Barbecue Rosemary Chicken, Time For a Winter Barbecue


It has been so cold around here that a polar bear would head south for warmer weather. However, it actually got a little above freezing today so, it is time to barbecue!

There was a small frying chicken on sale so I made Barbecue Rosemary Chicken. This is an easy barbecue recipe with few ingredients and gives a great result.

The ingredients are:

2 to 3 pound fryer chicken
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled

I started by spatchcocking the chicken. This is a procedure that removes the backbone and breast bone so that the chicken lays flat. See the video at the end for the technique. I then slowly worked my fingers under the skin on the breast of the bird being careful not to rip the skin. I then mixed the seasonings together and rubbed them over both sides and under the breast skin.

Prepare Chicken

I then set up my barbecue for indirect cooking . That means I had some burners turned on and others turned off and I will cook over the burner that is turned off. I adjusted my burners until the temperature inside my barbecue was 300 to 350 F. I put the chicken on the barbecue breast side up, closed the lid and cooked for 40 minutes. Then I turned the breast side down for 20 minutes. I turned the bird over and made sure the internal temperature of the breast
and thighs was at least 165 F. If not, continue cooking until it is.

Cook Chicken

I then covered the chicken with foil and let it sit for 10 minutes. I cut the chicken into pieces and ate. It was so juicy that it sprayed on my sweater as I bit into the drumstick!

Carve and Eat

The Verdict
Often, less is better. These few spices rubbed over the chicken give it a nice flavour but you still taste the chicken. Cooking it this way keeps it moist with a nice crispy skin. If you want a great but easy chicken dinner, this is it.

If you would like to see a video of me making the chicken, I have inserted it below.

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