Mesquite-Roasted Chicken Recipe

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Mesquite-Roasted Chicken
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  1. Make the rub: in a bowl, combine all the rub ingredients; set aside.
  2. Chickens: remove and discard the neck, giblets, and any excess fat from the chickens.
  3. Rinse the chickens, inside and out, under cold water; pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Remove the backbones and cut each chicken in half.
  5. Coat each chicken half thoroughly with the rub, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  6. Make the sauce: in a small bowl, whisk the sauce ingredients together along with 1/2 cup water.
  7. Follow your grill’s instructions for using wood chips; grill the chicken halves skin side up, over Indirect Medium heat until the juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 170° in the breast and 180° in the thickest part of the thigh, about 1 1/4 hours.
  8. Remove from the grill and loosely cover with foil; let rest for about 5 minutes before cutting the halves in two.
  9. Serve warm with the sauce on the side.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 444.06 Kcal (1859 kJ)
Calories from fat 252.79 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28.09g 43%
Cholesterol 102.86mg 34%
Sodium 526.6mg 22%
Potassium 370.41mg 8%
Total Carbs 24.1g 8%
Sugars 6.11g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2.61g 10%
Protein 22.87g 46%
Vitamin C 10.9mg 18%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 2%
Iron 2.8mg 15%
Calcium 53mg 5%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 275.9 Kcal (1155 kJ)
Calories from fat 157.06 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.45g 43%
Cholesterol 63.91mg 34%
Sodium 327.18mg 22%
Potassium 230.14mg 8%
Total Carbs 14.97g 8%
Sugars 3.8g 24%
Dietary Fiber 1.62g 10%
Protein 14.21g 46%
Vitamin C 6.8mg 18%
Iron 1.7mg 15%
Calcium 32.9mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 10.7
  • 12

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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