Great day in the desert to Bar-B-Cue ( high 80’s and no wind) chicken using a simple basting of lemon and herbs. First outside to our Meyer Lemon Tree to pick a large one or several small ones..
So many lemons still on the tree and new blossoms appearing. The scent of the lemon blossoms is so invigorating to my senses. When the patio doors are open it reaches inside our home and can be enjoyed while cooking.
Now onto our herb garden in a tub to snip some parsley,thyme and oregano. Use whatever herbs appeal to you.
These herbs have grown all winter long covered in the tub with small white Christmas lights providing some heat. We sell the tubs locally and off and on at my Tanglewood site. Yes, sorry, that was a bit of advertising for our custom made wood tubs. 🙂
The chicken weighed 3.7 pounds and today we cut it in half; basting one in lemon dressing and the other half for a red sauce. Here is my recipe for the lemon basting:
- Juice of 1 large lemon
- 2-3 T. olive oil
- Use Any amount of chopped herbs you like. I like to use 2 T. and add a teaspoon or more of honey and then whisk to mix.
In the mean time the chicken has been cleaned and dried and sprinkled with coarse sea salt and pepper. Allow to sit for 20- 30 minutes while preparing grill.
We use briquets from Trader Joe’s. They have no fillers added such as coal dust or parafins as binders. They only use cornstarch with their hardwoods. All Natural without petroleum products making the taste much better and safe for us. Get the grill hot and then oil with a little olive oil. Place chicken to side of hot coals using the indirect grilling method.. Grill for 20 minutes and then baste and turn chicken. I do this every 20 minutes until chicken is done. I generally like mine to show a temperature reading of 175 while most cooking thermometers say 165. Everyone has their own taste and opinions on this. I like mine to fall apart a bit while remaining moist. So today grilling these as half chickens took mine about 1 hour to complete. Again, let your preferences be your guide.
Our chicken was served with baked potatoes and a simple veggie salad. Yum, we always enjoy this and hope you do also.
Have a great day.