Chicken Under A Brick Recipe

Leslie Green | The Hungry Housewife

Chicken Under a Brick is a unique way to create a crispy and delicious grilled meal. Just follow these steps...

Chicken Under a Brick is one of the easiest grilled chicken recipes around.

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You need a flavorful marinade, a butterflied chicken (ask your butcher to do this for you if you are not comfortable), two garden bricks wrapped in heavy duty foil, and a grill.

It really is that simple. You can use any combination of herbs and spices you like, though you'll see my favorites below in the recipe. 

Garlic and Italian herbs are definitely classic, as is Rosemary. You could also go for Indian flavors and add curry powder. 

That would be totally delish!

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If you have an old rickety grill like mine, watch for flare ups. I keep a squirt bottle near by filled with water or even beer to put out any fires.

Chicken Under a Brick is a crowd pleaser, whether it's just a family dinner or full-on game day grub.

Pair it with potatoes, a bright green salad, and don't forget one of our dessert recipes to finish off the meal!

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Chicken Under A Brick Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 1 whole Chicken, 4 pounds, butterflied
  • 1 lemon-worth Lemon Juice
  • 6 cloves Garlics, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Rosemary, dried
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme, dried
  • 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Garden Bricks, wrapped in heavy duty foil


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper, thyme and olive oil.
  2. Place the chicken in a 9x13 pan and pour the marinade over the chicken.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat the grill to medium and remove the chicken from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  5. Place the chicken fat side down and place two bricks on the chicken.
  6. Grill over medium heat for 20 minutes.
  7. Flip and place the bricks back on and grill for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the juices run clear and the internal temperature has reached 165°F.
  8. Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes prior to cutting.


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Author: Leslie Green
Recipe Yields: 1 chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 350
Calories 424

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g
  Saturated Fat 5g
Sodium 299mg
Total Carbohydrate 1g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 6g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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