Buttermilk Marinated Chicken
Buttermilk Marinated Chicken

If you love tender chicken with great flavour and a gentle kick - this is the dish for you. Juicy and delicious - it is a simple meal the whole family will enjoy.


1 whole chicken, cleaned and halved


3 cups (750ml) buttermilk

3 cloves garlic-minced

1 lemon zested or peeled

1 Tbsp of old bay seasoning

2 Tbsp taco sauce or hot sauce

1 Tbsp thyme-chopped

2 Tbsp parsley- chopped 

½ tsp pepper ground


Serves 4

Prep time: 4-12 hours including marinating

Cook time: 45-60 minutes

  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  2. Place chicken halves in a shallow dish and cover with the marinade
  3. Place in fridge for 4-12 hours to marinate
  4. Preheat BBQ to high heat
  5. Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry with paper towel, allow the chicken to come to room temperature (30 minutes)
  6. Coat the chicken evenly with pan spray or olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper
  7. Place on grill skin side down and cook until skin is charred, roughly 4 minutes then quarter turn and grill for another 4 minutes
  8. Turn off half of the grill, flip chicken and place meat side down on the off side of the grill that’s off. continue the cook indirectly for 30-45 minutes until juices run clear or you reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit with a meat thermometer at the deepest part of the thigh not touching the bone.
  9. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes to let the chicken cool and re-absorb the juices.

Suggested sides:

Chipotle corn bread with cinnamon honey butter and potato and green bean salad.

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