Copycat Famous Dave’s Country-Roasted Chicken

I’m a big fan of Famous Dave’s. I didn’t think I would be. I love my local BBQ joints, so I was skeptical of a big national chain, no matter how much I think Dave is a nice guy. Well, I’m not skeptical any more. Everything I’ve ever ordered there has been fantastic and the service has always been friendly. I highly recommend you stop in and get you some ribs (or pulled pork, or brisket, or country-roasted chicken) and don’t pass up on the wonderful sides. They have some of the best sides I’ve ever had at a BBQ joint. And, since I’m also a big fan of my Char-Broil Big Easy, I could not pass up making a copycat version of Famous Dave’s country-roasted chicken.

I took bone-in split chicken breasts, marinated them overnight and then tossed them into a lit Big Easy until done. The result was tender, juicy, and oh so very flavorful. And nothing could be easier to make. I left the skin on the chicken, but you can remove it before marinating and applying the rub if you wish.

Copycat Famous Dave's Country-Roasted ChickenYou can’t go wrong with poultry on the Big Easy. Also try my copycat of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s roasted chicken. And for an even easier, Famous Dave’s copycat, just grab some of the chain’s seasonings and make chicken in no time with no fuss!

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Copycat Famous Dave's Country-Roasted Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You can skip the overnight marinade and just combine the Italian dressing and lemon and marinate for 3 hours just before cooking.
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 13 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the overnight marinade

For the pre-cook marinade

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the spice rub

For the chicken

  • 4 large bone-in chicken breasts

Instructions

For the overnight marinade

  • Place the chicken in a large resealable bag or container.
  • Add the Italian dressing and toss to coat.
  • Refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.

For the pre-cook marinade

  • Three hours before you are ready to cook, add the lemon juice to the marinating chicken and toss to coat.

For the spice rub

  • Combine the ingredients.

For the chicken

  • Fire up your Big Easy. You'll need a Bunk Bed basket (see below) to keep from overcrowding the chicken.
  • Shake any excess marinade from the chicken.
  • Dust with the rub. Use a little or a lot.
  • Place chicken in the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  • Cook until done and golden brown, about 10 minutes per pound.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

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