This recipe is similar to the one I posted on 09/04/18, Grilled Chicken Wings. Both include Maple syrup and/or honey. This time it’s a whole chicken that’s being grilled. However, the chicken is cut into six serving pieces. it’s not just chicken wings. I like chicken wings, but I prefer this recipe overall. This is a grilled dinner for 4 people. And you can serve it with any sides of your choice be it grain or vegetable. We served it with grilled potatoes and zucchini, and it was perfect. Pair it with a fruity ZInfandel or light red (like a Valpolicella or Gamay) or even a good brown ale, and you’re in heaven.
GRILLED MAPLE CHICKEN
1 fryer chicken, about 3 to 3¼ pounds
1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Salt and black ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
- Cut chicken in half, then cut away drumsticks, and cut remaining chicken pieces in half. You should have 6 pieces in all. Rinse pieces under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels.
- In a small bowl, combine oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Rub chicken pieces with the seasoning. Place chicken in a large zip-lock bag and refrigerate for 4 hours or, preferably, overnight.
- Remove chicken from zip-lock bag and boil for 10 minutes. Star a charcoal or gas grill and preheat. Fire should be moderately hot and rack should be about 6 inches from source of heat. Brush chicken parts liberally with maple syrup. Place on grill and cook, grill closed, for about 5 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
Yield: 4 servings.