Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken

Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken
Photo by Scott Phillips


  • 6 bay leaves, crumbled
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ¾ cup plus ½ tsp. packed dark brown sugar
  • Large pinch dried oregano, crushed
  • Pinch cayenne
  • ¾ cup plus ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • + 6 more ingredients
    • ¼ tsp. celery salt
    • 2 12-oz. cans or bottles cold lager beer (like Budweiser)
    • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 3-½- to 4-lb. chicken (I prefer organic)
    • 1 Tbs. plus ¼ tsp. freshly ground coarse black pepper
    • 1 tsp. smoked sweet Spanish paprika (pimentón)

Place the chicken, breast side down, on a flat surface. Using poultry shears, cut along each side of the backbone and remove it. Flip the chicken over and press firmly on the center of the breast to break the breastbone. You can see a video of this technique, called butterflying, here. In a larg...

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