When asked for my favorite, go-to dinner when the weather warms up,brick chicken herbs sm this recipe immediately comes to mind. It’s simple but tasty and a real crowd-pleaser!  I’ve cooked what I lovingly refer to as “Brick Chicken” from holiday occasions like Father’s Day to Monday night dinner… it’s just downright delicious!

Brick Chicken
garlic (3-4 cloves), minced
red pepper flakes (to taste)
kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
2 T chopped rosemary (or whatever herbs you have handy)
juice from half of a medium lemon
olive oil
Whole chicken, spine cut out and “flattened” ( I crack the joints in the middle so it will lay flatter on the grill)
2 – foil wrapped bricks

4stepsCombine garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice and rosemary with oil (around 2-3T, enough to make the mixture more fluid than a dry rub mixture). Rub it under the skin of the chicken on the breasts and legs.
Roast on the grill, breast side down with two foil covered bricks on top, over low to med-low heat. After 15-18 minutes, turn it over and repeat with the bricks. After about 20 minutes, the chicken should be done. Sometimes I flip it one more time just to make sure and leave on for a few extra minutes. It shouldn’t dry out, so don’t worry about that. Let rest for five minutes (if you can resist the smell!) then serve. Enjoy!

I know this “finished” pic isn’t very pretty (I like the skin really crispy), but I promise it’s juicy and delicious!

In the spring and summer, I like to pair this chicken with a tomato salad (mostly because it’s easy):brick chicken sm

Tomato Cilantro Salad
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 T. white wine vinegar
2 t. Dijon mustard
1-2 small cloves of garlic
6 plum tomatoes sliced (I’ve also used the cherry ones, cut in half)

In a blender, combine the cilantro, oil, vinegar, mustard and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, and blend until vinaigrette is smooth. Drizzle tomatoes with vinaigrette and serve.