did this on the stove and in the oven (set to 350) in a cast iron skillet. was very tasty and juicy! perhaps the broiler would have been better than the stove for the first part and a broiler pan would have been better than the skillet so that the juices/fat don't collect around the meat. anyways - try this even if you don't have a grill! very simple and easy as long as you have an hour to wait for dinner.
Grilled Spice-Rubbed Whole Chicken
Patten Posted: 03/27/10
Whygal Posted: 06/28/09
WOW! Great grilled chicken recipe!! I made this last night but used split beast halves as that is what I had in the freezer. The rub is great and will definitely make again. I served the chicken with the Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Feta Vinaigrette (CL June 2005). Great summer meal.
angelsrae Posted: 07/17/09
This was delicious! I love the idea of doing the chicken on the grill, so it doesn't heat up the house. I was a little confused about the instructions to cut along the backbone (this was my first time cooking a whole chicken) - reading another recipe later that described butterflying a whole chicken, I believe that I was supposed to spread the chicken out on the grill, but I didn't realize that, so I just folded it back up and laid it on the grill as if I hadn't cut along the backbone. This meant that it took longer than 45 minutes, but it still came out fine. I agree with the earlier poster that the breast is really the only part that gets the spice rub - next time I'll be sure to sprinkle it on the legs and thighs too. I served it with a tomato-peach salad and grilled corn, for a really great summer meal. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the butterflying instructions were unclear - next time I'll do it differently and the recipe will be a keeper.
CoreyP Posted: 08/03/09
If you follow the cooking instructions exactly, this is the juiciest, most perfect chicken ever! Definitely put some of the rub on the legs and thighs.
Tudors1 Posted: 07/05/09
We had mixed reviews in our house on this, the people who ate the breasts thought it was great- the other parts did not really have a lot of flavor, maybe just need to use more rub. Also if we do this again I would use the grill for the direct grilling then throw in the oven for the remainder. It took much longer than the 45 minutes on the indirect heat.
LeeannKlein Posted: 07/16/10
The chicken was incredibly flavorful, especially when rubbing the legs and thighs as well as per the recommendation of a previous user. I placed foil over the chicken, not just using the cover of the grill. The chicken was very moist & juicy. Excellent recipe, and my entire family enjoyed it!
stellacorona Posted: 12/28/12
this was very juicy !! cut backbone completely out with heavy shears. double+ the spices. put olive oil on chicken to adhere the rub better. roasted in convection oven @ 350 on a rack using the probe set internally to 183. came out beautifully! served with cheese grits and spinach salad with pears, red onion, celery etc. daughter kept saying how good the chicken was.......she doesn't like sweet tastes in her poultry, so i told her about the brown sugar when she was all finished !!
RahmOrenstein Posted: 08/27/12
Excellent recipe! Tried it twice already and both were winners. I used a Weber Q300 gas grill that has built-in direct/indirect heat options and so following the recipe was very easy. The result is an extremely tender and flavorful chicken
heychas Posted: 06/15/14
I thought this was a great recipe. The rub is tasty and the chicken turned out surprisingly tender and moist. I made 50% more rub per the other reviews and made sure to get it under the thighs and legs. I used a gas Weber Spirit grill. I used all 3 burners on medium for phase 1. I had some problems with the fat catching fire so I had to watch it close. I only needed 5 mins per side. Then I turned off the front 2 burners and turned the back burner up to high, which kept the grill between 325 and 350 deg. It took my 4.5 lb bird the initial 10 mins of direct heat and then another 55 min to reach 165. I took the temp measurement from the breast because the thighs reached 165 way early.