Grilled Flattened Chicken with Spicy Roasted Corn

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 min
Serves: 8

The spicy roasted corn on the cob is perfect to serve with the herbed grilled chicken. If you like, have the butcher flatten your chicken for you.


1 tsp (5 mL) rosemary, fresh, chopped
1 tsp (5 mL) oregano, fresh, chopped
1 tsp (5 mL) thyme, fresh, chopped
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4.5 lb (1.9 kg) whole chicken
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Spicy Roasted Corn:

3 tbsp (45 mL) butter, softened
1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice, fresh
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) hot red chili pepper flakes
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) chili powder
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
6 corn cobs, husked


Grilled Flattened Chicken

1 In a small bowl, mash together herbs, lemon zest, lemon juice and garlic to make a paste.
2 Place chicken on a cutting board breast side down and, using kitchen shears or a sharp knife, cut along the backbone of the chicken lengthwise on both sides removing it completely. If using a knife, be careful not to cut through to the breast. Turn chicken over and gently press down on the breastbone to “flatten”.
3 Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both front and back. Gently loosen the skin on the breasts by running your fingers underneath. Spread about one quarter of the herb mixture under the skin. Rub the remaining mixture over the front and back of the chicken. Place chicken on a plate and wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to two hours.
4 Place chicken on preheated greased grill over medium-high heat, skin side up and grill uncovered for 55 to 60 minutes, turning over every 10 to 15 minutes or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced and meat thermometer reaches 165°F (74°C).

Spicy Roasted Corn

1 In a small bowl, combine butter, lime juice, chili flakes, chili powder and salt. Rub each cob of corn with butter mixture. Grill over medium-high heat for 10 to 15 minutes turning occasionally or until corn is tender. Serve with additional butter if desired!