How to Grill Chicken Under a Brick

Grilled Chicken Under a Brick

Grilling is one of summer’s true pleasures. In my house that usually means I have the night off from cooking. It also means there are less dishes. While that may not seem super important, to someone that can’t stand doing dishes (you’re looking at her) it’s a big thing. When someone is grilling in the neighborhood you know it. The smells waft up and down the streets and make those that aren’t grilling wish they were (well unless they’re burning something and well that’s another story all together.)

I can remember the first time I saw my Italian neighbors making Pollo al Mattone. I thought it odd they had bricks covered with aluminum foil sitting a top a whole chicken grilling away. I’d seen odder things so I just straightened my cocked head and went back to what we were doing. When I say brick, it’s not code for anything. It’s literally a brick (those two above I found in my yard who knows how long they’ve been there or where they came from I was just thankful I didn’t have to run to the DIY store to get some).

You start off with a whole chicken, which you’ll break out your kitchen shears and sharp knife and promptly butterfly. Then you’ll smear a nice garlic laden marinade on it and let it sit for a bit (in the fridge of course because we don’t want anyone getting sick now do we? No!) Then you’ll fire up the grill, plop the chicken on it and smack the brick on top.

Pop open a bottle of wine and start singing Volare while you wait… Or is that just me?

Either way, make this and soon.


How to Grill Chicken Under a Brick

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  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/2 onion - minced
  • 1 lemon - juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 5-6 sprigs fresh rosemary - minced
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 - 3 pound whole chicken - butterflied


  1. Into a medium bowl add: garlic, onion, lemon juice, olive oil, and rosemary. Season with salt/pepper. Whisk to combine.
  2. Place chicken onto a rimmed baking sheet. Rub marinade on both sides of chicken until it's completely coated. Place chicken in a gallon zip top bag. Transfer to refrigerator for minimum of 1 hour.
  3. Preheat grill to medium. Wrap 2 bricks in aluminum foil. Set aside.
  4. Remove chicken from refrigerator and blot off excess oil. Place chicken onto grill, skin-side down. Place bricks on top of chicken.
  5. Grill the chicken for approximately 10 minutes. Turn over. Close grill cover and continue cooking for additional 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes prior to serving/slicing.


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  1. 1

    That is such a great looking chicken! I will have to try this method, it looks so easy!

  2. 2

    I totally can’t wait to try this!!!! Looks like so much fun…and SO tasty!

  3. 3

    I love making chicken this way. It’s equally delish baked as well! Great photos Paula.


  4. 4

    I’ve never heard of grilled chicken under a brick before. Thanks for the how to!

  5. 5

    I love this technique–and what fantastic photos!

  6. 6

    I have never dine this before but will have to try it soon. I love the grilling smells in the neighborhood. I bet your house always smells wonderful!

  7. 7

    I wanna do it!!

  8. 8

    Never done it, always wanted to – now I will! Your recipe seems streamlined from others I have seen…

  9. 9

    Paula, you’re speaking to my heart… grilling, less dishes, a rosemary-infused marinade… I even have a couple of spare bricks! 🙂 Smiling over your reference to “Volare'” — the first car I ever owned was a Volare’ stationwagon, ha! (And I sang Volare in it every time I came home from grocery shopping!)

  10. 10

    I have never done the brick method before but you’re making me see the light with it. Your chicken looks gorgeous!

  11. 11

    My guy will *love* this. Me, maybe I can try it with tofu? 🙂 You never know!

  12. 12

    I’ve always wanted to try chicken under a brick! And now that Ben will be getting a fancy new grill – guess I better get prepped to its inaugural grilling!

  13. 13

    I need to dig some bricks up! (And get a better grill.. I am not in love with my grill right now.)

  14. 14

    I’m headed to the yard as I know we have a stack of bricks out there. Looks incredible. When I cook it I will post on BeBetsy and send a link back with a credit to you.

    thanks for a great idea.

    Best wishes,
    The BeBetsy gang


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