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How to Grill a Whole Chicken for the Grill

A grilled whole chicken in the perfect meal to enjoy on a busy weeknight that feels like a luxury.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, grilled, Kid friendly
Keyword chicken, grill
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 280 kcal
Author Morgan


  • 1 whole chicken spatchcocked
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Completely dry your spatchcocked chicken with paper towels. Season liberally on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Put into your fridge for 12-24 hours uncovered (put it on a shelf by itself for contamination purposeto dry out.*
  3. Remove from the fridge before preheating your grill to high. Allow to get as hot as possible.
  4. Once the grill is heated, place the chicken skin side down. Turn the heat to medium, close the lid, and leave for 15 minutes.
  5. Flip the chicken, close again, and continue to cook for about 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reached 160F.
  6. Allow to rest for 10 minutes or so before cutting and serving.

Recipe Notes

  • If you have stainless steel grates, consider using some kind of grill cooking spray as there is the potential for sticking. If you have cast iron grates, this is unnecessary
  • The dry out period isn't a requirement, but will help with creating really crispy skin!
  • Remove at 160F - as it rests, the temperature will continue to rise to the recommended 165F.
Nutrition Facts
How to Grill a Whole Chicken for the Grill
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.