Grilled Turkish chicken


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time15 mins
  • Makes4 Servings
*PLUS Grilling Time: 35 minutes
Grilled Turkish chicken

Yvonne Duivenvoorden

If you flatten a chicken and weigh it down on the barbecue, it cooks in about half an hour. Our easy rub of five popular spices creates a Middle Eastern flavour.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp cumin

  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp coarse salt

  • 3/4 tsp turmeric

  • 1 1/2 kg roasting chicken


  • Oil grill. Heat barbecue to medium. In a bowl, stir oil with seasonings. Using kitchen scissors or a knife, cut backbone from chicken and discard. Remove excess fat. Place chicken, skin-side up, on a flat surface. Using both hands, press breastbone to flatten, or smash with a heavy frying pan. Rub with spice mix.

  • Place chicken, skin-side up, on grill. Weigh down with a heavy foil-covered pan or brick. Close lid and grill 20 min. Remove pan. Turn chicken. Change foil and weigh down again. Continue cooking, covered, until chicken is firm when pressed or an instant-read thermometer inserted into the breast reaches 170F (77C), 15 to 25 more min. Remove to a cutting board. Let stand 10 min before slicing.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 379, Protein 33g, Carbohydrates 2g, Fat 26g.