Psycho Chicken



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This was dinner last night. The second time making it. Both times we gave it a Very Good rating. It calls for baking in the oven, but I am sure you smart people can figure out how to do the same thing on your grill.:)

Gail's Psycho Chicken
Gail's notes in italics

1 whole chicken (about 4 lbs)
~1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
~1 T garlic, pressed
~1 T cider or malt vinegar
dry white wine (Savignon blanc works well)
freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Clean chicken and remove giblets. Hack chicken all over with the tip of a sharp chef's knife to make gashes. (Invariably I find the music to the shower scene in Psycho running through my mind, thus the name, Psycho Chicken-- and lest you think I am thoroughly deranged, this manner of slash and season is actually very common in Cuban cooking.)

In a small bowl, mix together thyme, garlic, salt, pepper and vinegar, and slather liberally on chicken, taking care that mixture gets into slits in the meat. Place chicken on rack in roasting pan (if you don't have a rack, no biggie-- throw the thing directly into the pan) and roast about 2 hours until golden and fragrant, basting every twenty or thirty minutes with a splash of wine and any juices in the pan. Your house will smell wonderful.

Now this is the crucial part, which will make or break the entire dish: If this is cooked properly, your chicken should be running with wonderful juices as you carve. Dredge each slice of carved meat in those juices before placing on platter-- the juices are loaded with garlic and herb flavor.

Source: CLBB-SusanL-1-1-07