Whole Grilled Chicken with Citrus Butter

Get outside and start up the fire to make this Whole Grilled Chicken with Citrus Butter and Avocado Sauce!
Course dinner, lunch, Main, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 411kcal
Author Chef Billy Parisi


For the Chicken:

  • 1 whole roasting chicken
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3 tablespoon of olive oil

For the Citrus Butter:

  • 1 ½ sticks of softened Land O’ Lakes® unsalted butter
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • zest and juice of 1 lime

For the Avocado Yogurt:

  • ¾ cup of Dannon® plain yogurt
  • 1 avocado seed and peel removed
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • Preheat the grill to medium-high (375° to 425°).
  • Chicken: in a small bowl mix together the chili powder, cumin, salt, oregano and pepper, and take 2 tablespoons of the spice blend and set the rest aside.
  • Add the whole chicken to a large bowl and drizzle on 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the spice blend all over the chicken. Note: Trussing the chicken is optional.
  • Place the chicken breast side down on the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on all sides until the chicken is covered in grill marks.
  • Next transfer the chicken to a cast iron skillet and continue to cook it on the grill with the lid closed and cook for 1 hour.
  • Butter: In a separate medium sized bowl mix together the softened butter and citrus until combined. Baste the chicken on all sides with the butter baste every 10 to 15 minutes or until it’s gone.
  • Avocado Yogurt: In another separate large bowl mash together the yogurt and avocado until smooth and mix in the lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper and keep cool.
  • To Plate: Once the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 4 to 5 minutes before serving. Baste one last time if there is still some butter left and serve it along side the avocado yogurt sauce.


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1260IU | Vitamin C: 6.5mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2.4mg