Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken

Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken
Photo by Scott Phillips

Ingredients

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

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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