Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken

Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken
Photo by Scott Phillips


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