Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken

Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken
Photo by Scott Phillips


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