Garlic-Grilled Whole Chicken

Pack every bite of this grilled chicken with flavor. Inject a blend of garlic and basil under the skin, and add a combination of lemon, sweet pepper, and additional garlic to the cavity.

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Makes:
5 servings
Prep:
25 mins
Grill:
1 hr to 1 hr 15 mins
Stand:
5 mins
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Garlic-Grilled Whole Chicken

Ingredients
1
2 1/2 pound whole broiler-fryer chicken
3
1/2
lemon, sliced
1/2
red sweet pepper, sliced
1
tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/8
teaspoon salt
1
tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil
1
tablespoon lemon juice
 
Steamed new potatoes (optional)
 
Fresh oregano (optional)

Directions

  1. Remove the neck and giblets from chicken. Twist wing tips under the back. Cut one of the garlic cloves lengthwise in half. Rub skin of chicken with cut edge of garlic. Place garlic halves, lemon slices, and sweet pepper slices in cavity of chicken. Mince remaining two cloves of garlic. Combine minced garlic, basil, and salt; set aside. Starting at the neck on one side of the breast, slip your fingers between skin and meat, loosening the skin as you work toward the tail end. Once your entire hand is under the skin, free the skin around the thigh and leg area up to, but not around, the tip of the drumstick. Repeat on the other side of the breast. Rub garlic mixture over entire surface under skin. Securely fasten opening with water-soaked wooden toothpicks. Stir together oil and lemon juice; brush over chicken.
  2. Arrange preheated coals around a drip pan in a covered grill. Test for medium heat above pan. Place chicken, breast side up, on grill over drip pan. Cover and grill for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until chicken is no longer pink and the drumsticks move easily in their sockets, brushing occasionally with oil-lemon mixture. Remove chicken from grill and cover with foil. If desired, serve on a platter with steamed new potatoes and garnish with fresh oregano. Let stand for 5 minutes before carving. Makes 5 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Garlic-Grilled Whole Chicken)
    Per serving:
  • 245 kcal cal.,
  • 15 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat,
  • 79 mg chol.,
  • 127 mg sodium,
  • 2 g carb.,
  • 25 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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