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Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Halves

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Category: Poultry

 Ingredients List

  • -----------------------------------PASTE-----------------------------------
  • 1/4 c Packed fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1/3 c Olive oil
  • Zest and juice of
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 1/2 tb Chopped onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 ts Coarse salt
  • 2 Whole chickens; halved OR
  • -6-pounds chicken
  • 1 Lemon; cut in wedges
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Lemon slices


At least 3 hours and up to the night before you plan to grill chicken,
prepare paste. Puree rosemary with oil in blender, preferably, or a food
processor. Let rosemary steep in the oil for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain
mixture to remove tough little leaves. Return oil to blender, add remaining
ingredients, and puree. The paste will be somewhat soupy.

Coat each chicken half thoroughly with paste, rubbing inside and out and
working as far as possible under the skin without tearing the skin. Place
chicken in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

Fire up grill, bringing the temperature to medium (4 to 5 seconds with the
hand test).

Remove chicken from refrigerator and let sit covered at room temperature
for about 30 minutes. Drain chicken and blot any excess moisture from

Transfer chicken halves to grill and arrange them skin-side up. Grill
uncovered over medium heat for about 20 minutes, without turn- ing, then
cook an additional 30 to 40 minutes, turning every 5 to 10 minutes, ending
with chicken skinside down for a final crisping. You want chicken skin to
face the grill enough to render its fat and brown, but not burn. Watch for
flare-ups, shifting halves away from flame if necessary. Squeeze lemon
wedges over chicken's cavity about halfway through cooking. If grilling
covered, cook chicken starting skin-side up over medium heat for about 15
minutes, without turning, then cook an additional 25 to 30 minutes, turning
three times and squeezing lemon wedges over chicken's cavity about halfway
through cooking.

Arrange chicken on a platter. Garnish with with rosemary and lemon slices,
if you wish, and serve immediately. Serves 4.

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