Grilled Lemon-Coriander Chicken

Grilled Lemon-Coriander Chicken


You will need one whole chicken

Puree cilantro, oil, shallots, garlic, lemon zest and juice, chili, coriander, sugar, and ½ teaspoon salt in a food processor until it forms a paste.


Leave any fat in opening of chicken cavity and sprinkle cavity with pepper and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt.


Starting at cavity end, gently slide index finger between skin and flesh of breast and legs to loosen skin (be careful not to tear skin). Using a small spoon, slide cilantro puree under skin over breast and drumsticks, using your finger on outside of skin to push puree out of spoon and distribute evenly.


Tie legs together with kitchen string and tuck wing tips under.

Brush outside of chicken all over with butter.

Prepare grill for cooking over indirect heat with medium-hot charcoal (moderate heat for gas).


To cook chicken using a charcoal grill: lightly oil grill rack, then put chicken on rack with no coals directly underneath the chicken and cook, covered with lid, until thermometer inserted into fleshy part of thigh (so not touch bone) registers 170◦F, 40-50 minutes. (Add more briquettes during grilling if necessary to maintain heat).


To cook chicken using a gas grill: Lightly oil grill rack, and then put chicken above shut-off burner. Grill, covered with lid, turning chicken 180 degrees halfway through cooking if using a 2-burner grill, until thermometer inserted into fleshy part of thigh registers 170◦F, 35 to 45 minutes.



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