This is a tasty little recipe using fresh herbs and spices as a rub, and then marinating it while it cooks. It is a balsamic basil bbq chicken dish, and when done properly it ends up with a glazed and crispy skin and chicken that carries a wonderful fresh herb taste throughout.
Chicken – you can use any skin on chicken; chicken breast, thigh, drumstick or even wings
1 Bottle or can of beer
Prepare the rub by combining equal amounts of the spices/herbs, except the basil and rosemary. You want two parts basil and a half part rosemary. Chop the herbs and combine all ingredients in a bowl. You can adjust the amounts based on how much chicken you are cooking. Combine the chicken with the rub in a ziploc bag. I like to leave some air in the bag to help coat the chicken. Once coated, you can squeeze the air out and reseal. It should look something like this:
Start the coals in the center of the grill, leaving empty space around the edges. You want to cook this on direct heat, but you need to have some cooler areas of the grill that you can move select pieces to in order to ensure proper cooking. Once the coals are hot, place the lid on the grill with vents open for a couple of minutes to cool it down slightly. You don’t want to burn your chicken when putting it on the grill.
While you are waiting on the coals, combine in the spray bottle one part balsamic vinegar, one part water, two parts beer. Any beer you have handy will do, but I typically will use a lighter beer rather than a darker beer if possible.
Place the chicken on the grill and cover. Keep an eye on your chicken, this is the critical time. You want to avoid burning the chicken of course! Flip the chicken every five minutes, spraying with the balsamic vinegar mix each time. You don’t want to soak the chicken with the spray, but you do want it dampened. Continue to move your chicken around to cooler or warmer spots on the grill to ensure nice even cooking.
Depending on the type of chicken you are cooking, your cooking time should range between 30-60 minutes. For thighs as pictured, you should figure on about 45 minutes cooking time. Use a meat thermometer to ensure doneness.