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Grilled buttermilk chicken recipe

Grilled buttermilk chicken recipe

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Grilled chicken is an all-American summer classic that's perfect for a picnic or a scorching hot barbecue. You'll love this grilled buttermilk version as it's gluten-free and nut-free. What's more they're slowly marinated for hours making it super moist and tender. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare, 15 mins to cook, plus 4 hrs to marinate
  • 440 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free


  • 8-12 chicken drumsticks or thighs
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) buttermilk
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 spring onions, minced
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
If you don't have any spring onions, try using white onions or leeks and adjust the amount accordingly

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    20g 29%
  • Saturates

    6g 28%
  • Sugars

    6g 6%
  • Salt

    1.2g 19%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 6.5g Protein 59.2g Fibre 0.6g


  1. Put the chicken pieces in a large bowl or resealable bag. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover or seal and marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but no longer than 24 hours.
  2. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the remaining liquid. Arrange the chicken evenly on a large baking dish, season well, and cook under a hot grill for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through, making sure to turn the pieces at least once during cooking.
  3. If cooking on a barbecue place on the barbecue on a medium/high heat. Cook for 10-12 minutes; turning regularly until they are cooked through. Cut one of the pieces of chicken with a sharp knife to make sure no pink meat remains before serving.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. Always defrost and heat thoroughly before eating. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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