Tuscan chicken with cherries

Tuscan chicken with cherries


  1. Take the chicken and place on a chopping board – breast bone upwards.  Using a sharp knife cut through the breast bone and open the chicken, turn over and flatten.
  2. Using a rolling pin or something heavy, bash to flatten out the chicken – this helps to cook the chicken quickly and evenly, and make the chicken tender.
  3. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and place on a preheated, covered (kettle-style) barbecue. Breast side down to start with for about 20 minutes, turn over and cook for a further 20 minutes  or until cooked through and juices are running clear.
  4. Make a dressing by mixing together a good glug of oil and the juice from fresh lemons.  Add mustard, black pepper, garlic and chives.
  5. Check the chicken and turnover – take the rosemary bunch and ‘bash’ the chicken to impart the rosemary oils and flavour.
  6. Place large handfuls of summer leaves onto the serving board, place the cooked chicken on top and generously spoon over the dressing. Finish off by scattering cherries soaked in your favourite liquor alongside tomatoes roasted with garlic & rapeseed oil.
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A tasty alternative to burgers and bangers on a barbecue


Large chicken, about 4kg in weight
Extra virgin rapeseed oil
2-3 lemons
2 teaspoons mustard
Black pepper
2-3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
Small bunch chives, roughly chopped
Bunch fresh rosemary
Summer ‘greens' – mixed salad leaves
Small jar of cherries soaked in Somerset brandy or similar


Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 3-4
Nutrition: n/a