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  • Easy Grilled Chicken
  • Easy Grilled Chicken
  • Easy Grilled Chicken
  • Easy Grilled Chicken

Easy Grilled Chicken

Food | August 29, 2019 | Nik Manojlovich
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Our EASY GRILLED CHICKEN is flavourful and super simple to make. Like chicken? Make this!

Give this recipe a try the next time you need a foolproof chicken main that is really, really tasty! It’s not just the flavour that gets our two thumbs up; that delicious chicken also gets to the table moist, tender and juicy. This recipe really is the best!

That said, we recommend you PIN this superior recipe to a favourite Pinterest board. You can also BOOKMARK the page for future reference. Try it once and you’ll be making it again and again, guaranteed.

Here’s why this EASY GRILLED CHICKEN recipe works:

Easy Grilled Chicken


The marinade for this recipe comes together with readily available ingredients. I especially like the robust flavour of the garlic and Dijon tempered with the lemon, capers and fresh basil. Don’t over-process the marinade when you pull it together in your food processor or handy chopper; a somewhat chunky marinade seems to deliver more memorable bites.

Another idea – double the recipe for the marinade so that you have extra. You can then brush onto the cooked chicken or keep it at-the-ready for the next time you make scrambled eggs. It’s also fabulous when used with a favourite goat’s cheese and grilled veggies for a quick sandwich. The marinade alone is a taste sensation.

Easy Grilled Chicken


This EASY CHICKEN RECIPE comes with a word of the day: spatchcock. This culinary term refers to poultry or game birds that have been split open and had their backbones, and sometimes sternums, removed.

A spatchcock chicken is often cooked whole as we’ve done here.
You can open and remove the backbone yourself; go slowly and carefully using a sharp boning knife. An easier way is to have a butcher debone the bird for you. Either way, a spatchcock chicken will cook evenly with stellar results.

Easy Grilled Chicken


We suggest cooking this chicken using a radiant heat method. The idea, in basic terms, is that only one half of the barbecue is turned on and the meat is placed onto the “off” side. The lid is lowered and the meat cooks perfectly as a result of the radiant heat. This method is also preferred as there are no grill flare-ups or spot fires.

We tested this recipe a number of different ways. Best result was to start with the grill preheated to 500 degrees. The chicken was placed skin-side down on the “off“ side and grilled for 15 minutes before we flipped it and cooked for an additional 15 minutes. That makes the total cook time for this perfectly juicy, tender chicken just 30 minutes!

The “easy” trend continues when serving up this EASY CHICKEN RECIPE by partnering it with these tasty sides – our ASIAN COLESLAW, our GRILLED VEGETABLE MEDLEY or our GRILLED EGGPLANT. Let’s say you just want to serve chicken and a green salad, try simple, assorted greens with our RANCH or RASPBERRY DRESSINGS!

Prepare this EASY CHICKEN RECIPE for your next get-together and enjoy a most memorable main!

Easy Grilled Chicken


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  3. […] to the use of three different kinds of cheese. Although it’s often served as a side with our GRILLED CHICKEN or BREADED PORK CHOPS, kids like it all by itself served with a dollop of ketchup. […]

  4. […] already mentioned, this salad likes to be paired with equally delicious mains. Try it with our EASY GRILLED CHICKEN, our BARBECUED SALMON or our GRILLED LAMB LOIN CHOPS. Truth be told, enjoy it on its own with a […]

  5. […] mentioned at the outset, this CHEESY CORN dish is best enjoyed with a tasty main. Try it with our GRILLED or ROAST CHICKEN recipes. It’s equally fetching next to this BARBECUED SALMON or served with BEEF […]


Ingredients & Amounts

  • 1 four-pound whole chicken, backbone removed
  • For the marinade:
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • juice of one lemon
  • ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil


  1. Place marinade ingredients into a food processor and blend or pulse to a purée. Reserve 6 tablespoons of the marinade.
  2. Place whole chicken onto a baking sheet or tray and gently insert your hand between the skin and flesh to coax the skin up.
  3. Stand chicken on its legs and pour marinade between the skin and flesh, working the skin with your fingers to distribute it evenly. Place the chicken into an airtight bag, and pour in any marinade left in the processor. Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from bag and allow it to come to room temperature for at least one hour before grilling.
  5. Turn barbecue on high. When maximum temperature is achieved, turn off half the burners and place chicken on the “off” side. Allow to cook for 15 minutes before turning. Check for doneness at the 30-minute mark and cook longer if needed.
  6. Remove cooked chicken from the grill and cut into portions. Brush with reserved marinade and serve immediately.

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Nik Manojlovich

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