Rating: 4.67 stars
66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 53
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1

This famous grilled chicken recipe was created by Dr. Robert C. Baker at New York's Cornell University. They say Dr. Baker was simply trying to invent an easy and delicious way to grill smaller, younger chickens, so that the local chicken farms could sell more birds. The doc's tasty recipe ended up being such a success that sales in the area soared, and the recipe became a statewide favorite.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
47 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 52 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the cider vinegar, oil, egg, salt, poultry seasoning, and black pepper in a blender. Cover, and puree until smooth.

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  • Pour blended mixture into a resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken halves, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (up to overnight).

  • Remove chicken halves from bag and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken dry with more paper towels. Reserve marinade mixture.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  • Grill chicken, skin-side down, on the preheated grill for 2 minutes. Turn each piece, brush with marinade mixture, and move to indirect heat.

  • Grill, brushing with glaze and turning often, until well-browned and meat is no longer pink in the center, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

633 calories; protein 32.5g; carbohydrates 1.3g; fat 53.5g; cholesterol 126.9mg; sodium 3588.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (56)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2012
Wonderful. Except, instead of reserving the used/contaminated marinade to periodically baste with, reserve about 3/4 cup prior to marinating the chicken. Now you have a nice fresh uncontaminated sauce to baste with. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/20/2013
The chicken was very moist. It just didn't have enough "punch" for me. I really wanted to like this!! Read More
(6)
66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 53
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2012
Wonderful. Except, instead of reserving the used/contaminated marinade to periodically baste with, reserve about 3/4 cup prior to marinating the chicken. Now you have a nice fresh uncontaminated sauce to baste with. Read More
(63)
Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2012
Of all the chicken in the world, fixed in any way, this is my FAVORITE! Really, I would take Cornell chicken over any other, it's that good. We have been using this recipe for years and it does not disappoint. Although I grill out year-round, this recipe is the epitome of delicious summer grilling. Pair it up with some zuchini and peppers grilled with olive oil and you have the best summer grilled meal ever! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2012
Used on butterflied cornish hens...marinated 3 hours...grilled...tender...juicy...delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2012
I let it marinate for about 5 hours and it turned out really nice. Had really good flavor and got great color on the grill. Will make this one again for sure.. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2012
Delicious! I marinated the chickens overnight and grilled them gas grill and on a smoker. Delicious both ways! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2013
I substituted the vegetable oil with olive oil. And added quality apple cider vinegar needless to say this recipe is AWESOME!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/20/2013
The chicken was very moist. It just didn't have enough "punch" for me. I really wanted to like this!! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2012
perfect! moist delicious grilled chicken. enough said. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2012
I have eaten this Chicken since I was a girl. It is good an all cuts fo chicken and you can even marinate with it. I LOVE this chicken. Read More
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