Recipe courtesy of Wolfgang Puck

Grilled Chicken with Blanched Garlic

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  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 whole chickens, about 2 pounds each

2 small heads garlic, separated into cloves and peeled

1/4 cup Italian parsley leaves

Kosher salt

Freshly ground white pepper

2 tablespoons (1-ounce) unsalted butter

1 large lemon, juiced


  1. Halve and bone the chickens completely, leaving the first wing joint intact.
  2. In a small saute pan, blanch the garlic cloves in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain. Cut the garlic into paper-thin slices. Toss them in a small bowl with the parsley and a little salt and pepper.
  3. Stuff a little of the garlic mixture into the pockets under the skin of the chicken breasts and thighs (about 2 teaspoons per chicken). Transfer the chicken to a large plate, cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to use.
  4. Heat a charcoal or gas grill until moderately hot. Grill the chickens 7 to 10 minutes per side, or just until the pinkness disappears. Do not overcook.
  5. Heat the butter in a saute pan and in it, gently saute the remaining garlic mixture. Add the lemon juice and season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  6. Divide the chicken halves among 4 large heated dinner plates. Top with the Sauteed garlic and parsley. Serve with fresh vegetables cooked al dente.

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