Spicy Grilled Butterflied Chicken with Crispy Bread

I once had a similar dish at one of my favorite Los Angeles restaurants, Republique. They cook their chicken over an open fire, rotisserie-style, so I tried to recreate that at home on my grill. A whole chicken is slathered in spices, then grilled until tender and super moist. It's finished with a squeeze of grilled lemon to brighten it up. I serve it over crunchy grilled bread to sop up all of the delicious juices.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

One 4-pound chicken

Grapeseed oil, for drizzling

2 large lemons, zested and halved

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 loaf rustic bread, such as ciabatta or pain rustique, halved lengthwise

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

3 scallions, thinly sliced

1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat a grill to 375 degrees F. Clean and oil the grates.
  2. To butterfly the chicken, use strong kitchen shears or poultry shears and cut down either side of the backbone. Pull out the backbone, turn the chicken over and press down on the breast of the chicken to flatten it out to one thickness.
  3. Place the butterflied chicken onto a rimmed baking sheet and lightly drizzle with grapeseed oil.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the lemon zest, chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, cumin, garlic powder, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle over the chicken, rubbing it in until every part is coated. Carefully lift the skin from the breasts and sprinkle some of the spice mixture directly on the meat as well.
  5. Place the chicken breast-side down on the grill, close the lid and grill for 15 minutes. Flip the chicken, close the lid and grill until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and the juices run clear, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into 6 pieces (cut the breasts in half).
  6. While the chicken rests, drizzle both sides of the bread halves with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill, flipping halfway, until crispy and charred, 5 to 6 minutes. Grill the lemons cut-side down until charred, 2 to 3 minutes. Slice the bread into 3-inch pieces.
  7. Pile up the grilled bread on a large platter followed by the chicken pieces and lemon halves. Sprinkle with the scallions and parsley. Serve.
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