BBQ Buffalo chicken Recipe with Salad and Ranch Dressing

BBQ buffalo chicken thighs with wedged ranch salad

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Check out this epic bbq chicken thigh recipe with punchy buffalo sauce, fresh and crunchy iceberg lettuce and creamy ranch dressing. This easy recipe is perfect for a summertime bbq with friends and ready in under an hour



  • sea salt flakes 1 tbsp
  • soft light brown sugar 1 tbsp
  • smoked paprika 1 tsp
  • garlic granules 1 tsp
  • dried oregano 1 tsp
  • whole chicken thighs 12
  • unsalted butter 150g
  • garlic 4 cloves, finely chopped
  • Tabasco sauce 125ml
  • gherkins/pickles to serve


  • mayonnaise 100g
  • soured cream 100g
  • white wine vinegar 3 tbsp
  • garlic granules 1 tsp
  • Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp
  • dill a handful, finely chopped
  • flat-leaf parsley a handful, chopped
  • iceberg lettuce 1
  • hazelnuts a handful, toasted and roughly chopped


  • Step 1

    Mix together the salt, sugar, paprika, garlic granules and oregano, put the chicken thighs into a baking dish, sprinkle over the salt-and-spice mix and rub into the chicken really well. Leave to marinate for 1-4 hours.

  • Step 2

    Heat a BBQ to medium-high with the coals banked up one side, or with one of the gas burners on high with the others off (see notes below). Put the chicken thighs, skin- side down, over the coals for 5-10 minutes or until golden and charred, then move to the indirect heat side and cook for another 35-40 minutes with a lid on, turning and moving every 5 minutes until cooked through.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, whisk the mayo, soured cream, white wine vinegar, garlic granules, Worcestershire sauce, herbs and some seasoning in a bowl, then chill. Wedge the lettuce and chill.

  • Step 4

    Melt the butter in a small pan, fry the chopped garlic gently for 3-4 minutes or until it smells fragrant, then tip in the Tabasco sauce. Pour out into a large bowl. When the chicken is cooked, tip into the buffalo sauce and toss really well. Serve immediately with the wedged lettuce smothered in ranch dressing and sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts, and pickles on the side.

To oven cook the chicken thighs, heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Put the thighs into an oven tray, skin-side up, drizzle lightly with oil and roast for 45 minutes until charred and cooked through. Remove and toss with the buffalo sauce, as above.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 598
  • Fat 52.7g
  • Saturates 20g
  • Carbs 7.1g
  • Sugars 6.3g
  • Fibre 1.6g
  • Protein 23.2g
  • Salt 3.2g