Grilled Chicken Under a Brick With Lemon, Garlic, and Rosemary Recipe


Placing a brick atop a butterflied chicken results in an evenly browned and slightly crisp skin, a great start to an excellent bird. Brush chicken with garlic and rosemary mixture for the perfect marriage of texture and flavor.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Serves: 4 servings

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For the Brine:

  • 2 quarts cold water

  • 1/2 cup kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup sugar

For the Chicken:

  • 1 whole chicken, 3 to 4 poundsbutterflied

  • 6 medium cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary


  1. To make the brine, whisk water, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl until salt and sugar are completely dissolved. Place chicken in brine, breast side down, and set in refrigerator for 1 hour.

  2. While chicken is brining, place garlic and salt in a mortar and pestle and work into a smooth paste. Transfer to a small bowl and whisk in lemon juice, olive oil, and rosemary. Set aside.

  3. Remove chicken from brine, pat dry with paper towels. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Alternatively, set all the burners of a gas grill to high heat. Set cooking grate in place, place brick directly over fire, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Place chicken over hot side of grill, skin side down. Place brick on top of chicken and cook until skin browns and crisps, 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Remove brick, flip chicken over, and move to cool side of grill. Brush chicken with garlic and rosemary mixture. Cover grill and let cook until an instant read thermometer registers 165°F (74°C) when inserted into the thickest part of the breast, about 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Carve and serve.

Special equipment

Grill, brick (wrapped in aluminum foil)

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
685 Calories
49g Fat
6g Carbs
51g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 685
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 256mg 85%
Sodium 1448mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 51g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 614mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)