Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken

Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken
Photo by Scott Phillips

Ingredients

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

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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