As summer approaches, we, in our small, no outdoor space, apartments know we are about to suffer through endless Facebook and Instagram and WordPress/Tumblr/Blogger posts of suburbanites grilling everything from lobster to steaks to chicken to vegetables.
Just the way it is. Men off of the island will be boasting about giant meats grilled to perfection. Women will be mastering marinades. Even the vegans will get involved with newly purchased vegetable griller trays.
OK, we admit it, we’re jealous. We wish we had a gas grill. We also wish we had won the PowerBall. We wish a lot of things.
It’s all moot because, not only are gas grills illegal on the island of Manhattan…but even if you did manage to sneak one up the freight elevator while no one was looking, transporting propane through any of the tunnels is also a big NYC no-no. Sure, you might have shared outdoor space in your building and you could charcoal it up, but, let’s face it, that all sounds a bit messy. And, carting a 40lb bag of charcoal from Food Emporium to your apartment is next to impossible. Plus – you’ll be damned if you’re going to get one of those roll-y carts.
No fear, my dears – We can do lots of grillish meals in the comforts of our tiny kitchens. And this wine-can chicken may actually change your mind about always relying on the rotisserie option.
Wine Can Chicken (Serves 4)
Tiny Apartment Tips:
- Ideally you might have a deepish roasting pan to sit the chicken in…but if you only have a lasagna or even a baking dish, use those. Just line with Reynold’s Wrap to ease clean up
- OK, you have to have fresh Thyme on this one…But remember, you can freeze the unused Thyme and use it in future dishes for up to 6 months. Just put the thyme in a ZipLoc baggie and throw it in the fridge. I might wash it first too.
- Remove all but the lowest oven rack before heating the oven…I put mine on top of my cabinets when not in use. You can hide it behind a door or something…
- Invite someone who likes dark meat – I don’t…
- 1 Whole Chicken (3.5 – 4lbs) bought mine at Fairway who had the best price that day
- 3 Cloves Garlic Smashed
- 2 Lemons – juiced
- The zest of 1 Lemon
- 5 Sprigs of Thyme plus the leaves from 2 add’l Sprigs
- 6 Oz Good-ish White Wine – whatever you have leftover. Consult @grapefriend.com for suggestions if you like. I used a chardonnay left over by my white wino friends
- 1 TBSP Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Lemon Pepper
- 2 TBSP Olive Oil
- 1 empty 12oz Can, rinsed and cleaned inside and out – I used a lemon San Pelligrino can thinking that any left over flavor in the can from the lemon would be AOK
Preheat the Oven to 400 degrees F
1. In a small bowl whisk together the Olive Oil, Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Lemon Pepper and the leaves from 2 Sprigs of Thyme
2. Into a Cup Measurer with oz – Pour 6oz of Chardonnay
3. Into the Chardonnay add the juice of 1 lemon PLUS the zest of 1 lemon
4. Whisk together wine and lemon
5. Pour the wine and lemon mix into the empty San Pelligrino can
6. Into the can shove the smashed cloves of garlic
7. Add the 5 sprigs of Thyme into the Pelligrino Can
8. Give the can a little swirl
9. Unwrap the Chicken and rub the front and back with the Olive Oil, Lemon, Thyme Leaves, Krazy Mixed Up Lemon Pepper
10. Sit the Wine-Filled San Pelligrino can on the center of the lined lasagna/baking/roasting pan and then sit the whole chicken atop the can – inserting the can into the Chicken’s ‘cavity’
11. Put into the oven – and roast for 1 hour – turning the pan 180 degrees about halfway through to ensure even cooking
12. Check with a meat thermometer beginning at :45 mins. Breast area should read 170 degrees and Thighs should read at 180 degrees when done
13. Take out of the oven and let sit for :10mins before moving chicken off of the can and onto a cutting board
14. Slice and serve!
Yes, people make beer-can chicken on their outdoor grills all the time. But, beer is so gauche.
The wine-can chicken technique seriously may have changed my mind about defaulting to the store roasted bird. It was amazingly good and so very easy.
So this weekend when all of those suburbanites are busily posting pix of their outdoor grilling bonanzas, you just rest comfortably in your tiny kitchen with your perfectly roasted wine and herb infused whole chicken. Put that in your bird and roast it!