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Recipe from Weber's Big Book of Grilling™ by Jamie Purviance and Sandra S. McRae

Three-Lemon Chicken

  • People

    Serves 4

  • Baking Time

    30 to 45 mins

  • Grilling Time

    1:45 to 2:15 h

  • Prep Time

    15 mins

Serves 4
Baking Time
30 to 45 mins
Grilling Time
1:45 to 2:15 h
Prep Time
15 mins

the Ingredients

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  • 1 garlic head
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 whole chicken, about 4 pounds
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 3 thinly sliced lemon rounds

Special Equipment

  • butcher's twine
  • instant-read thermometer


  • 01 Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
  • 02 Remove the loose, papery outer skin from the garlic head. Cut about ½ inch off the top to expose the cloves. Place the garlic head on a large square of aluminum foil and drizzle the oil over the top of the cloves. Fold up the foil sides and seal to make a packet, leaving a little room for the expansion of steam. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the garlic packet over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until the cloves are soft, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from the grill and allow to cool. Squeeze the garlic from the individual cloves into a small bowl.
  • 03 In the small bowl with the garlic, combine the lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, the rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Mix well to create a paste.
  • 04 Remove and discard the neck, giblets, and any excess fat from the chicken. Use your fingers to gently separate the skin from the meat of the chicken breast to make a space for the paste. Spread half of the paste under the chicken breast skin, spreading it gently until the meat is covered. Season the inside of the chicken cavity with salt and pepper and add the rosemary sprigs.
  • 05 Truss the chicken with butcher’s twine. Pour the remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice and the wine into the cavity. Coat the outside surface of the chicken with the other half of the paste, pressing it into the skin.
  • 06 Grill the chicken, breast side up, over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until the juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh (not touching the bone), 1¼ to 1½ hours. Halfway through grilling time, carefully slide three lemon slices under the twine on top of the chicken breasts.
  • 07 Remove the chicken from the grill and transfer to a platter. Loosely cover with foil and let rest for about 10 minutes before removing the twine and carving. Serve warm.

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