Go Back
+ servings
How to grill a whole chicken over charcoal
Print Recipe
5 from 4 votes

How to Grill a Whole Chicken Over Charcoal

Roasting a chicken over a charcoal grill can be one of the most flavorful ways to enjoy the grilling season!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 31kcal


  • 1 whole Roaster Chicken
  • Seasonings as desired
  • 1 TBSP Oil


  • Butterfly the chicken by cutting out the spine.
  • Place a skewer through from one thigh across to the other to keep the bird flat.
  • Dust with your choice of seasonings. (Salt, fresh pepper, and paprika is a good place to start if you don’t have a seasoning recipe ready)
  • Place charcoal on one side of the grill in a pile and light.
  • Once the charcoal is hot, clean and oil the grate with a brush. (The grate can be oiled by applying oil to a paper towel and brushing on with the grate cleaning brush.)
  • Place the chicken on the grate opposite of the hot coals with the legs facing the heat and proceed to cook skin-side-up until you are within ~30 degrees of the serving temperature.
  • Rotate the chicken 180 degrees if necessary if the legs are cooking too fast.
  • Move the chicken directly over the hot coals and place skin-side-down to allow for the skin to crisp.
  • Continue cooking until the chicken reaches 165 degrees and is safe to eat.
  • Let the chicken rest 10 minute prior to slicing to allow juices to settle.


IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE be sure to check my Smoked Chicken Legs recipe too!


Calories: 31kcal | Fat: 3g