It’s such a stereotype in Australia that you have people around for a barbecue and all the girls end up in the kitchen making salads while the boys are in charge of the barbecue. I have slight pyromaniac tendencies so this gender divide kills me – I hate not being around where the fire and the action is. The secret I’ve discovered is to get all the work done early so when your friends arrive you can relax and both males and females can spend their time poking at the barbecue and whatever you’re cooking.
In the spirit of keeping things simple I’ve come up with this recipe for lemon barbecued chicken for barbecue specialists Barbeques Galore. The work (if you can call it that) happens at an early stage when you spatchcock the chicken and prepare the marinade. When it gets to actually cooking the chicken there’s really nothing to do. The marinade should have flavoured the chicken nicely and spatchcocking the chicken means it will cook evenly on the BBQ. This leaves much more time for barbecue poking and prodding by both sexes.
- 4 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons chilli powder
- 2 tablespoons cumin, ground
- 250ml fresh lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 free range chicken
- Ask your butcher to spatchcock your chicken for you. If you want to do it yourself there are some great videos on Youtube.
- Mix the paprika, chilli powder, cumin, lemon juice, garlic and salt in a bowl. Rub chicken with the mixture, place in a dish and marinate for 3 hours.
- Preheat barbecue to a low heat.
- Place chicken onto the barbecue and discard the marinade. Cook over a low heat for about 40 minutes, turning occasionally, until the skin is slightly charred and juices run clear.
This post is sponsored by Barbeques Galore.