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A glazed, jointed chicken on a platter with a bowl of slaw

Buffalo chicken

Published: February 17, 2022 at 4:42 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + marinating
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Vinegary hot sauce is the secret to great buffalo chicken – it's traditionally paired with celery and blue cheese sauce, which we've incorporated into a cooling, creamy slaw here


Make this buffalo chicken, then check out our chilli chicken, Bajan chicken and more exciting chicken recipes.


  • 1.2kg whole chicken


  • 4 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ground to make ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika


  • 50g butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • (we used Frank's RedHot) 148ml cayenne-based hot sauce


  • 75g hard blue cheese
  • 100g soured cream
  • 50g mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • a squeeze of juice lemon
  • 4-6 sticks celery
  • 1 green pepper, finely sliced
  • ½ red onion, finely sliced
  • ½ a small bunch chives, finely chopped


  • STEP 1

    Using a pair of kitchen scissors, flip the chicken over so it’s breast-side down and cut along either side of the backbone to remove it. Turn the chicken over so it’s skin-side up and open it out. Press on both sides with the palm of your hand to flatten.

  • STEP 2

    Whisk together the marinade ingredients, then massage into both sides of the chicken. Put, skin-side down, in a non-reactive dish, cover and chill for 1 hour while you light the barbecue (don’t marinate any longer than 2 hours or the vinegar could over-tenderise the meat). Heat the barbecue for 40 minutes-1 hour before cooking to allow the large flames to die down and coals to turn ashen – this will prevent flare-ups and allow you to control the heat, rather than burning the food.

  • STEP 3

    Remove the chicken from the marinade and transfer to the barbecue. Cook, skin-side down, in the centre of the barbecue over a medium heat for 10 minutes until golden and crisp, then flip using a large pair of tongs and transfer to the indirect heat on the side of the grill. Cover with the barbecue’s lid or a scrunched-up piece of foil and cook for 40-50 minutes or until the juices run clear or the centre of the chicken reads 70C on a meat thermometer.

  • STEP 4

    Meanwhile, make the slaw. Crumble the blue cheese into a large bowl, breaking up any large chunks with a fork. Stir in the soured cream, mayo and mustard. Season and add a squeeze of lemon juice. If you prefer a creamier slaw, blitz until smooth using a hand blender. Fold in the celery, pepper and onion. Scatter with the chives and chill until needed.

  • STEP 5

    Heat the buffalo sauce ingredients in a small pan on the hob or barbecue until smooth and shiny. Remove the chicken to a platter or plate and generously brush with the buffalo sauce. Rest for 10 minutes before serving with any remaining buffalo sauce and the blue cheese slaw.

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