6 Ways to Grill a Whole Chicken

Whole chickens aren't just for roasting in the oven. Fire up the grill for six summery takes, each yielding juicy, smoky results.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Go Beyond Beer-Can Chicken

A whole bird on the grill is one of the best things you can hope to eat this summer. Juicy, smoky and crispy-skinned, it pleases a party of wing, breast and thigh lovers all in one go. Our six distinct methods — including the time-tested spatchcocking route and a genius Bundt pan hack — achieve evenly cooked results every time. Pro tip: Just as you do with a steak, let these whole chickens rest for 20 minutes or more for the juiciest results.

Grilled Spatchcocked Greek Chicken

We're big fans of spatchcocking — that's when the backbone of a chicken is removed and the chicken is flattened out. The beauty of this extra step is that all parts of the chicken finish cooking at about the same time, so no more dry breast meat!

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Grilled Blackened Cajun Chicken

Cooked over indirect heat, this brined bird is full of flavor, thanks to a homemade seasoning of paprika, onion and garlic powders, oregano, thyme and cayenne. Don't be scared if the chicken blackens in some spots — that's the best part.

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Soy-Garlic-Glazed Cola Can Chicken

Crack open a can of cola for a more kid-friendly version of beer can chicken. Pour half of the cola into the soy-based marinade to bring it a distinctive sweetness, and later sit the chicken over the can so that it sits upright.

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Slow-Grilled Chipotle Chicken

Cooked low and slow over indirect heat, this smoky and spicy chicken makes a great filling for tacos. Pile each one with charred scallions, prepared salsa and your favorite toppings.

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Grilled Bundt-Pan Provencal Chicken with Roasted Potatoes

Get double duty out of your Bundt pan by using it as a stand for chicken and as a roasting pan for potatoes. That way, they will cook at the same time on the grill.

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Grilled Whole Porchetta-Style Chicken

There's a little extra work needed up front for this recipe, but we promise that it's totally worth it. Find a butcher who is willing to debone your bird, or take the time to do it yourself. The finished dish is impressive, and leftovers can be sliced for sandwiches the next day.

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