Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This is my favorite recipe form Rick Bayless' "Mexican Everyday" cookbook. This Mexican twist on a whole chicken is some of the best, juiciest, most flavorful chicken I've ever had!
For the marinade
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons ground dried ancho chile powder
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1⁄2 tablespoon ground cloves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely diced
- 3 tablespoons vinegar (I prefer apple cider)
- 1⁄4 cup orange juice
- 1 lime, juice of
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 bunch green onion, with large bulbs
- In a small bowl, mix together all the marinade ingredients.
- Heat one side of a bass grill to medium. If you have a grill with charcoal, let it burn until the charcoal is covered with white ash and about medium hot.
- While the grill is heating remove the giblets (if there are any) from the cavity of the chicken. Flip the chicken onto its breast. using poultry shears, cut down both sides of the backbone from tail to neck; discard backbone (or sometimes I save to make homemade stock!).
- Open the bird onto your work surface, breast side up. Make sure that the legs returned inward. Using your fist or mallet, wallop the bird on the breast, hard enough to dislodge the bones and flatten out the breast. (Reserve a little to baste with while cooking.
- Smear both slides of the chicken with the marinade. Lay over indirect heat on the grill. Cook, basting from time to time with remaining marinade until the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced deeply with a fork. If cooking on a gas grill, it will take about 45 minutes, if only a charcoal grill more like 1 hour 15 minutes - 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on size of chicken.
- About 10 minutes before the chicken is ready, put the knob onions on the grill, turning frequently until softened and browned.
Gotta love Rick Bayless. If you can't get to Chicago to eat at Frontera or Topolabampo, this is the ticket! Flavorful and moist! There is a tendency to use boneless breasts when cooking chicken for convenience, but the taste of cooking chicken on the bone and whole takes it over the top. Everyone in the family loved it!