Garlic Grilled Whole Chicken
1 2-1/2- to 3-pound whole broiler-fryer chicken
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/2 red sweet pepper, sliced
1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil,
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Steamed new potatoes (optional)
Fresh oregano (optional)
Remove the neck and giblets from chicken. Twist wing tips under
Cut one of the garlic cloves lengthwise in
half. Rub skin of chicken with cut edge of garlic. Place garlic
halves, lemon slices, and sweet pepper slices in cavity of
chicken. Mince remaining two cloves of garlic. Combine
minced garlic, basil, and salt; set aside. Starting at the neck
on one side
of the breast, slip your fingers between skin and meat,
loosening the skin
as you work toward the tail end. Once your entire hand is under
free the skin around the thigh and leg area up to, but not
around, the tip
of the drumstick. Repeat on the other side of the breast. Rub
garlic mixture over entire surface under skin. Securely fasten
opening with water-soaked wooden toothpicks. Stir together oil
and lemon juice; brush over chicken.
Arrange preheated coals around a drip pan in a covered grill.
Test for medium heat above pan.* Place chicken, breast side up,
on grill over drip
pan. Cover and grill for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until chicken is no
longer pink and the drumsticks move easily in their sockets,
brushing occasionally with oil-lemon mixture. Remove chicken
from grill and cover with foil.
If desired, serve on a platter with steamed
new potatoes and garnish with fresh oregano. Let stand for 5
minutes before carving.
Makes 5 servings.
*Note: To test for medium heat over the grill, you should be
able to hold
your hand over the drip pan at the height of the food for 4
seconds before having to pull away.