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Old 05-02-2005, 09:18 PM   #1
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Five-Star Grill-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Herbs

Five-Star Grill-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Herbs
from Weber's Recipe of the Week

Grill over Indirect/Medium heat

1 whole chicken, about 4 pounds
3 to 4 tablespoons kosher salt
5 whole garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1/2 bunch fresh thyme sprigs
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Remove any excess fat from the tail end of the chicken. Sprinkle the entire surface of the chicken, inside and out, with 3 tablespoons or so of kosher salt, covering it like a light blanket of snow. Refrigerate the chicken for 90 minutes. Rinse off the salt with cold water. Gently pat the chicken dry with paper towels.

Place the garlic and thyme in the cavity of the chicken. Season the chicken, inside and out, with salt and pepper to taste. Truss the chicken.

In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Then remove the skillet from the heat and let the butter cool for about 1 minute. Add the dill and lemon juice.

Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter mixture. Grill the chicken over Indirect Medium heat until the skin is golden brown and the juices run clear when you insert a thin knife into the thigh, about 1-1/4 hours (check after 1 hour). Remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the string and cut the chicken into pieces, being careful not to tear the skin. Serve warm.

Makes 4 servings

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