BBQ Rub-Roasted Chicken

Total Time:
8 hr
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
6 hr 10 min
Cook:
1 hr 30 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For the brine:
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 lemon, juiced and halves reserved
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 (7 to 8 pound) whole roaster chicken
  • BBQ Rub:
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried ground thyme
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 lemon, zested
Directions
For the brine:

BBQ Rub, recipe follows, divided 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature In a bowl large enough to fit the chicken, combine the water, lemon juice and halves, salt, and sugar. Whisk until salt and sugar are dissolved. Add the chicken to the bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or overnight. If the brine does not fully cover the chicken, rotate the chicken halfway through the brining process. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl add half of the BBQ Rub and the butter. Mix until well combined. Refrigerate for a few minutes if the butter begins to melt after mixing. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry with paper towels. Use your fingers to gently release the skin from the flesh of the breasts and legs. Spread the butter mixture evenly under the skin and over the breast and legs. Pat the remaining BBQ rub mixture all over the bird. Transfer the chicken to a roasting pan fitted with a roasting rack and bake until golden and the juices run clear, basting frequently, for about 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven and raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Baste the chicken thoroughly with the drippings in pan, return to the oven, and let bake until the skin is brown and crispy, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before cutting. Carve the meat and arrange on a serving platter. Serve with Lemon and Walnut Waffles, if desired

BBQ Rub:

