Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cornell Chicken

I found this recipe in the latest Cook's country magazine. Don was after me to make it since he grew up on the dish. I had never done a whole chicken on the grill before so it was an adventure. The chicken tasted pretty good overall. I added some applewood chips to the coals because I just really like the flavor applewood adds to grilled foods. I should have made more of the sauce because I prefer my grilled foods with extra sauce. However that is my personal experience and most likely not one that everyone likes. It was a pretty easy recipe to make and one that I see being made often in our house.
Do not brine the chicken longer than 2 hours or the vinegar will make the meat mushy.

2 quarts water
3 1/2 cups cider vinegar
1/4 cup salt
2 (3 1/2-to 4-pound) whole chickens , halved

Seasoning and Sauce
1 tablespoon ground poultry seasoning
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 cup olive oil
1. For the chicken: Whisk water, vinegar, and salt in large bowl until salt dissolves. Add chicken and refrigerate, covered, for 1 to 2 hours.
2. For the seasoning and sauce: Combine poultry seasoning, 2 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper in small bowl; set aside. Process vinegar, mustard, sage, rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in blender until smooth, about 1 minute. With blender running, slowly add oil until incorporated.
3. Heat all burners on high for 15 minutes, then turn all burners to medium-low. (For charcoal grill, light 75 coals; when covered with fine gray ash, spread evenly over bottom of grill. Set cooking grate in place and heat covered, with lid vents open completely, for 5 minutes.) Scrape and oil cooking grate.
4. Remove chicken from brine. Pat dry with paper towels and rub all over with poultry seasoning mixture. Arrange chicken skin-side up on grill and baste with vinegar sauce. Grill, covered, until chicken is well browned on bottom and meat registers 120 degrees, 25 to 30 minutes, basting with sauce halfway through cooking. Flip chicken skin-side down and baste with sauce. Continue to grill, covered, until skin is golden brown and crisp and thigh meat registers 170 to 175 degrees, 20 to 25 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to platter (do not cover) and let rest 5 minutes. Serve.
Make Ahead: Both the spice rub and the sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead. The chicken can be brined, patted dry, and rubbed with the seasoning mixture up to 8 hours ahead.

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  1. I'll have to try this! I have a a couple whole chickens in the freezer!

  2. So do you get Cooks Country & Cooks Illustrated? Which do you prefer? I get Cooks Illustrated right now and love it.

  3. I get both magazines. I would say I prefer Cook's country over Cook's illustrated for everyday dishes. I use Cook's illustrated for dishes I want to impress with although I do use their baking recipes on a pretty regular basis.

  4. Sherri- Let me know if you do and how it turned out for you.

  5. Wow, I made this yesterday and it was amazing. I am from upstate NY and so familiar with the dish. I used to subscribe to Cook's Illustrated but when I discovered Cook's Country I found I preferred the recipes in that magazine. I think Cook's Country is a little more "real food". Anyway thanks for posting the recipe.


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