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Grilled Herbed Chicken

Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces)
Because the chicken is cooked over indirect heat, it needs little attention--just flip it once while it's on the grill. For this dish, 2 broiler-fryers are cut along the backbone so each flattens to look like an impressive serving. You can use a combination of chicken pieces, though, if you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 2 (3 1/2-pound) whole chickens
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • Cooking spray
  • Lemon wedges (optional)
  • Oregano sprigs (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 149
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 4.7 g
  • satfat 1.1 g
  • monofat 1.9 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 24.5 g
  • carbohydrate 0.8 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 79 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 308 mg
  • calcium 30 mg

How to Make It

  1. Remove and discard giblets and necks from chickens. Rinse chickens with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Place each chicken, breast side down, on a cutting surface. Cut each chicken in half lengthwise along backbone, cutting to, but not through, other side. Turn chickens over. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat.

  2. Combine parsley and next 7 ingredients (parsley through pepper). Rub parsley mixture over breast and thigh of each chicken. Gently press skin to secure. Cut a 1-inch slit in skin at the bottom of each breast half; insert tip of drumstick into slit.

  3. To prepare grill for indirect grilling, place a disposable aluminum foil pan in grill; pour water in pan. Arrange charcoal around pan; heat to medium. Coat grill rack with cooking spray; place rack on grill. Place chickens, breast sides down, on grill rack over foil pan. Cover and grill 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a thermometer registers 180º, turning chicken over halfway during cooking time. Remove chicken from grill; place on a clean cutting surface. Cover with foil; let stand 5 minutes. Discard skin before serving. Garnish with lemon wedges and oregano sprigs, if desired.