Sesame Ginger Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Sesame ginger chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy is a mighty fine example of just how easy making good chicken can be. A quick marinade in salad dressing and into the cooker. No mess, no fuss, no baby sitting a grill. In no time you get juicy, tender, super tasty chicken with a hint of sesame and ginger.

I prefer split chicken breasts, but any cut of chicken will do. I tend to prefer bone in pieces, since they will end up being juicier and more flavorful than boneless cuts.
Sesame Ginger Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyI used a bottle of Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger salad dressing as the marinade for the chicken. You can use your favorite brand or flavor of dressing, but steer clear of any that contain sugary things like… sugar. Or honey. Or brown sugar. The Big Easy cooks at a fairly high temperature. Sugary marinades will char and char good in no time. If you do use one that contains sugar, you’ll want to rinse off the chicken before putting it into the cooker. Yes, you’ll loose some flavor (the marinade will still be inside of the chicken), but you won’t run the risk of burning your dish.

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Sesame Ginger Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time5 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a resealable bag or container.
  • Add marinade to taste. Toss to coat.
  • Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Transfer the chicken to the Big Easy basket.
  • Cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound or until it reaches 165 F as checked in several places.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Buttermilk-Marinated Turkey on the Char-Broil Big Easy

“Crazy good” are the first words that came to mind when I first tasted this buttermilk-marinated turkey. Cooked up on the Big Easy it was very, very tender and juicy and absolutely packed with flavor. Delicious. Every bite. I’ve cooked a lot of turkey on my Big Easy and I have to say I’ll probably never do breasts any other way. Sure I may mix up the seasonings I add, but the underlying recipe of marinating the breast for a few hours in buttermilk and lemon will stay the same – they are what make the meat so tender and juicy.
Buttermilk-Marinated Turkey on the Char-Broil Big EasyI cooked a 10 pound breast in almost exactly 100 minutes. It needed a little more time thanks to a cool light breeze. On a perfect day with perfect conditions 10 minutes per pound would’ve been all I would’ve needed.

Does it get any easier than that? I left the lid off my Big Easy for the first 30 minutes then added it to get more color on top. I probably could’ve used an extra 10 minutes with the lid on just to get the color a bit more even but hey, it was fantastic anyway!

The next question is: Can I use the same technique for cooking a whole turkey? I don’t see why not! As long as it’ll fit in a large turkey bag (I used a small one for just the bone-in breast) I suspect that this approach will be perfect for any bird.

Do not marinate for over eight hours. The lemon juice will start to break down the meat. Eight hours max is the rule you want to go by.

Also try my easy large turkey on the Char-Broil Big Easy.

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Buttermilk-Marinated Turkey on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Prep Time8 hrs
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time10 hrs
Servings: 1 turkey breast

Ingredients

  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 6 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 whole bone-in turkey breast 5 to 6 pounds, rinsed
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  • Combine buttermilk, garlic, lemon, rosemary, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Place turkey in a large resealable container or baggie.
  • Pour in the buttermilk mixture. Seal the container and place in refrigerator for 8 hours, turning the breast every hour so that each side gets some time in the marinade.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Remove the turkey breast from the marinade, which you will discard.
  • Pat the breast dry and rub a small amount of olive oil all over the turkey. Transfer to the Big Easy basket
  • Transfer basket to the Big Easy and cook until the breast measures 165 F as tested in several locations. Use 10 minutes per pound as your starting point. My turkey, a 10 pounder, took 110 minutes.
  • Remove the basket from the Big Easy. Let cool slightly before removing the breast to a cutting board. Let rest another 15 minutes before carving.

Raging River Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’ve been using seasonings from Dizzy Pig for years. Everything they make is packed with flavor and is of the highest quality. Dizzy Pig has a wide variety of spice mixes available, like this Raging River seasoning that is absolutely perfect on a chicken roasted in the Char-Broil Big Easy. I made a beer-can version, but you can skip that step and just season the chicken and cook it as-is in the Big Easy. Either way, you get a great maple-infused herby flavor with just a slight spicy kick that is out-of-this-world great.

Raging River Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyRaging River chicken tastes (and looks!) fantastic! The skin is crispy and, well, addicting. Very addicting. Dangerously addicting. So is my rotisserie-style chicken, also made on the Big Easy, which you should also try. It’s amazing how great poultry on the Big Easy is, with just a few store-bought ingredients.

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Raging River Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 chicken
Author: Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  • Lightly brush the chicken with olive oil.
  • Generously sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning.
  • If opting to make beer can chicken open the can and drain (er... drink) about 1/4th of the beer. Add a heaping teaspoon of seasoning to the beer. Insert beer can into the bottom of the chicken.
  • Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 15 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  • Let rest 15 minutes before removing the beer can (if using) and carving.