Grilled Butterflied Lemon Chicken
Opening up a whole chicken with a pair of scissors promises crisper skin and the opportunity to put bold seasonings in direct contact with the meat.
Why This Recipe Works
To cook whole chickens on the grill, we butterfly our birds, which exposes more of the skin to the fire, and flatten them out for even cooking. Starting them over the cooler side of the grill lets the fat render and the skin dry out, and just a few minutes over the hotter fire crisps the skin. To enhance the simple lemon zest, salt, and pepper seasoning, we grill lemons alongside the chickens to use in a flavorful sauce with garlic, parsley, mustard, and olive oil.