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Cheerful Chicken

So versatile, so simple, so tasty.  So, enjoy these fresh foodie thoughts and share something tasty for tea. Cheered up with BBQ Sauces; spatchcocked for quick, even roasting; skewered for grilling; and deliciously more.


Spatchcock Chuck

Spatcocking helps the chicken cook more evenly and faster, making it ideal for grilling on the BBQ or on a tray of vegetables and fruits in the oven. To spatchcock the bird, turn it breast side down, cut down one side of the parsons nose and backbone and again on the other side removing the bone. Flip it over and lean on the centre of the breast until you hear a crack.

Rub the spatchcocked chicken with generous dollops of Stokes Original BBQ Sauce (Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce if you like a good chilli kick, or Sweet & Sticky BBQ Sauce if that’s your fancy).

[TIP: Try mixing the BBQ Sauce with the juice of 2 limes and an inch or so of grated ginger for a simple, zesty marinade.]

Rummage through the fridge and fruit bowl, layering a roasting tray with peppers, orange, lemon, olives with a little water (to keep the chicken moist). Pop the bird on top and the tray into a very hot oven. Reduce the temperature to 200C / Gas Mark 6 and roast for 35–40 minutes until cooked through and the juices run clear.

Alternatively, cook the chicken on a barbecue, turning regularly until cooked through – tear and share.

Beer-Marinated Drumsticks


This is a flavour-filled Mexican-style marinade that makes your drumsticks stand up and be counted.

Make the marinade with a bottle of San Miguel beer (or similar), the zest and juice of 1 lime, 2 tbsp of olive oil and 4 tbsp of Stokes Chipotle Ketchup.

The smoky chipotle chilli kick is subdued by the beer and refreshed with the lime.

Put this and the drumsticks in a sealable plastic bag, covering the meat well and (ideally) leave them in the fridge overnight.

Grilled indoors or out, they’re a winner.

Simple Souvlaki


Served with a Greek Salad and a bowl of chilled plain Greek yogurt with a teaspoon of Stokes Mint Sauce stirred into it, this makes a wonderful lunch or tasty light supper.

Cut skinless chicken breasts into cubes and put them in a sealable bag with 4 tbsp of olive oil, 2 tsp of Stokes Cider & Horseradish Mustard, 1 tsp of Stokes Mint Sauce, a good glug of Original BBQ Sauce the juice of 1 lemon and 2 grated cloves of garlic.

Make sure the chicken cubes are well coated and pop the bag in the fridge for as long as you can.

Thread the cubes on pre-soaked skewers and grill until browned and with clear running juices. Squeeze more lemon juice on the chicken before serving.

Stokes BBQ Sauces - Sunshine in Lockdown


Stokes Original BBQ Sauce is thick and smoky with natural blossom honey and a molasses-style sweetness that can be used as an accompaniment, a marinade or a dipping sauce. Now available in a squeezy bottle.

Stokes Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce is just that. To balance the heat of the chillis, it has even more molasses and honey to sweeten the initial smoky BBQ flavours, letting the spicy heat develop as an after flavour.

Stokes Sweet & Sticky BBQ Sauce is another flavoursome variation, deeply sweet with a sensational kick of British horseradish and Worcestershire sauce to balance the sticky maple syrup.

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