Matt Tebbutt's Smokey Barbecue Chicken

Abi Clewley

BY Abi Clewley

Published: 25 April 2022 Updated: 15 May 2024

Matt Tebbutt's Smokey Barbecue Chicken with Mango and Avocado Salad and Buttermilk Sauce

Channel your inner chef

With the shade of their new awning creating the ideal setting for a relaxed outdoor meal, Matt Tebbutt whips up a meal on the barbecue. Perfect for a lazy lunch in the sun, or a relaxed dinner as the day drifts to an end, Matt’s Barbecue Chicken with Mango and Avocado Salsa and Buttermilk Sauce is a delight. Watch the video to see him in action then read on for the full recipe.


For the chicken

1 chicken, spatchcocked
4 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp hot smoked paprika


For the salsa

1 corn on the cob
A couple of padrón peppers
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 ripe mango, peeled, destoned and finely chopped
1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 avocado, peeled, destoned and finely chopped
1 bunch fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 lime, juice only
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper


For the buttermilk hot sauce

1 tsp chipotle purée
3 tsp white wine vinegar
3 tsp light brown sugar
50g/1¾oz buttermilk
2 tbsp mayonnaise
½ lime, juice only





Mix the olive oil, cumin, garlic powder and paprika, massage into the chicken, cover and place skin side up on the barbecue and cook through, turning half way.

Brush the corn on the cob with oil and add to the barbecue, turning frequently, until chargrilled on all sides, add the padrón peppers on the grill too.

To make the salsa, cut the kernels off the cob, chop the peppers and mix with the remaining salsa ingredients in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

To make the buttermilk hot sauce, mix together the chipotle purée, vinegar and sugar. Add the buttermilk, mayonnaise and a squeeze of lime juice and stir well until combined.

To serve, cut the chicken, scatter over the salsa and serve with the buttermilk hot sauce on the side.

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