Our Top 5 Chicken Recipes
“A chicken in every pot.” Such was the aspiration of the early seventeenth century French king Henry IV for his subjects. (Yes, American president Herbert Hoover echoed the same sentiment.) However, “A chicken on every grill” might be more appropriate. Travel the world’s barbecue trail, and you’ll find an astonishing array of grilled poultry.
This, the second in a series, shares with you the most visited chicken recipes on our website.
Cornell Chicken was created by a Cornell University poultry scientist. Today, it is only served in upstate New York. The skin is crisp, the meat is moist, and it’s unlike any barbecued chicken we’ve ever tasted.
Need an excuse for a party? Authentic as all get-out, you won’t find better jerk chicken north of Kingston. We even use real pimento wood (and will share our hard-to-find source). We also provide work-arounds if pimento wood can’t be easily had. Adjust the number of hot peppers (Scotch bonnets are traditional) to suit your taste.
The fast food chain Popeyes hit it out of the ballpark in August, 2019, when they introduced their deep-fried chicken sandwich. Of course, the umps called “fowl” when Popeyes ran out of the instantly-popular sandwich just two weeks into its launch. But you know Raichlen’s Rule: If it tastes good boiled, broiled, baked, sautéed, or deep-fried, there’s probably a way to make it taste even better on the grill.
So here’s the Raichlen take on Popeyes’ chicken sandwich.
We’ taken all the risk out of the recipe by moving the fire to the sides of the grill—away from where the chicken cooks. You still get that smoky live-fire flavor, but without the risk of the bird burning. Pit masters will recognize this technique as indirect grilling, and it produces some of the tastiest barbecued chicken this side of Memphis.
Okay, here it is. The master recipe for the ur-beer-can chicken, the showstopper that will dazzle your family and friends. If you’ve never made beer can chicken before, start here, and once you’ve mastered the basic procedure, there’s no limit to its variations.