Grilled Chicken With Summer Squashes and Parsley

Photo: David Malosh
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 whole 4-pound chicken, backbone removed, cut in half lengthwise

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for brushing

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 lemons, cut in half crosswise

  • 2 pounds summer squashes (about 4 medium), such as zucchini and yellow squash, cut on the bias into ¼-inch-thick slices

  • 6 anchovy fillets packed in olive oil, rinsed, patted dry, and minced (about 1 heaping tablespoon)

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Rub chicken with 1 teaspoon oil, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Brush hot grill grate with oil. Place chicken, skin side down, and lemons, cut side down, on grill grate and cover. Cook 10 minutes. Transfer lemons to a plate. Continue cooking chicken 5 minutes. Flip and cook 5 minutes more.

  2. Meanwhile, toss squashes with 2 teaspoons oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add to grill, cover, and cook, turning squashes occasionally, until squashes are tender and browned in places and a thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken breast (do not touch bone) reaches 165 degrees, about 10 minutes.

  3. Squeeze juice of grilled lemons into a bowl, whisk in anchovies and remaining 7 tablespoons oil, and stir in parsley. Cut chicken into pieces and serve with vegetables and parsley dressing.

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