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Yield: about 3/4 cup


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Question... the recipe says "BBQ Rub, recipe follows" then at the bottom it says; "BBQ Rub: 1/2 cup light brown sugar". So are you saying this rub is just 1/2 cup of sugar? Someone should correct the recipe for those of us that have never used a rub before. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i MADE THIS FOR MY SISTERS GOING AWAY PARTY AND IT WAS SO DELICIOUS. PRETTY MUCH EVERYBODY ASKED FOR THE RECIPE !!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time brinning a chicken. I had heard mixed reviews regarding the texture afterwards. However, my family and I absolutely LOVED the tenderness and flavor of the chicken. It was bit too spicy for my 7 year old son, but just right for everyone else. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this tonight and it was a big hit. Recipe is a bit disjointed but the chicken was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love that the brine made this chicken very, very moist after it was cooked. I altered the brine by using ued 4 cups of chicken stock and 4 cups of water. The overall flavor of the seasoning mix was an interesting take on BBQ but it needed less than half of the amount of cayenne and the cumin seasonings than what is called for in this recipe. It was unexpectedly very spicy, which, if you like spicy, is fine but the recipe title infers a BBQ flavor though and the cayenne and cumin overwhelmed. I added a bit if nutmeg and more brown sugar to try and even it out to no avail. I would make this recipe again using the brine technique but use my own seasoning mixture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of my go-to chicken recipes. It is really really good and actually pretty easy to make. When I discovered this recipe, only the broiler coils in my electric oven worked, so I tweeked the cooking directions to make this recipe work for me. #1 I used leg quarters(6 or 7, instead of a roaster chicken #2 I broiled it in a broiler pan set on low and I based it with the drippings every 10 minutes or so. After the first 10 or 15 minutes, put the skin side down...keep basting ever 20 mins. For the last 5-7 mins or so, turn the chicken skin side up. You just have to be careful not to burn the skin. This method only takes about 45 minutes, so you save yourself half the time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
es super delicioso item not reviewed by moderator and published
The fam loved it so I will definitely make this again. I brined it overnight and I think that made the chicken so soft and juicy. This is an amazing recipe! At first when I saw it needed 1/2 cup of salt for the brine i thought that was too much but once i added the 1/2 cup of sugar it was perfectly balanced. item not reviewed by moderator and published
been asked to cook this at every family function the past yr great recipe i think im gonna try it on the grill this weekend wish me luck item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sunny, these recipes were absolutely delicious. Unlike some of the comments posted, I had no trouble following or reading the recipe. Reading through an entire recipe before I buy the ingredients & begin to cook, always seems to help. Seeing the show gave me a general idea of what needed to be done. I used 2 boneless skinless chicken breast instead of an entire chicken. We don't eat all the parts of the chicken. The rub went on perfectly by adding the butter to it at room temp. with a plastic spoon. It turned out moist, flavorful, & cooked to perfection in the time specified. The lemon & walnut waffles will be my new obsession for the next few days b/c I have leftover batter. They are absolutely delicious! The cumin or the thyme in the chicken tastes so good with the lemon in the waffles. I have been to Roscoe's chicken & waffles in ATL but I never ordered this in particular. I want to thank you for a delicious dinner! I will make this again & share this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it!!! It tastes even better the next day. My family thought it was the best. I agree with the previous posts about the directions. I almost missed the brown sugar. I read in the comments where some did so I knew to double check the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing recipe. A big hit in my household. My family couldn't stop raving about it and have asked many times that I make it again. It was so moist and flavorful. Perfect. Thank you for such a great recipe, Sunny. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe, for me, was a lot of work. The brine, making the rub, cooking the chicken for almost 2 hours. Patting the rub to chicken was very difficult. The rub would not stick to the chicken, stuck very well to my hands, though. lol. Maybe the chicken had to be at room temperature, IDK, in order for the rub to stay on. Didn't see other post with this problem, so I thought I would share. Just a heads up. Chicken was tasty, though. Yes, I agree with other posts, poorly written recipe. Sunny! are you listening? lol But love your show and will keep watchin' you gurl! item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING! Family favorite for us! The only change I made was I only used 1/2 of the cyanne pepper. Delious every time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The chicken was great! I tried to rewrite the recipe for other viewers to see in the reviews, but it was too long and I guess I'm limited to one post? Sunny didn't use the cumin in the show, it was left unopened sitting next to the other spices, but around minute 9 of the show she did list it in the ingredients of the spice rub mixture, so I guess she accidentally left it out in the shows taping. (TIVO is great!. The ingredients for the brine are correct. The butter goes with half of the rub ingredients for under the chicken skin, not the brine. Don't forget the brown sugar, its listed, just crammed next to the BBQ Rub text. Hope that helps the poorly written recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very disappointed in this recipe read all the reviews before attempting it. nota bad one in the bunch. first of all chicken was no where near done in time stated. and after leaving it much longer in the oven my husband and I both thought it was awful could be our taste is off but felt I had to write what we thought to give another slant on this recipe. We ended up throwing it out This is the first time I have ever taken the time to write a review. most recipes on this site are very good thank you item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe. The brine made the chicken tender and tasty. The butter rub was delicious. I could have eaten all the chicken by myself! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Weird combination but absolutely fabulous! We liked it so much that we are having my daughter and son in law over and are fixing it again! The chicken was moist, flavorful and tender. The waffles were the best ever. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is fast and incredible! I made this last week and by popular demand, I am making it again today for dinner. One of the BEST chicken recipes....EVER!!!! I highly recommend it....followed the recipes to a tee but also zested a lemon to the rub! MMMMMMM GOOD!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe it's because I left out the brown sugar (forgot) but the skin of the chicken was way too salty. I didn't think that 1TBS of salt was a lot but next time I am definitely cutting it some if I leave the sugar out again. The chicken meat did come out moist and with a texture I had never experienced - must've been the brine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This chicken recipe is so good. I just made chicken salad with the leftovers and it was delicious. Best chicken salad I ever had. Thanks Sunny. