At-Attention Grilled Chicken

Recipe submitted by: Amy Pickett

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The cooking technique makes it so juicy and tender, you won’t want to fix chicken any other way.
cook 15 min. + marinating time
cook Grill: 1-1/4 hours + standing
cook 6

What's in it


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

How to cook it


  • 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 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.