Chargrilled Paprika Lemon Chicken

paprika chicken
This recipe for butterfly chicken with paprika and lemon ensures the chicken is chargrilled and crispy on the outside, and soft and juicy on the inside. Accompanied by crunchy slaw and fresh lemon, it’s a perfect summer supper or will be a welcome addition to the barbecue spread.
This recipe was sent to Kitchen Geekery by Bill's Restaurants.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 6


  • 195 g garlic mayonnaise
  • 120 ml bill’s dressing (or your favourite salad dressing)
  • 3 small chickens or poussins (boned and butterflied)
  • 3 lemons (halved)
  • handful of baby kale
  • 30 ml cold pressed rapeseed oil
  • bunch of mint
  • bunch of coriander
  • sea salt and pepper (to season)

for the spice mix

  • 240 ml vegetable stock
  • 300 g giant couscous
  • 3 tsp rapeseed oil

for the pink coleslaw

  • 100 g carrots, grated
  • 100 g white cabbage, finely sliced
  • 100 g celeriac, julienne
  • 100 g  pink/red cabbage (finely sliced)
  • 30 g kale leaves
  • parsley (chopped)
  • salt and pepper (to season)



  • Prepare the couscous by bringing the vegetable stock to the boil.
  • Toss the dry couscous with the oil in a large bowl until it coats every grain.
  • Pour the hot stock over the couscous and stir well, cover with clingfilm and allow to sit for 15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.


  • Chargrill the lemon halves on a griddle pan or barbecue for a few minutes and set aside.
  • Rub the oil, salt, pepper and the spice mix into the chickens.
  • Cook for a few minutes either side on the griddle pan or barbeque. Then place in the oven to cook for 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Leave to rest for 5-10 mins before cutting into halves.
  • Remove the clingfilm on the couscous and fluff with a fork.
  • Mix the pink slaw with the mint, coriander and the couscous and add the Bill’s dressing, or alternative salad dressing.
  • Place the chicken on a plate, add the slaw mix and garnish with the kale leaves and grilled lemon.
  • Lastly, spoon on the mayonnaise and serve outside, if the weather allows it!
Although paprika is the symbol of Hungary’s cuisine, the plant was brought to the country by the Turks only in the 16-17th centuries.