Try this BBQ chicken, then check out our ultimate BBQ sauce and our BBQ side dishes.
olive’s cookery writer Adam says…”Anyone can chuck some chicken thighs and drumsticks on the BBQ and get reasonable results – but here’s how to cook the whole chicken perfectly, from juicy breast meat to super-crispy skin.”
How to make the best BBQ chicken
How long do you need to cook chicken on the BBQ?
Chicken has two types of meat – white and dark – which need different cooking times to get them right. dark meat has more flavour but takes longer to cook, while white will quickly become dry if overcooked.
Why should you rest BBQ chicken before serving?
After the ferocious heat of the BBQ, resting the chicken helps redistribute the juices inside the flesh. Factor in at least 15 minutes before serving.
How do you make crispy BBQ chicken?
Covering the meat in a flavoured salt prior to cooking draws out moisture, making crispier skin, plus the salt and aromatics permeating the meat means perfectly seasoned chicken. Putting butter under the skin will trap it against the meat and baste it during cooking – this helps to keep the meat juicy
Why should you cook BBQ chicken on the bone?
Bones conduct the heat and then push it through the bird – they also stop the meat drying out. The breast lacks fat so cooking it with the underside of the breastbone facing the coals cooks the meat slowly and evenly. Then, just flip over to crisp the skin.
BBQ chicken recipe