Have you ever attended a grill shindig where chicken is the star of the show and what you are served resembles eau d'ashtray or worse the bird is literally still raw. Bleck.
For some reason, people feel the need to char the heck out of grilled chicken, leaving it dry and literally unpalatable. But you eat it anyway to be nice.
And then there are those who remove the chicken from the grill too soon because they put the grilling sauce on way too early and now it's burning. Their solution...take the uncooked chicken off the grill... a very dangerous choice. There seems to be no middle ground.
However, if you want to serve the best and juiciest Grilled Chicken ever....follow these tips. I promise, no burnt pieces and no uncooked parts.
No one will believe you are not a grill master.
First, I always buy a split fryer, a whole chicken that has been cut in half. I never grill different sized, individual pieces, it's too difficult to vary the cooking times and the pieces dry out too easily. Forget them. A split fryer is the answer to your grilling prayers or buy a whole chicken and cut it in half yourself.
Next, make a dry rub (recipe to follow). You do not want a dry rub with sugar in the list of ingredients. It will burn. The dry rub should be spread on the chicken, under and on top of the skin and in every nook and cranny. Do this three hours prior to grilling.
Also, bring the chicken to room temperature. You do not want to put iced cold chicken on the grill. Trust me.
Preheat the grill to very high heat, about 500 degrees. I then turn the middle burner completely off and place the chicken in there while lowering the other two burners, bringing the temperature to 350 degrees.
Next, baste the chicken (recipe to follow) and close the grill. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes turn the chicken over and baste again. Repeat this step every 15 minutes for a total of one hour. At the last basting, let the chicken cook for only five minutes more.
Using your favorite grilling sauce, Asthmagirl sent me this yummy one, baste both sides of the chicken.
After basting with the sauce close the grill and cook for only five minutes. Not longer, this is when the chicken will burn. Make sure you have washed your baster or are using a new one to prevent any contamination from residual raw chicken.
Let the chicken rest for at least five minutes before cutting into it.
Using this method, the chicken remains so juicy you won' be able to stop eating it. Make sure you take a nibble of the skin, it's to die for.
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