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Barbecued Poussin

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This is a barbecued poussin recipe you can make all year round.

barbecued poussin

barbecued poussin with smoked spices

Have you every had every intention of firing up your barbecue just to realise you’ve run out of time?

Such was the case last night. I’d had a long day at work and was really looking forward to firing up my new tandoor oven, eating some amazing smoky food and enjoying the evening with my family.

By the time I got home, it had already gone 7.00pm. My youngest daughter was in her PJs and the thought of waiting an hour and a half for the tandoor to heat up was no longer appealing.

Luckily we also have a much easier gas BBQ so I heated it up and made a few changes to my dinner recipe.

I had already been marinating a few small poussins since Sunday so all the work had been done.

I took the poussin out of the marinade and sprinkled each with some garlic powder, smoked red chilli and a little salt and pepper. The poussin smelled amazing even before they were cooked.

I skewered them to make turning easier and then placed them on the BBQ covered over indirect heat. I did turn them about six times while they cooked but other than that all I had to do was relax.

This barbecued poussin recipe could also be cooked in the oven.

Barbecued Poussin Marinated In A Yogurt Raita With Smoked Spices

Barbecued Poussin Marinated In A Yogurt Raita With Smoked Spices


  • 4 poussin
  • Juice of two limes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups (500ml) plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 green chillies - finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Smoked chilli powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Make about six slits in the poussin with a sharp knife. Squirt the lime juice all over and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix all the raita ingredients together and massage half of the mixture into the birds. The other half can be covered and stored in the fridge to enjoy with the meal later.
  3. Marinate the poussin for at least three hours and up to 48 hours. The longer the better.
  4. When ready to cook, heat up the oven to 200c/400f. As mentioned before, you could of course cook this over indirect heat on a gas or charcoal barbecue.
  5. The cooking time will vary but they poussin should be ready in about 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. If using the smoked spices, dust the finished poussin to taste and serve with the leftover raita and a nice green salad. A bit of chopped coriander will also go very well with this.

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Gillian Kirk

Friday 26th of October 2012

Love the idea of the Poussin and looked at the Besmoke website but there were no details of prices or outlets for these smoked spices etc. Do you now if they do mail order? Keep cooking!! best regards Gillian

Dan Toombs

Sunday 28th of October 2012

Hi Gillian and thank you. There is a link on my site but only just starting to advertise. Here is a link to where the spices can be purchased. I hope you get a chance to try them.

Cheers Dan

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