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How To Cook BBQ Spice Rubbed Chicken Breast, Burnt Leeks and Watercress

How To Cook BBQ Spice Rubbed Chicken Breast, Burnt Leeks and Watercress

By Jeff Baker

"Having begun his career in a professional kitchen in 1983, Jeff Baker has since cooked for the Queen, and worked alongside some of the world’s top chefs, such..."


  1. Remove your chicken out of the packaging, sprinkle with F&Co BBQ spice rub (in the same way you would use salt & pepper), then leave to marinade for up to 2 hours.
  2. Prepare a BBQ for both direct and indirect cooking.
  3. Place the chicken skin side down onto the direct grill and cook for a few minutes until the skin starts to pop and blister. Once this happens, turn them over, grilling the reverse side until nicely charred then transfer to the indirect cooking zone and cook for a further 12 to 15 minutes. Pressing the chicken with your thumb, it should be firm to touch and have a core temperature of 70°C before resting.
  4. For the leeks, burn on direct heat until the inner leek is soft and tender with the outer charred and smoky. Transfer to the indirect zone if getting too burnt.
  5. Alternatively, follow same method using a griddle pan and finish in a preheated oven set to 180°C fan assisted / 200°C without fan (gas 6).
  6. Leave to rest in a warm place for 5 minutes before carving into thin slices.

Serving suggestion:

  • Fresh peppery watercress salad, slices of leek and finish with a drizzle of rapeseed oil and a squeeze of lemon.


  • The Ingredients
  • • 2 x Free range skin on chicken breasts (or you can use skinless breasts)
  • • F&Co BBQ spice rub
  • • 2 medium size leeks washed
  • • Bowl of watercress
  • • Sea salt
  • • Unwaxed lemon to squeeze

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