As much as I love sticky, sweet barbecued chicken, there're only so many times you can eat it during the Summer. That's why I recently looked for an alternative to barbecue sauce and decided to give this buttermilk-marinated grilled chicken a chance.
The buttermilk, which is seasoned with lots of garlic cloves and fresh rosemary sprigs, tenderizes the chicken. The key to making this chicken succulent and moist is to take care and not overcook it.
Although the recipe calls for a whole chicken, I had skinless breasts in the freezer, so I used those instead. However, when I make this savory and scrumptious chicken again, I'll be using skin-on pieces because I think it will enhance the overall flavor of the dish. It's a great seasonal entree, so learn how to make it now.
4 cups buttermilk Serves 12. *When each chicken breast was half-way cooked, I made a small slit in the side of the breast. Then I stuffed the hole with a couple of garlic cloves.
15 garlic cloves
1 cup fresh rosemary or thyme
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
3 whole chickens (about 3 pounds each), cut into 8 pieces each (then halve breasts on the diagonal)
Safflower oil, for brushing
4 cups buttermilk
*When each chicken breast was half-way cooked, I made a small slit in the side of the breast. Then I stuffed the hole with a couple of garlic cloves.