Southern Cuisine: Holle’s Kickin’ Chicken

Mmm… who doesn’t enjoy grilling? Grilled chicken is a big hit with many outdoor cooking fans, and it’s pretty hard to “mess up” chicken on the grill – unless you overcook it. In that case, you end up with something that somewhat resembles chicken jerky…or chicken shoe leather. So when grilling poultry, the secret is to cook it at the correct heat for the right amount of time. To ensure that your grilled chicken is tasty and moist, you can either microwave it or bake it in the oven before placing it on the grill – especially if you’re cooking large pieces like bone-in breasts. For wings, you can take them straight outside for grilling.

This is a wonderful recipe for grilled spicy chicken that’s called “kickin’ chicken.” For this healthy recipe, you can use breasts, boneless skinless breasts, assorted chicken parts, or wings. The wings would be great to serve at a Super Bowl party or at any get-together!

The first thing you need to do is buy a bottle of cheap white wine – one that’s sweet. Try using one with a citrus taste, like one of the Arbor Mist flavored wines. You can choose a better quality wine to actually drink with the finished dish, but the sweeter wines add a lot more flavor as a marinade.

The real secret to this dish is the seasoning. Sausage spices are available from any butcher shop that makes its own sausages. It’s also sold in some gourmet food shops and online stores. Any sausage seasoning blend will work, so you just need to decide whether you want your chicken to be hot or mild and choose the appropriate blend to suit your taste preference.

Holle’s Kickin’ Chicken

What you’ll need:

2 cups white wine

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

2 teaspoons cayenne

1 bottle Italian salad dressing

Sausage seasoning


Rinse the chicken well and place it in a large container with a lid. Cover the chicken with the wine, the garlic, the peppercorns, and the cayenne. Refrigerate the poultry overnight, turning occasionally to make sure all the pieces get a good dose of the wine.

Remove the chicken from the wine bath. If you’re going to partially cook the chicken, do it now. You can use the microwave instead of the regular oven for this, if you wish.

Place the Italian dressing in a bowl. Dip each chicken piece in the dressing and sprinkle generously with the sausage seasoning. For more flavors, rub the seasoning into the flesh.

Grill over medium coals until the chicken is done. The best way to tell if your chicken is done and safe to eat is to use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature needs to reach 165 degrees. Once the chicken parts reach the correct internal temperature, remove it from the grill immediately and wrap it tightly in foil. Allow it to rest at room temperature for five minutes. The steam will keep your poultry moist. Serve with a tossed salad and grilled corn for a tasty meal!