Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken

Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken
Photo by Scott Phillips

Ingredients

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

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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