The Rockpool Files

Neil Perry’s top 10 tips on what to do with a BBQ chicken


A BBQ chicken is a summer picnic staple. While delicious in its own right, it is a versatile ingredient and there is a world of opportunity to experiment with this juicy Aussie classic. Rockpool Dining Group Culinary Director Neil Perry shares his top 10 tips on what to do with a BBQ chook.

  1. BBQ chickens make great filling for sandwiches. Spread some Kewpie mayo on slices of crusty sourdough and add diced celery and crushed, roasted walnuts for texture and crunch.
  2. The tender meat is fantastic pulled off the bone, shredded into a salad with mixed lettuce, anchovies, parmesan and lemon and olive oil dressing.
  3. They are easy to use in a pasta dish. Remove flesh from the bone, add steamed, frozen peas, herbs, some lemon juice, olive oil and grated parmesan. Use a short pasta like orecchiette or penne.
  4. BBQ chickens are great for making a red curry. Fold a few handfuls of stripped chicken over heat with your favourite sauce, add boiled potatoes or sweet potatoes and serve with rice.
  5. Create a flavoursome stir-fry by adding chicken to stir-fried noodles. For a mild sauce, add mirin, soy and saké with some fried ginger and garlic. For something spicy, add gochujang paste to the mild sauce and mix to incorporate. This gives the chicken a great Korean flavour.
  6. I also like BBQ chicken as additional protein in a simple salad. Sprinkle lots of Togarashi over for spice.
  7. Create a build-your-own lunch station. In the middle of a table place off-the-bone chicken pieces on a small platter, a bowl of yogurt seasoned with lemon juice, salt and pepper, a tomato and cucumber salad, and iceberg lettuce dressed with olive oil and lemon. Heat flat bread and voila!
  8. Shred the chicken and use as a meaty taco filling, with some accompaniments such as diced tomato and onion, shredded cabbage and spicy Mexican salsa.
  9. BBQ chickens are perfect for sharing. Keep as a whole and serve in the middle of a table with sides, salads and condiments for a lovely family or friend meal.
  10. Always leave the skin on. It’s juicy, flavourful and ultimately the best part.