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To get the crispiest skin, put some pressure on your bird.
This was pretty easy and delicious!
Instead of the seasonings they suggested, I used a blend that I bought from Penzy's, Turkish Seasoning, which I love. And adds color. I omitted the cayenne in the sauce.
Served with rads and sprouts, and cauliflower tots.
Chicken, GEORGIAN-STYLE CHICKEN UNDER A BRICK (TSITSILA TABAKA) – Milk St.
½ TEASPOONS GROUND CORIANDER
½ TEASPOON GRANULATED GARLIC
KOSHER SALT AND GROUND BLACK PEPPER
3¼ - TO 4-POUND WHOLE CHICKEN
1 TABLESPOON GRAPESEED OR OTHER NEUTRAL OIL
2 TABLESPOONS SALTED BUTTER
8 MEDIUM GARLIC CLOVES, PEELED AND CHOPPED
2 CUPS LOW-SODIUM CHICKEN BROTH
⅛ TO ¼ TEASPOON CAYENNE PEPPER
2 TABLESPOONS LEMON JUICE
¼ CUP LIGHTLY PACKED FRESH CILANTRO, CHOPPED
In a small bowl, stir together the coriander, granulated garlic, 1 tablespoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Place the chicken breast down on a cutting board. Using sturdy kitchen shears, cut along both sides of the backbone, end to end. Remove and discard the backbone (or save it to make broth). Spread open the chicken, then turn it breast up. Use the heel of your hand to press down firmly on the thickest part of the breast, until the wishbone snaps. Season all over with the spice mixture, rubbing it into the skin. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes.
Heat the oven to 450°F with a rack in the lowest position. Thoroughly pat the chicken dry with paper towels. In a 12-inch oven-safe skillet over medium-high, heat the oil until just smoking. Place the chicken breast down in the pan. Lay a small sheet of foil over the chicken, then place a second heavy skillet or pot on top. Reduce to medium and cook until the skin is golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes, removing the weight and foil and checking every 4 to 5 minutes to ensure even browning.
Using tongs, carefully transfer the chicken to a large plate, turning it breast up. Pour off and discard the fat in the skillet. Slide the chicken, breast up, back into the pan and place in the oven. Roast until the thickest part of the breast reaches 160°F, 25 to 35 minutes. Carefully transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest while you make the sauce. Set the skillet (the handle will be hot) over medium-high and cook the butter and garlic, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits, then cook until the garlic is soened and the mixture is lightly thickened and reduced to about ¾ cup, 10 to 15 minutes. Using a silicone spatula, mash the garlic until almost smooth and mix it into the sauce. Off heat, stir in the cayenne, lemon juice and cilantro, then transfer to a serving bowl. Carve, then serve with the sauce.