Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Student Suppers: Skinny Sticky Storecupboard Barbecue Chicken

Barbecue season is upon us, and to celebrate National Barbecue Week this week, I thought I'd share with you another of my family's go to barbecue favourites (I shared our favourite Chicken, Bacon & Honey Mustard Skewers last Summer), our Skinny Sticky Storecupboard Barbecue Chicken, as well as my menu for a super easy Summer barbecue with all the trimmings you can make ahead to share with family and friends.
Skinny Sticky Storcupbard Barbecue Chicken 1
Skinny Sticky Storcupbard Barbecue Chicken 2
The barbecue marinade is actually something I've adapted from a Rosemary Conley diet book I picked up second hand in a charity shop after my grandmother had recommend her recipes to me. I don't believe in that sort of thing usually, but I do like to eat healthy and we actually have so many of her super healthy and low fat, but still totally delicious recipes in our family rotation. Chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts give more flavour, but the recipe has them both skinless and boneless for easy barbecuing and to make them healthier. Don't worry, they're still deliciously moist and juicy. Skinless and boneless thighs tend to cost a little more than the ones with the bone and the skin, so I usually buy the latter and trim off the skin and cut out the bone myself.
Skinny Sticky Storcupbard Barbecue Chicken 3 Skinny Sticky Storcupbard Barbecue Chicken 4
Can I let you into a little secret? I'm still terrible at barbecuing, in spite of trying to learn. Daddy is still the family grill maestro. I am however a whizz at marinating and everything else, so I think that I'll have to keep that as my domain right now! I am planning on having a round two on the beach this Summer to see if I can pull it off. Kathy, Ed and whoever else happens to be around this Summer? Be warned.

  • 6 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Thighs 
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 2 tbsp Soft Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Fennel Seeds
  • Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper 

This dish can easily be halved or doubled depending on how many people you are feeding, I'd recommend 2 thighs per person, maybe 3 each for boys. I've noticed that they eat more! All you need to do is mix all the marinade ingredients together in a big dish (I crush the fennel seeds between my fingertips to release more flavour), season with sea salt and pepper and add the chicken thighs, making sure they are well covered with all the marinade. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours, then barbecue until the chicken is cooked through when you're ready to eat! 
We usually eat this with a mountain of brown rice and our home grown salad leaves, but a killer barbecue combo would be my Purple Cabbage Slaw with Cucumber and Dill, and my Simple Potato Salad. Three dishes, all of which are prepared in advance, and all you have to do is cook the chicken for a totally no fuss meal for family and friends if you're feeding a crowd and you want to relax and enjoy everyones company, instead of having to play hostess. To drink, you can also make up in advance either a big jug of my Classic Sangria, or my Lavender Vodka Lemonade, which you can leave the vodka out of if you are feeding kids.

Have you got any barbecue plans yet for this Summer? I've love to hear for some of your go to recipes for grilling items, side salads and homemade Summer drinks and cocktails. 


  1. Your posts make me hungry, Rachel! Need to try this!

  2. Let me know what you think of it!

    Also if it makes you feel any better, I do try to mitigate this by posting as near to breakfast as possible each day (I'm eating right now!)

  3. Oh, I miss student barbecues (although not trying to feed a crowd on those silly disposable barbecues!). We were actually pretty fancy by third year and used to cook up all sorts of stuff on the barbecue - prawns, halloumi, grilled peaches. I lived with foodies (which was the best) - I think one day we even made Pimms Royale. This is sounding more ridiculous the more I think about it! Well, when your Uni is called Royal Holloway you do have to live up to a certain standard!

  4. Nope, that sounds totally normal to me. You've not met my friends..!

  5. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you try it, you have some awesome looking barbecue situations on your site! x

  6. Oh man, I LOVE sticky barbecue chicken but we live on the fourth floor. Last year we had to sit in a cloud of smoke while the BBQ got going, in case the neighbours thought the flat was on fire. My eyes were streaming by the time we ate. And just the other day, the fire brigade were called as my neighbours barbecued on their balcony. So, no barbecues for me... :(

  7. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that! (but I'm happy to tell you that this can also be cooked inside, under the grill or in a griddle pan! or baked in the original tray, though it won't have the nice charred bits) xx

  8. The fennel seeds must add lots of flavor to the chicken.

  9. Barbeque chicken is my favourite, perfect summer food!

    Maria xxx