Spiced smoky barbecued chicken

Spiced smoky barbecued chicken

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Takes 35-45 minutes


Serves 6
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Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal628
  • fat48g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein47g
  • salt0.58g
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  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled finely
  • grated zest and juice of 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 2 tbsp Kashmiri spice mix, or good-quality curry powder
  • 1 dried bird's-eye chilli, seeded and crushed, or a pinch of chilli flakes



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 12 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
  • 2 large bunches each rosemary and thyme



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 2 branches fresh bay leaves


  1. Make the marinade. Smash the garlic with a little salt using a pestle and mortar. Add the lemon zest and juice, the spice mix, chilli, oil and a good grinding of black pepper. Mix to a paste. This can be done in a mini food processor.

  2. Toss the chicken in the marinade and set aside while you light the barbecue. When the barbecue’s hot, lay the bunches of herbs on the grid and put the chicken, skin side up, on top. Close the lid, if your barbecue has one, and cook the chicken on the smouldering herbs for about 10 minutes until the meat starts to colour. Turn the chicken and continue to cook for a further 20-30 minutes, turning as necessary, until it is slightly charred from the burnt herbs and cooked through to the bone.

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10th Sep, 2015
Ohhh my fav aussie dish!!! thanks again for sharing this!! Missed this for Australia day but not gonaa miss this this time , bloodyoath!! this blog seems to be perfect for guys like who wants to cook for mates with out much experience!! i have choosen my self to cook and a baribie for my workmates at www.youpack.com.au I think they are in for a treat this christmas day out at work!! Cheers again mate!!
17th May, 2011
had a bbq this weekend and we prepared the chicken this way. it was delicious and full of flavour! thanks
17th May, 2010
Delicious seasoning! Friends really liked it and would definitely use this recipe again!
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