Braai Chicken

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Serves 4-5

The word Braai is Afrikaans for 'barbecue' or 'grill' and can also be used to refer to the act of barbecuing/grilling. It is a common term and custom in South Africa as well as some other countries in the southern parts of Africa. This yummilicious charcoal-grilled chicken recipe is perfect for those casual outdoor 'braais' where everyone gets together over a lovely barbecue meal.

chicken, cut into 8 pieces
(I use without skin, but you can leave the skin on if you like)
2 tsp
1 tsp
freshly cracked black pepper
1 tsp
paprika powder
1 tsp
cumin powder
1 tsp
coriander powder
1 tsp
brown sugar
1 tsp
chilli powder
2 tsp
2 tsp
garlic paste
2 tsp
ginger paste
1/4 cup
olive oil
small onion, chopped
4 tbsp
chopped fresh parsley or coriander
whole red chillies
2 tbsp
red/brown vinegar
juice of 2 limes
(or 1 lemon)

To get the maximum moistness and succulence in your chicken and to infuse flavour into the meat, take a container big enough to hold the chicken pieces. Add 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar, half cup of white vinegar, juice of 1 lemon, throw in some roughly chopped fresh herbs like corander or parsley. Then add COLD water and swirl/mix everything together. Now add in your cleaned chicken pieces, they should be completely immersed in the water. Cover the container and refrigerate it for 1-4 hours. Then drain out the liquid, rinse out the chicken quarters properly to get rid of any excess salt and proceed with the marinating.

Clean the chicken and make a couple of shallow slits on each piece. Put all the remaining ingredients in a blender or processor and blend until smooth. Pour this marinade onto the chicken and massage it on each piece, making sure it gets into all the slits. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or, even better, overnight.

Remove the chicken from the fridge half an hour before you need to grill it to allow it to come to room temperature. Fire up your BBQ grill and cook the chicken over MEDIUM heat, making sure to turn the pieces regularly so that the chicken is evenly cooked. This should take about half an hour or so (pieces like the drumsticks and thighs will take longer than breast and wings). You can check to make sure the chicken is cooked by cutting a piece open, the meat should be white and tender and the juices should run clear.

Once done, cover loosely and allow the chicken to rest for about 10 minutes before serving. You can add about half a cup of water to the leftover marinade and cook it down into a thick sauce to serve with the braai chicken, along with some salad and whatever other accompaniments that you may like with your grilled chicken.




Since I don't have a barbq grill can I make this on the stove top? If so, what is the procedure?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can, just cook them as you would chicken tikka or tandoori chicken. If you plan on baking in the oven, make sure the oven is preheated. On stove top keep the heat low and cook in a pan with a small drizzle of oil, turning often and covering the pan in between until they are cooked through.

I made this tonight for dinner. It was absolutely delicious. And very different from your traditional Tikka/Tandoori Chicken. My husband loved it as well :) 10/10 from me sis. Jazakillahu Khairan :)

hi fauzia what do mean by red/brown vinegar in the ingrdient list
apple cider vinegar , balsamic or red wine vinegar . pls specify
thank you

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, I use a brand of acetic acid distilled vinegar, it comes in a white/clear and a brownish colour. You can use whichever vinegar you are used to for your cooking.

Can we use normal sugar instead of brown?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes that is fine.

Anie Musarrat's picture

Assalamoalaikum Fauzia.
I would like to know that how can I store leftover pizza dough.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, am normally not a fan of storing dough for long, but if you MUST store it then wrap it up well and freeze. Otherwise just make a half-baked pizza base, wrap it up and freeze that so that you only have to add the toppings and bake when you next need pizza.

Hello :) This looks fantastic. I am just wondering if this could be made using chicken wings? I'm thinking yes.. Many thanks

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hello! Yes that is totally fine! :)

Can I freeze this marinade and use as required?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can.

This recipe is a complete hit!! Chicken turns out phenomenal! !