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Barbecue chicken with lemon and garlic recipe

Barbecue chicken with lemon and garlic recipe

14 ratings

This fragrant and zesty barbecue chicken will be the star of any barbecue blowout. Crispy skin on the outside and tender on the inside, this easy-to-prepare chicken dish is perfect for those following a gluten, dairy and nut-free diet. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 40 mins to cook
  • 356 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Dairy-free


  • 4 tbsp (60ml) olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, 2 unpeeled and quartered and 1 chopped
  • 2 lemons, 1 thickly sliced, 1 zested and juiced
  • 15g (1/2oz) rosemary, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 8 pieces of chicken on the bone, skin on

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    19g 26%
  • Saturates

    4g 18%
  • Sugars

    0g 0%
  • Salt

    0.4g 7%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 1.4g Protein 45.7g Fibre 0.1g


  1. Mix together the oil, garlic, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, vinegar and chilli in a medium bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Season well to taste. Cover and leave in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  2. When ready to barbecue, cook the chicken on a gas or charcoal grill for 30-40 minutes over a very low heat, turning often, until charred. Cut into a thick chunk and check that it is cooked through, with no pink showing. Add the lemon slices and quartered garlic cloves and chargrill for the last 10 minutes.
  3. Serve the chicken with the grilled lemon slices on a large platter.

Tip: You can partially cook the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes at gas 6, 200˚C, fan 180˚C before grilling to help it along. If using a gas grill, turn off the middle burners and keep the heat low. For a charcoal grill, place a foil-lined tray underneath where the chicken will cook and push the coals around the side.

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If you're barbecuing for lots of people, cook the meat in the oven first then finish it on the barbecue for flavour and to ensure that it is thoroughly cooked. This is particularly important for poultry.

For top tips on protecting you and your family when preparing raw meat and poultry, visit Food Safety in the Home.

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