Barefoot Bloggers – Butterflied Chicken

by Jessica on August 28, 2008

Stefany of Proceed With Caution chose Ina’s Butterflied Chicken for this week’s Barefoot Bloggers recipe. Very easy and really tasty, too – you can’t go wrong with this chicken! It reminds me of Summertime grilling, but it could definitely be made year round by baking it in the oven!

Butterflied Chicken

Butterflied Chicken
Source: Ina Garten

1/4 c chopped fresh rosemary leaves, plus 2 sprigs
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp lemon zest
1-1/2 tbsp lemon juice
Good olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 roasting chickens (2 1/2 to 3 lbs each), deboned and butterflied*
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced

Mix the chopped rosemary, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper together in a small bowl to make a paste.
Place the chickens on a sheet pan, skin side up, and loosen the skin from the meat with your fingers. Place 1/2 of the paste under the skin of each chicken. Rub any remaining paste on the outside and underside of the chickens.

Turn the chicken skin side down and scatter the lemon slices and sprigs of rosemary over each chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Roll each chicken up, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Heat a grill with coals. Spread the coals out in 1 dense layer and brush the grill with oil. Unroll the chickens, place them on the grill and cook for 12 minutes on each side.

*I had chicken tenderloins that needed to be used, so I just marinated them in the garlic/rosemary/lemon paste before grilling and it turned out perfectly!!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cate August 28, 2008 at 8:53 am

Beautiful chicken! It looks absolutely perfectly grilled. I’m impressed!


2 Joelen August 28, 2008 at 9:44 am

This looks awesome and I bet tastes fabulous with the smokiness from the grill!


3 Natashya August 28, 2008 at 10:02 am

Finger food! I loved this recipe and think I would love it even better eating it with my fingers. Great idea. Pass me one?


4 The Cat's Pajamas August 28, 2008 at 10:55 am

I love the idea of the smaller pieces of chicken. You get more rub/chicken ratio that way. Good call.
~The Cat’s Pajamas


5 Lindsey August 28, 2008 at 5:05 pm

LOVE the idea of tenders. Looks great!


6 Suzie August 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm

The chicken looks really tasty, and your grill marks are perfect. What a great looking meal. Hope you enjoyed it.


7 Veronica August 28, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Tenders are my favorite-great idea to use them! Looks great.


8 Heather B August 28, 2008 at 8:41 pm

yum! I love the idea of using tenders. Great job!


9 Erin August 28, 2008 at 9:09 pm

I did chicken tenderloins also. Easy and yummy. YOurs look fab.


10 debinhawaii August 28, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Tenderloins were a great idea–they look very good and such nice grill marks too1!


11 Rebecca August 29, 2008 at 11:24 am

Wow, this looks great! Check out those sprigs on the plate. So Ina! ­čśë


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