Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken

Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 45 min
Serves: 4

In this recipe cilantro is added to the classic pairings of lemon, garlic, rosemary and thyme making this dish just a little different than your traditional Greek chicken dinner.


Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken:

4 lb (1.9 kg) whole chicken, butterflied
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
1 garlic, whole bulb
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 tsp (5 mL) pepper
1/2 cup (125 mL) rosemary, fresh
1/2 cup (125 mL) thyme, fresh
lemon, sliced, for garnish
parsley, for garnish

Herb and Lemon Sauce:

3/4 cups (175 mL) olive oil
1/3 cup (75 mL) parsley, chopped
1/3 cup (75 mL) basil, chopped
1/4 cup (60 mL) cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup (60 mL) chives, chopped
zest of one lemon
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) pepper


Butterflied Herb and Lemon Grilled Chicken

1 Heat grill on high. Cut the top off the garlic bulb (not the root end). Place the garlic on a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle with olive oil, and close foil around garlic to seal. Place on grill. Close cover of grill and cook for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from grill and allow to cool until able to handle. Squeeze garlic cloves out of bulb into bowl of a processor.
2 To garlic, add all ingredients for herb and lemon sauce. Process until smooth and reserve.
3 Place rosemary and thyme under chicken skin. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken, skin side down on grill. Grill for 5 minutes then turn. Close grill, reduce heat to medium, and continue to grill for 25-30 minutes or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F (74°C).
4 Remove from grill and place chicken on a cutting board. Allow chicken to rest for 15 minutes. Place on serving dish and drizzle generously with herb and lemon sauce.
5 Garnish with fresh lemon slices and parsley sprigs. Serve.