Vertically Grilled Whole Chicken

In this whole grilled chicken recipe, a vertical grilling rack allows the heat of the grill to flow inside the bird, which means it cooks from both the inside and outside. Season with just salt, pepper and olive oil or use your favorite rub or marinade. You could also use a basting sauce during the last 10 minutes of cooking for extra flavor.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
6 servings


  • 1 4- to 4 1/2-pound chicken

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat a gas grill to medium or build a two-zone fire (coals on one side of the grill) in a charcoal grill and let it burn down to medium heat (about 400 degrees F).

  2. Remove giblets from chicken and trim any excess skin and fat. Loosen the skin over the breast and thigh meat. Rub oil, salt and pepper under the skin onto the breast meat and leg meat, and rub a little on the skin and inside the cavity.

  3. Hold the chicken upright and fit the opening of the cavity over a vertical grilling rack.

  4. If using a gas grill, turn off part of the grill (leaving 1 to 2 burners lit, depending on your grill). Place the chicken on the grill rack over the unlit part. Close the lid and grill until the chicken is very tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone registers 165 degrees F, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. (If using a charcoal grill, add 10 coals after the first 30 minutes to maintain the heat.) Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.


Equipment: Vertical grilling rack

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

250 Calories
12g Fat
0g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 3-4 oz.
Calories 250
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 32g 64%
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Vitamin A 56IU 1%
Folate 7mcg 2%
Sodium 481mg 21%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 28mg 7%
Potassium 270mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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