Grilled Deviled Chickens Under a Brick


Grilling these chickens under a heavy weight will help them cook quickly and evenly, leaving them crisp and juicy.


  • 4 baby chickens (poussins) or Cornish hens (about 1 ¼ pounds each), or 4 chicken breast halves

  • 3 lemons, plus wedges for garnish

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

  • 1 tablespoon crushed red-pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • Salt, to taste


  1. If using whole chickens, use kitchen shears to cut along one side of the backbone of each chicken. Then cut along the other side to remove backbone; discard it. Open the chickens, skin side up, on a clean surface. Press down to flatten. Place in a large bowl.

  2. Thinly slice 2 lemons. Squeeze the juice of remaining lemon and add both to bowl with chickens. Add remaining ingredients, except salt, and toss. Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes or overnight.

  3. Heat a grill to medium hot. Wrap 4 bricks with aluminum foil (a large heavy skillet can also be used). Remove chickens from marinade; salt both sides. Brush grill with oil; transfer chickens to the grill, skin side up, and place bricks on top of chickens. Grill 10 to 15 minutes per side, until skin is dark brown and juices run clear when chicken is pierced. Serve garnished with lemon wedges.

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