Picnic Chicken for Memorial Day

Celebrate Memorial Day with a sensational Picnic Chicken recipe that pays homage to the flavors of summer and is perfect for a patriotic feast that honors the spirit of the occasion. Our Spicy BBQ Marinade (Kandoo) makes it easy to prepare this dish. Serve alongside a refreshing pasta salad and your favorite adult beverage for a memorable Memorial Day picnic experience that captures the essence of summer flavors.

picnic chicken


  • 5 lbs chicken, bone-in and skin on
  • 1/2 cup Rupen's spicy marinade
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper


  1. Prepare the Chicken:

    • Rinse the chicken thoroughly and pat it dry with paper towels.
    • Using a sharp knife, gently peel back the skin, exposing the meat underneath.
  2. Season the Chicken:

    • Sprinkle sea salt and black pepper evenly over the exposed chicken meat.
    • Rub the salt and pepper into the chicken, ensuring an even coating.
  3. Apply the Marinade:

    • Generously apply Rupen's spicy marinade over the seasoned chicken, making sure to cover all surfaces.
    • After applying the marinade, carefully place the skin back over the meat.
  4. Secure with Toothpicks:

    • Use toothpicks to secure the skin in place, sealing the flavorful marinade inside.
  5. Marinate in the Refrigerator:

    • Place the prepared chicken in the refrigerator and let it rest for 3-4 hours, allowing the flavors to penetrate the meat.
  6. Preheat the Oven:

    • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  7. Roast the Chicken:

    • Transfer the marinated chicken to a roasting pan.
    • Roast in the preheated oven for 25 minutes at 425°F (220°C).
    • Increase the oven temperature to 500°F (260°C) and continue roasting for an additional 20 minutes or until the chicken skin becomes crisp and golden.
  8. Check for Doneness:

    • Ensure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches a minimum of 165°F (74°C) to guarantee it is fully cooked.
  9. Serve:

    • Remove the toothpicks before serving.
    • Pair the Picnic Chicken with a refreshing pasta salad and your favorite adult beverage for a delightful picnic experience.

Note: Adjust the spice level by modifying the quantity of Rupen's spicy marinade according to your preference. Enjoy your flavorful Picnic Chicken!

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