Chicken Under a Brick

  • serves 4
Christine Cushing
Christine Cushing

Any heavy-bottomed ovenproof skillet can be used to make this dish but for super-crispy chicken skin, a cast iron skillet is the best choice. Using a brick in this dish keeps the chicken extra juicy. If you don’t happen to have any bricks in your kitchen (most people don’t!) simply weight the chicken with another heavy-bottomed ovenproof pan or two. Yield is 4 servings.

12 Ratings
Directions for: Chicken Under a Brick


1 chicken, (3 pounds), rinsed, patted dry

1 Tbsp minced fresh rosemary

2 tsp minced fresh thyme

coarse salt, and freshly cracked black pepper

1 Tbsp chopped garlic

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 lemon, quartered


1. Remove the backbone and butterfly the chicken. If the pan isn't big enough, cut the chicken into 2 halves.

2. In a bowl, mix together the rosemary, thyme, some salt, garlic, mustard and 1 tbsp. of the olive oil.

3. Rub mixture all over chicken.

4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

5. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil in a 9-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until oil is shimmering.

6. Put the chicken in the pan, skin-side down.

7. Weight the chicken with another ovenproof skillet or flat pot and put some bricks on top. (Make sure the chicken is weighted evenly).

8. Cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes.

9. Carefully transfer to the oven.

10. Roast the chicken for 15 minutes.

11. Carefully remove from the oven and remove the weights.

12. Flip chicken over and roast for 10 minutes more or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 175 to 180 degrees F and the juices run clear.

13. Serve with the lemon wedges and the pan juices.

See more: Poultry, Main, Roast, Chicken, Herbs, Dinner, North American


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