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Mario Batali's Brick Chicken

Brick Chicken Mario Batali
Have chicken for dinner!
skill level
Easy
time
Over 120min
servings
6
cost
$
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This simple chicken dish comes together quickly but it tastes like it took hours. Try it this weekend. Calories per Serving: 345
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ingredients
  • Whole Chicken (1 to 11/2) halved with the backbone and breastbone removed
  • Olive Oil
  • 8 quart Water
  • 1 1/2 cup Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Handful Peppercorns
  • 8 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1  Lemon (juiced)
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
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step-by-step directions We've Made Cooking As Easy As 1-2-3! printer friendly version 
  • 1
    Whole Chicken (1 to 11/2) halved with the backbone and breastbone removed
    8 quart Water
    1 1/2 cup Kosher Salt
    1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
    1 Handful Peppercorns
    8 Bay Leaves
    Olive Oil
    Boil 1 quart of water. Add Kosher salt, sugar, peppercorns, and bay leaves to boiling water. Once salt and sugar are dissolved, add mixture to 7 quarts of cold water. Stir to dilute and mix well. Drop the chicken pieces in the brine and let them sit overnight. Rinse, pat dry and store in extra virgin olive oil.
  • 2
    1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
    1  Lemon (juiced)
    Salt
    Freshly Ground Black Pepper
    Before cooking rub the chicken with the smoked paprika, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. 
  • 3
      
    Grill the oiled chicken under a foil-wrapped brick on both sides, 4 minutes each side.
 
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