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Perfect BBQ chicken

To cook in an oven, heat to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cook the legs on a baking tray for 10 minutes, then put the crown in to roast alongside for 50 minutes.

Perfect BBQ chicken

By Adam Bush, Olive Magazine

Learn how to cook a perfectly seasoned and juicy chicken on the barbecue and get the most of your chicken with all the tricks of the trade.


Total Time: 1 hour + marinating + resting
Yield: serves 4


Ingredients

  • Whole chicken 1.5kg

THYME BUTTER

  • Unsalted butter 100g, softened
  • Garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • Thyme a few sprigs, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • Lemon 1, zested and ½ juiced

RUB

  • Sea salt flakes 1 tbsp
  • Soft light brown sugar 1 tsp
  • Black peppercorns crushed to make ¼ tsp
  • Mustard powder 1 tsp
  • Garlic granules ½ tsp
  • Thyme a few sprigs, leaves picked and finely chopped

TO SERVE

  • Corn on the cob
  • Coleslaw
  • Potato salad
  • Green salad


Method

Step 1

Remove the legs from the chicken by cutting down either side of the main body, popping through the thigh joint and cutting round to release the leg and thigh in one piece. Next, use a sharp pair of kitchen scissors to remove the spine by turning the chicken upside down and cutting through the ribs on either side of the spine, leaving the breasts and wings attached to the breast bone.  Ease your hand under the skin on the breasts, being careful not to pierce the skin, so that you have a large pocket.

Step 2

Mix together the soft butter, garlic, thyme and lemon zest and juice with a little seasoning. Push the butter underneath the skin of the breast, so it’s in an even layer.

Step 3

Mix together all of the rub ingredients and sprinkle it over the chicken breasts and legs.

Step 4

Cover and chill for 2-4 hours. Remove from the fridge 1 hour before cooking.

Step 5

Heat the barbecue to medium (around 220C), with either the coals banked up on one side or one side of the gas burners turned off (see right). Put the chicken legs and the chicken crown (with the underside of the breast bone facing down and with the thickest part facing the coals) over the edge of the coals. Be careful, the dripping butter may flare up. Cook for 25-30 minutes with the lid down, checking and turning the pieces regularly until lightly caramelised and cooked through.

Step 6

Now put the chicken breast and legs, skin-side down directly over the coals and cook for 2-3 minutes until the skin is really crisp, moving everything now and again.To cook in an oven, heat to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cook the legs on a baking tray for 10 minutes, then put the crown in to roast alongside for 50 minutes.

Step 7

Rest, covered with foil, for 15 minutes, then squeeze over the juice of the remaining ½ lemon, carve and serve.

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