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Granny’s Secret Fried Chicken using the Vortex

Granny’s Secret Fried Chicken using the Vortex

I keep having to pinch myself when I make ‘fried’ chicken on my charcoal grill using the Vortex. Am I dreaming? I’m really eating deep-fried chicken, right? But it’s not.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 992kcal
Author Mike



For the brine

For the chicken


For the brine

  • Combine all brine ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the salt is dissolved and the honey is melted. Remove from heat and let cool.

For the chicken

  • Place the chicken in a large resealable container. Add the cooled brine. Refrigerate for 3 1/2 hours. Turn the chicken every 30 minutes or so if not fully submerged.
  • Fire up your Vortex. Fill it completely with charcoal.
  • Remove chicken from brine and rinse.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the egg, butter and milk.
  • In a resealable bag, combine the pancake mix, salt and pepper.
  • Working in batches, dip chicken into the egg mixture. Shake off excess then place in the bag. Seal and shake to coat.
  • Transfer chicken to the grill around the Vortex. Close the lid and cook for 30-45 minutes. Turn the lid every 15 minutes. Cook until the chicken reaches 165 F as tested in several places.
  • Lightly brush the chicken with oil and let cook another 5 minutes before removing.


Add a teaspoon or two of paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper to the coating mix for even more deliciousness!


Calories: 992kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 317mg | Sodium: 7650mg | Potassium: 658mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 1335IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 299mg | Iron: 4mg