Don’t let the summer pass you by without making this Chicken Grilled (or Roasted) Under A Brick. I repeat. Make this before you cover your grill for the season. And if you don’t have a grill, find a friend with one and bring them a chicken! Kidding, sorta. If you don’t have a grill, I’ve included oven instructions as well.
Chicken Grilled (or roasted) Under A Brick
Let’s get back to that grilling vs roasting discussion for a minute. Grilling chicken adds flavor elements you won’t get from the oven, but do not discount the deliciousness of this chicken when cooked in the oven.
The real magic of this recipe is the dry brine; seasoning your chicken a day or three before cooking it adds SO MUCH more flavor than what you’ll get from seasoning right before cooking it. So please, do not wait until the snow melts to make this. Brine your chickens. Roast your chickens. Discover you love chicken more than you thought you did.
I included one of my favorite seasoning combos in this recipe, but there is no real secret equation here. Salt and seasonings are really all there is to it. Use your favorites, add as much or as little flavor as you like.
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 3 1/2 -4 pound chicken backbone removed and flattened
- avocado or other high heat oil
- fresh herbs such as parsley, mint, chives, rosemary, for serving
- 4-6 peaches halved, optional*
- In a small bowl, combine the salt, lemon zest, paprika and a few turns of black pepper.
- Rub the mixture all over the chicken, getting it under the skin as well. Refrigerate until ready to grill - Ideally for at least a few hours and up to three days - this isn't necessary, but greatly improves the flavor of the chicken. If leaving the chicken for more than a day, cover with plastic wrap until the day you're grilling, at which point leave uncovered in the fridge to allow the skin to dry a bit.
- Preheat the grill so the temperature is between 350-425. (This will depend on your grill, they're all different. Mine likes to be around medium - medium-low to stay at the right temp for this.) If using charcoal, you will probably need to use indirect heat, or less heat directly under the chicken. Put the brick or pot on the grill to heat up.
- Rub the skin of the chicken with a little bit of avocado oil. Tuck the wing tips behind the base of the wings.
- Place the chicken skin-side down on the grill, and place the brick or pot on top. Close the grill. Give it a peak after 5 minutes, just to make sure it's not browning too quickly, or unevenly. If the skin is sticking, don't mess with it. Adjust the heat accordingly if needed, and return the brick. Cook for an additional 20-25 minutes with the grill covered.
- Once the skin-side is nicely browned and crispy, flip the chicken and cook for another 10-15 minutes, covered, but without without the brick. The chicken should be 160ºF when you pull it off the grill. * If grilling peaches to serve with your chicken, brush them with a little oil and grill 4-5 minutes on each side, during the last 10 minutes of cook time.
- Cut up the chicken and serve garnished with chopped fresh herbs.
Follow steps 1 and 2 above.
Preheat the oven to 500ºF and place a large cast iron skillet in the oven to heat up. Cut a circle of parchment paper about the size of the bottom of the cast iron post or heavy object you'll be using.
Carefully remove the skillet from the oven. Brush the chicken skin with avocado oil and place skin side down in the preheated skillet. Place a heavy pot on top, such as a dutch oven or another heavy skillet. (or a brick wrapped in foil if you have one) Return to the oven.
Cook for 30-35 minutes, skin side down, until the temperature reaches 160. Let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting it up. *If serving with peaches, throw them in the skillet during the last 5 minutes of cook time.
You'll also need:
- parchment paper or aluminum foil
- a grill brick, or a heavy pan or pot. A cast iron dutch oven is perfect.
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