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I trierd this recipe and Love it! I will be brining from now on! Love your show Sunny! Thanks - This is fantastic! Vickie J. Southfield, MI item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'll talk about the recipe first... It is almost like a confusing diagram of putting a treadmill together because it jumps back and forth and I even preheated my oven to 450 and your suppose to start at 350. The recipe should describe what you do then divide the ingredients up beginning with the brime, and then the rub.. The confusion however, does NOT take away from the taste of this meal! OMG! I even added more hot ingredients because I like my food on the spicy side.. WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used chicken thighs only though it was a little too sweet and too much butter..The rub overpowered the chicken. Maybe it would've tasted different if I used a whole chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i watched sunny make this on her show, and i wanted to make it asap. but my only problem was i didnt have a whole chicken to use for the rub! so i tried the rub on 3 chicken breasts i had just thawed out. absolutely amazing! my husband and children licked their fingers! thanks sunny for this amazing recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Baked this chicken yesterday. It is soooooo good. I am going to try this on a rotisserie next time. Thanks Sunny. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have not tried this yet, but I am anxious to try it. Was wondering if I could grill on a rotisserie instead of using the oven on a warm day this summer. would appreciate someone's opinion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I could barley write this review because I am so full. The only problem is I don't have a family to share it with this evening, but none the less I will enjoy it again, again and again until. Thanks Sunny, I can't wait until the next recipe....lol!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE CHICKEN WINGS and these were delicious, but again the recipe was confusing, So Please Food network help me here, do you value what we say and make changes when we (The Public) point out the mistakes? The Brine, was I supposed to but butter in it? I did not have thyme I used Italian spice mix. I brushed each piece of both sides with good olive oil and then sprinkled the rub, I baked it on a high (475) heat. The rating is not for the flavor again for the translation of the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great timing for this recipe. I had just visited Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles a month before watching this episode. I used this recipe twice now. The first time, i left out the brown sugar and the lemon rind on accident. It's hard to see the brown sugar in the list of ingredients. I loved the tasty chicken and so did my guests. Tonight we made the rub as the recipe was written. The chicken was just as good but not better than the first. So you can leave out the brown sugar and lemon rind and your chicken will still be great. Side notes: we barbequed the chicken for 50-60 min on the grill. Butterfly the chicken. Be sure to eat the skin. The salty, crunchy skin with the sweet syrup is the great taste you are seeking. Also the price of 2 whole chickens was under $11 at Costco. So affordable. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight for Sunday dinner and it was unbelievably DELICIOUS!! I figured the chicken would be good because the dry-rub was so tasty but it was even better than I anticipated. Soooo Flavorful!!! I will have to resist the temptation of picking at it all night!! Definitely a Home Run!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Does anyone know where I can see this video I don't have cable now and will love to make this. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
So, I saw Sunny make this and thought it looked sooo yummy, so I made it. I doubled the brine b/c it wasn't nearly enough to cover the chicken and I still had to turn it over to make sure it all got a chance to brine. I changed a few things, like no cumin, lemon zest or thyme in the rub and I used Brummel and Brown instead of butter and all I can say is DELICIOUS!!! This is SUCH a yummy chicken!! Oh, I didn't use a rack either, ok, so maybe I changed more than a few things. I made rice on the side so that we could add some of the sauce from the chicken on it and it was superb! GREAT recipe..gonna try some others of hers now! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my second time making this BBQ Rub-Roasted Chicken. The first time, the chicken did not have any taste to it, and the reason why was that the brine did not have enough salt to it, in which that was my fault, because i had to double the amount of water (16 cups) the recipe called for, 8 cups of water was not going to cover my 7lb roaster, and when i did it the first time, i followed the Original amount of salt and sugar in the brine that the recipe called for. But the second time around, i added 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of sugar to the brine and the taste was "FANTASTIC". One note...I "always" tape a show from the Foodnetwork that i'm interested in cooking, and the one thing that i did omit from this recipe that is on the printed recipe is the "Ground Cumin", that was "Not" on her show. This is a "KEEPER". item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe was fairly easy to follow. The chicken turned out great... I wish the instructions were more sequential.. Number them even... lol.. Thanks for the great recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this the other night, and I must say the chicken was so moist and flavorful! It was a huge hit at my dinner table. Instead of a whole bird I used a bird that was already cut up and it turned out just fine. A few days later I used the same rub on a pork loin with excellent results ! FANTASTIC!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched the show and made the recipe exactly as written. I wouldn't change a thing - flavorful and very moist. My husband LOVED it! Will make again for sure. The stock I got from the carcass is amazing too - great color and flavor. Froze it and am saving it for something special. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had a large, extra-meaty, roaster chicken in the freezer just waiting to be cooked. I saw this recipe and had to try it. I was not disappointed. I did the recipe exactly as Sunny did on the show and it came out so tender and juicy. The rub is a really nice blend of sweet and spicy/hot. Thanks, Sunny! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The First group of words in the Dirctions should be in the ingredients list: BBQ Rub, recipe follows, divided 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best bbq chicken that we have tried. I never tried to brine meat before and am so glad that I did with this recipe. AWESOME. The bbq rub was so good. Our chicken was tender, moist, juicy, flavored throughtout and mouth watering good. THANKS SUNNY for providing great recipes that every day people can afford without off the wall ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has to be the best oven roasted chicken ever. Flavorful and moist. Easy to make. Fantastic. A permanent addition in our hosehold. Sunny, every recipe I have attempted of yours has turned out to be as great as you said it would be. Thank you and thank Food Network for having your show. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this version of roasted chicken. Saw it on Saturday and made it the same day. My boyfriend enjoyed it so much that I made 2 more the next day for weekly lunch. I used Ann Burrell's technique of starting with the breast side down and rotating the chicken half way through then flipping it at 50 minutes. I also used a little olive oil on top. The chicken was so moist and juicy. I added a bit more salt to the rub as a personal preference. Overall, an excellent recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
EXCELLENT!! This is the best roasted chicken I have ever eaten. It is moist, tender, very flavorful and very easy to prepare. . I will be making this recipe for years to come! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG this menu is out standing THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU item not reviewed by moderator and published
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