener. Holding the chicken with legs pointed down, lower chicken over the can so it fills the body cavity.
  3. Place chicken over drip pan; grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°. Remove chicken from grill; cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove chicken from can. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as At-Attention Grilled Chicken in Country Woman June/July 2011, p39

Nutritional Facts

6 ounces cooked chicken equals 276 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 475 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 28 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

Moist and tasty

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2013

Easy, delicious, very moist. Put a chunk of onion in the neck to seal in the steam. Barbecued a 4 lb. 4 oz. roasting chicken in 1 hr 10 min. This is now my go-to bbq chicken recipe! Fantastic!

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Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

No stars showing...I hope I clicked on 5 because this was wonderfully moist and tastey. We had so much fun sitting and nibbling while smelling the chicken cook. I would only like to add that you make sure to clean the can before using it for cooking the chicken on. Thank you.

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Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

cooked it in the oven for 1.5 hours at 350, sub'd Italian seasoning for thyme and garlic salt pepper combo for salt and pepper. was moist

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

fantastic you may need to cook more than one at a time

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