Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken

Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken
Photo by Scott Phillips


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

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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