5 best braai secrets for chicken

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5 best braai secrets for chicken

Take your grilling skills to the next level with these simple tips for getting the best out of your next chicken braai. Let the sizzle commence.

1. Cook it low and slow

Your coals should not be flaming at this point. Pick up a spatchcocked chicken (or do it yourself) – this allows the meat to cook more evenly and it also increases your surface area for that flavourful marinade. It’s also a good idea to cook it in the oven first and then finish it on the braai for 10 minutes or so. This way you can let is crisp up (but not dry out), and get that delicious smokey flavour we love so much.

Best-ever braaied peri-peri chicken

Find the recipe for the best-ever braaied peri-peri chicken here. 

2. Cook it in the oven first

If you’re pressed for time or just want to ensure your chicken is cooked through, make your chicken in the oven first. Then you can finish it off on the braai so the chicken can char and crisp up nicely. This ensures your chicken is succulent and crispy at the same time.


Find the recipe for braaied harissa-and-lemon chicken here. 

3. Marinade it up

Chicken loves a marinade – to make your own, a combination of olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning is really all you need.

Some cuts, like wings, don’t necessarily require a marinade. Simply drizzle them with olive oil, season and braai until golden and cooked through, and serve with a hot sauce for dipping.

If you’re into the idea of making a marinade and would like to try your hand at making your own, here are a few of our favourites:

  • Abi’s last marinade recipe you’ll ever need is beyond easy to throw together and we’re almost convinced you’ll have everything you need in the pantry.
  • Hannah’s smokey BBQ marinade is slightly more exotic but also easy to assemble, plus it will work for meats other than chicken. Ribs, anyone?

4. Put it on a stick

If all you’ve got is breasts, fear not, they make for excellent kebabs. Simply dice them up, brush them with a marinade and stick them on skewers. Need some inspiration?

5. Use a DIY drip tray

To prevent your sauce or marinade from dripping into the fire and smoking like crazy, make a DIY dripping tray by placing an aluminium baking tray between the coals and under the grill, in order to catch the sauce and juices.

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