Grilled Chicken with Banyuls Wine & Charred Zucchini

Grilled Chicken with Banyuls Wine & Charred Zucchini

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From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2018

The bird is spatchcocked and grilled in this five-ingredient chicken recipe, cutting cooking time in half. A glug of Banyuls, a fortified red wine from the Occitanie region of France, adds special flavor to an otherwise-simple marinade. Try NV Domaine La Tour Vieille Banyuls Reserva ($27).

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds)
  • ½ cup Banyuls wine or port
  • 3 tablespoons Banyuls vinegar or red-wine vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 4 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


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  1. Remove giblets from chicken and trim any excess skin and fat. Place the chicken on a cutting board breast-side down. Working from the cavity to the neck, use kitchen shears or a sharp knife to cut down each side of the backbone; remove and discard (or reserve to make stock). Turn the chicken cut-side down and flatten the breastbone with the heel of your hand.
  2. Place the chicken in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. Whisk wine (or port), vinegar and mustard in a small bowl. Pour the marinade over the chicken and massage it in. Marinate the chicken, breast-side down, for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat a gas grill to medium-high, then turn off one burner (leaving 1 to 2 burners lit, depending on your grill). Or build a two-zone fire in a charcoal grill (coals on one side) and let it burn down to medium-high heat (450°F).
  4. Oil the grill rack. Remove the chicken from the marinade (reserve the marinade) and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt. Grill the chicken, skin-side down, over the unlit portion of the grill until the skin is well-marked and browned around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Carefully turn it over and continue grilling until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh registers 160°F, 20 to 25 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, toss zucchini with oil and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Grill until lightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  6. Pour the reserved marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the sauce is reduced by half, about 8 minutes.
  7. Carve the chicken and arrange with the zucchini on a serving platter; serve with the sauce.
  • To make ahead: Marinate chicken for up to 1 day.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 3-4 oz. chicken & 2-3 pieces zucchini
  • Per serving: 515 calories; 33 g fat(9 g sat); 1 g fiber; 7 g carbohydrates; 39 g protein; 1 mcg folate; 150 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 567 IU vitamin A; 29 mg vitamin C; 47 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 504 mg sodium; 773 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (48% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 5½ medium-fat protein, ½ fat

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