Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken

Beer-Brined Butterflied Chicken
Photo by Scott Phillips


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