Citrus zest perfumes the chicken while it marinates. A fresh salsa of citrus segments and herbs doubles down on fruit flavor.
2 large limes
1 large ruby red grapefruit
1 large tangerine
1 large navel orange
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced serrano chile
1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup vertically sliced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
How to Make It
Grate 1 teaspoon rind and squeeze 5 tablespoons juice from limes. Place rind and 4 tablespoons juice in a medium bowl; place the remaining 1 tablespoon juice in a separate medium bowl. Grate 1 teaspoon grapefruit rind; section grapefruit. Grate 1 teaspoon tangerine rind; section tangerine. Grate 1 teaspoon orange rind; section orange. Add citrus sections to 1 tablespoon lime juice in bowl; set aside. Add rinds to lime rind mixture. Add 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, and chile to rind mixture; stir with a whisk.
Place chicken, breast side down, on a cutting board. Using poultry shears, cut along both sides of backbone, and open chicken like a book. Turn chicken breast side up; using the heel of your hand, press firmly against the breastbone until it cracks. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken. Discard backbone and skin. Place chicken on a rimmed baking sheet. Spread citrus rind mixture evenly over chicken. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Position oven rack in lower third of oven. Preheat broiler to high.
Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Broil chicken, breast side down, 20 minutes. Turn chicken over; broil an additional 20 minutes or until done, turning pan occasionally. Let stand 10 minutes.
Combine reserved citrus section mixture, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, red onion, mint, and cilantro; toss to combine.
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This was really good. But next time, I will cut up the portions of the chicken before putting the pieces in the marinade. The breasts just didn't seem to get much flavor leaving the breasts intact that way. I also used our Traeger grill. 20 minutes on each side at 400, seems to be the way to go on time. Served with roasted garlic couscous - which was a perfect accompaniment to the onion/citrus salad.