Grilled chicken thighs recipe – BBC Food

A cheap and easy way to serve chicken grill-style, even when it’s raining. Using more affordable cuts like drumsticks helps keep costs down and any leftovers can be eaten hot or cold as part of a packed lunch the next day. One kilo package contains approximately 9-11 drumsticks. If you think your family will eat more, buy a second pack and freeze the excess—you’ll still be within budget for the week.

This recipe is part of our Budget Meal Plan for 6. In March 2023 this recipe was estimated to cost an average of £5.33 when checking prices in four UK supermarkets. This recipe is designed to be combined with a low-cost pantry.


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  1. Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7.

  2. Put the potatoes in a bowl and toss with the oil, a pinch of salt and plenty of ground black pepper. Arrange the potato slices on a large baking sheet, skin side down. (If the potatoes are placed skin side up, they don’t need to be turned.) Bake for 30-35 minutes.

  3. Line a second baking tray with foil or parchment paper and add the chicken thighs. Season with salt and pepper and place on a rack a few degrees above the potatoes to allow the heat to circulate. Bake for 20 minutes.

  4. While the chicken and potatoes are cooking, cook the sweet corn according to package instructions in the microwave or a small skillet then rinse with cold water through a sieve and drain well. Mix with cabbage salad. Mix the BBQ sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

  5. Take the chicken out of the oven after 20 minutes and brush it with the sauce. Return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked, sticky, and charred in places and the potatoes have turned a pale golden color.

  6. Serve the chicken with wedges and coleslaw. Any remaining sauce can be served on the side.