Brick-pressed barbecued chicken

Brick-pressed barbecued chicken

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • ±1.4kg whole chicken
  • Fresh coriander sprigs, to serve
  • Lemon wedges, to serve

For the marinade:

  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 coriander roots, scraped, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 small fresh red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil



  1. For the marinade, place caraway and cumin in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook, shaking the pan, for 3 minutes or until aromatic.
  2. Transfer to a mortar. Add paprika. Season. Pound with a pestle until coarsely ground.
  3. Add coriander, garlic, chilli and zest. Pound until a coarse paste forms. Stir in honey and oil. Set aside.
  4. Place chicken, breast-side down, on a work surface. Use kitchen scissors to cut along either side of backbone and discard. Turn over and push down to flatten.
  5. Remove wing tips. Transfer to a ceramic dish. Add marinade. Turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in fridge for 2 hours.
  6. Wrap 2 bricks in 2 layers of foil. Remove chicken from fridge. Set aside for 1 hour.
  7. Place chicken on hot barbecue grill, reserving marinade, skin-side down on flat plate. Top with bricks (covered with foil). Cook for 5-10 minutes or until just brown. Turn. Top with bricks.
  8. Cook, turning and basting with marinade twice, for 20 minutes.
  9. Cook for a further 15 minutes or until cooked through. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  10. Cut into quarters.
  11. Serve with coriander and lemon wedges.
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