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At-Attention Grilled Chicken

 At-Attention Grilled Chicken
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
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 1-1/4 hours + standing


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place chicken over drip pan; grill, covered, over indirect medium

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At-Attention Grilled Chicken (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
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.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.