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Simple Salt-and-Pepper Grilled Chicken


Salt and pepper alone can have a profound impact on perfectly cooked chicken, making for an easy, three-ingredient entree.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2007


  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds), quartered, rinsed, and patted dry
  • Summer Bread Salad


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high. (If you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 3 to 4 seconds.)

  2. Combine salt and pepper. Rub chicken with mixture, covering all sides and shaking off excess. (You may not need all of the mixture.) Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

  3. Place chicken on grill, skin side down. Close cover, and grill 8 minutes. Flip chicken, and close cover. Grill until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes more.

  4. Transfer chicken to a plate, and let rest 15 minutes. Serve with bread salad.

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  • theycallmemartha
    26 MAY, 2014
    This became my go-to grilled chicken recipe last summer. I like to butterfly/spatchcock the chicken instead of quartering it, and then cook it over a two-level fire, with the leg quarters closest to the hotter side of the grill. I like the presentation butterflied, and it takes just a couple minutes longer on the grill.
  • BrandiLee
    14 AUG, 2008
    Unbelievably good and simple! Everyone loved it just like the post above even the picky kids came back for more! this is a family favorite! Definetly a keeper!
  • leanneangie
    31 MAY, 2008
    I truly believe, less is more! Back to simplicity...
  • darrelynk
    30 MAY, 2008
    This chicken is so wonderful! Salt
  • sbklak
    29 MAY, 2008
    Is this cooked direct or indirect? I'm thinking if it were direct, there would be flare ups.
  • JeanetteSue
    27 MAY, 2008
    This was the best grilled chicken!! Everyone from my picky eater kids to my mother-in-law loved this. It's was so easy to make and a big hit! I did not make the bread salad this time but will try that with it next time.
  • sheika
    27 MAY, 2008
  • davenew
    8 NOV, 2007