Rosemary Lemon Twin Roast Chickens for the Grill
photo by Lavender Lynn
- Ready In:
- 1hr 7mins
- 2 (3 -4 lb) whole chickens
- 2 lemons
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried rosemary (or to taste)
- Early in the day unwrap chickens, remove giblets, and singe any pinfeathers.
- Place the chickens into a roasting pan (an 11x13 baking pan works well), nested together in opposite directions.
- Cut the lemons in half. Squeeze the juice all over the chickens, reserving the empty shells as you finish with them.
- Put half a lemon into each chicken's cavity.
- Twist each garlic clove a bit to crack it and release the flavor and put one into each chicken cavity. Put the other lemon halves into the cavities.
- Sprinkle the chickens with the dried rosemary. Refrigerate several hours to let the flavors permeate the meat.
- Turn on the grill's two end burners leaving the center burner unlit. Set the chicken pan in the center and close the lid.
- Adjust the flame so that the thermometer on the lid reaches and holds about 325-350.
- Let chickens cook for about about an hour, checking occasionally. Very carefully use a pair of tongs to lift each chicken and turn it around so that the legs that were toward the center are now towards the outside.
- Roast another 30-45 minutes or until the chicken is just barely cooked. Timing may vary due to individual grills' characteristics.
- Let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving so that the juices can settle.
- This makes very good cold chicken for sandwiches or chicken salad so don't hesitate to make the second chicken.
- Note: You could do this on a charcoal grill that has a lid but you will need a second grill to provide fresh coals and you will have to manage the coals carefully.
- While the chicken sits you might like to make Recipe #222171 and Recipe #231477 to complete the meal. :).
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Very Moist and flavorful. I used a lot more than 2 cloves of garlic and I put it under the skin and I added salt and pepper. I used rosemary on 1/2 my chicken and basil on the other half. I didn't think I liked rosemary very well before, but this was very good. The rosemary was not overwhelming. Really nice flavor blend. I used chicken thighs so was done a lot sooner than a whole chicken. Made for Summer Comfort Cafe.
Excellent dinner! I used one 4 1/2 lb chicken and cut it in half. I put the herbs and spices - I added S&P and thyme to rosemary, garlic about 4 cloves, and sliced lemon peel under the skin. I was able to lift the skin by the thigh and slid everthing down into the leg then the thigh itself. then lifted the breast skin from a small pocket along the backbone edge and did the same. Everything went into a Ziploc with the juice of 1 1/2 lemons for about 3 hours. I haven't done much indirect cooking on the gas grill before, but this worked great. It took about 80 minutes to reach 175 degrees, with the grill on medium. I basted some of the juice onto the chicken about and 30 minutes before the end - I wish I had thought to do it sooner . The rosemary and lemon taste was very distinct and we all really loved it! I served this with my Creamy Ceasar Salad and grilled garlic bread. Made for the Comfort Cafe July 09
Yum! If only I had this recipe when I was renovating the kitchen for six months. Even in our cold raining weather I went outside and made this lovely recipe. I was very surprised how crisp the chicken skin turned out. I was worried about the pan burning on the bottom but it didn't as the tray was not directly under the burners. Hubby said the flavours are not intense but I enjoyed the subtle flavours and I liked the cooking technique. Thank you 3KillerBs