Drive Your Neighbors Nuts Grilled Chicken

by Cate on August 30, 2005

Growing up, I remember loving Coke Floats… a perfect summertime treat combining the cold refreshing taste of soda and the decadent creaminess of ice cream. Happened to stop by my parents’ house today and as I was leaving, I remembered that their McDonalds has Coke Floats. Didn’t need to think twice to make the decision to swing through the drive-thru and get one, and better still, I was alone, so I didn’t have to share. ;) Not sure why all McDonald’s don’t have them (the two near our house, only 15 miles away from this one definitely don’t), and this one doesn’t even advertise that they have them, so it’s a well-kept secret. The order-taker laughed when I requested mine with Diet Coke. What can I say? I hate the syrupy sugary taste and smell of Coke, and I suppose it’s a bit of an oxymoron to ask for a Diet Coke Float, but it certainly hit the spot and was good to the last drop.

No rain today, so The Husband was able to grill tonight — yay! I made the rub for Drive Your Neighbors Nuts Grilled Chicken and had the dish for the first time tonight. You wouldn’t believe how juicy and moist the chicken was! It sat macerating (can it macerate with a rub? I know it can’t marinate) in the fridge overnight, which probably helped even more so. Can’t say any neighbors rushed over because the smell drove them nuts, but we definitely enjoyed it and will keep it in rotation.

All for tonight. A short one, I know, but tune in tomorrow to find out all about MaryJane Butters and why you might want to know about her. Until then, show me some love and talk back to me – I love your comments.

Drive Your Neighbors Nuts Grilled Chicken
Cate’s Note: The rub makes enough for 2 whole chickens. I used it for about 10 chicken thighs instead. I also made a few slight changes to the rub mix.

Cut chickens in quarters, leave the skin on.

Mix together:
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons mild chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon coriander
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1-1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper

Loosen the skin on the chicken pieces, and put a generous amount of the combined spices under the skin, then sprinkle generous all over the chicken, both sides. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hrs, the longer the better. Start up the grill and cook until done. Also good on pork.

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Jennifer August 30, 2005 at 1:50 am

Mary Jane Butters…she’s royalty in my neck of the woods! Can’t wait to hear what yummy news you have to share!


Joe August 30, 2005 at 2:49 am

Never heard McDonalds having coke floats… is that one of them “east coast things?” =P

I would of asked for Diet coke too! I really liked the Diet Pepsi slurpies that 7-11 used to carry but none of them in our area have them anymore. I guess they are too difficult to maintain.

I keep meaning to make that chicken since I see it so often on the boards – but we pretty much only use b/s chicken breasts. Maybe we’ll just have to buy a whole chicken sometime and try it out!


Jeff August 30, 2005 at 2:56 am

No fair! I’ve never heard of McDonald’s carrying coke floats either! I’d go visit The Parents more often. And always alone. Very smart move :)


Anonymous August 30, 2005 at 3:16 pm

Mom was a real Coke Float fan… something The Husband might not remember.

The Sister In-Law


Ruth August 31, 2005 at 11:53 am

I remember A & W root beer floats when I was growing up. mmmmmmh

Love your posts, they’re always delicious and delightful.


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