Chicken is an extremely underrated barbecue meat. Versatile, tasty and healthy, chicken can be flavoured with thousands of different marinades, sauces and rubs to create countless options for all palettes no matter how discerning or fussy.
Here's a super-easy BBQ recipe from the universally loved Jamie Oliver, which will make your chicken crispy on the outside and juicy in the middle. You can follow the instructions to a T or, for instance, add extra chilli if you like it spicy!
1 dried/fresh chilli (or more if you're feeling adventurous!)
1½ heaped teaspoons smoked paprika
1½ teaspoons Dijon or English mustard
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/16 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
1/16 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 x 5 oz boneless skinless higher-welfare chicken breasts
Get the BBQ nice and hot and, when the coals have turned white, keep it low from the grill
Finely grate the orange zest into a shallow bowl. Add the chilli, paprika, mustard, honey, ketchup and a splash of olive oil. Season with a small pinch each of the salt and pepper and mix well. Spoon out a few tablespoons of the marinade and set it aside.
Add the chicken breasts to the bowl with the remaining marinade. Turn them over in the marinade so they're well coated, cover with plastic wrap and leave to sit for 5 to 10 minutes or until the grill is ready. If you want to make the chicken extra tasty, you can marinade overnight so it's just ready to throw on the BBQ when your guests arrive.
Use tongs to transfer your chicken breasts onto the grill. For chicken breasts about 1 inch thick, cook for about 5 minutes on each side, turning every minute and basting with the remaining marinade as you go, or until golden and cooked through. You can check the chicken is cooked by cutting into a piece with the tongs.
If you enjoyed this recipe, head over to Jamie Oliver's website for more of the same, plus tips, videos, competitions and more.