Cornell Chicken

  • Serves

    serves 4


The egg-based marinade in this barbecued chicken dish from upstate New York keeps the meat juicy and, used as a baste, lends the skin a lustrous caramelized sheen. This recipe first appeared in our Jan/Feb 2014 SAVEUR 100 issue with the article Cornell Chicken.


  • 2 (2 1/2–3-lb.) chickens, halved (backbones discarded)
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Step 1

Place chicken in a bowl. Purée vinegar, oil, seasoning, and egg in a blender until smooth. Pour half the marinade over chicken; toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap; chill 2 hours. Reserve remaining marinade.

Step 2

Heat a charcoal grill or set a gas grill to medium-high. (Alternatively, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.) Remove the chicken from the marinade and, using paper towels, wipe excess marinade from chicken and pat dry. Grill chicken, turning as needed, and using a brush, baste often with reserved marinade, until slightly charred and cooked through, 35–40 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh reads 165°.

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