Lemon Pepper/Jerk Half Chickens

So for Christmas this year, my awesome neighbors (& BBQ soulmates – during the offseason, we LOVE to BBQ) got me the most amazing gift for Christmas- a box of spices from Penzey’s. It came in the most adorable box along with bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and a whole nutmeg for accent.


I had a whole chicken laying around and immediately wanted to give the Lemon Pepper and Jerk Seasoning a try – but what do you do when you want to try 2 of the seasonings, but only have one whole chicken? You cut it in half of course! Don’t have spices from Penzey’s? No problem, any lemon pepper/Jerk seasoning from your local grocery store work just as well too!

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Then, I got down to business and fired up the grill to cook this birdie – details down below

Ingredients Needed:

  • Whole Chicken (5 lbs.)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chicken Rub (optional)
  • Brown Sugar


Kitchen Items Needed:

  • Gas Grill (If you don’t have a gas grill, not to worry! You can make this chicken right in your oven – separate cooking instructions blow).
  • Kitchen Scissors
  • Food thermometer (not mandatory, but highly suggested)


Gas Grill Cooking Directions:

  1. Rub each half of your chicken with the 2 seasoning rubs you prepped
  2. Wrap each half in aluminum foil
  3. A grilling method you’re going to use is called indirect grilling – that’s when you want to cook something low and slow, so you don’t place your meat over a direct flame
  4. I have a gas grill with 3 burners, so I turned the outer 2 on medium, and left the middle burner off – place wrapped half chickens on top of the burner that is off
  5. Let wrapped chicken cook for about 80 minutes at 200 °F
  6. After 80 minutes, open grill, then turn outside burners on high
  7. Remove foil – be careful! There will be a lot of hot juices from the chicken, and place the top outside of the chickens on the outside burners for 1 min 30 seconds to get grill marks
  8. Then turn outside burners back to medium, and place unwrapped chicken back onto the unheated burner
  9. Let cook for an extra 20-25 minutes to brown outside (or until internal chicken temperature is at 165 °F)

Seasonings While Grilling

Oven Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Place half chickens in their own baking pans (I like to use the aluminum disposable ones – you can find them for cheap, and saves you a ton of clean up time), then cover with aluminum foil
  3. Let cook for about 1 ½ hours
  4. Take off aluminum foil cover and drain excess juices,
  5. Let cook uncovered for another 20 minutes, or when the internal temp. of chicken is 165, to let the outside of the chicken get golden brown
  6. Let sit for about 15 minutes

This chicken recipe is amazing for dinner. The great thing about this recipe is that you can use the chicken left overs to do just about anything! From sandwiches and more, you can use the left overs as you like.  My favorite is a chicken wrap with

  • Chicken (from either side)
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced Avocado
  • Sautéed onions (sautéed for 5 minutes in a bit of vegetable oil – add salt, pepper, and a dash of brown sugar for flavor)
  • Your favorite salad dressing/vinaigrette  

Chicken Wrap

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