• Serves 8
  • Makes 24
  • 2 hours
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 8 Ingredients
  • Love
May 15, 2020


Charcoal Chicken Fire Pit Style is here to rock your world!  You will never visit another Charcoal Chicken store again.

If you’ve ever wondered why a Charcoal Chicken tastes so good, here’s why.  The key is in the name.  CHARCOAL chicken.  That’s right chicken cooked over charcoal is always going to win out in the smoky flavour stakes.  Especially compared to an oven roasted chicken.

So we all pop down to the Charcoal Chicken shop and spend a fortune each time we want the taste. Before we developed this recipe, a trip to the Charcoal Chicken shop would set us back close to $50.  And that was just for 2 whole chickens.

Make the most of your Fire Pit!

As the cooler weather arrives, we all start staying home a lot more.  And if you’re anything like millions of Aussies, you’ve got a firepit in the back garden.  The kids might toast marshmallows while you sip your wine, but when it comes to food, that’s about it.

Why not make the most of your fire pit and make it into the perfect spot to whip up a batch of charcoal chicken.

All you need is a wire cooking rack with a handle. Camping stores are a good place to look.  Or there is the Maverick flexible basket on Amazon AU. This nifty gadget allows you to grill and flip your food with ease. It’s designed with a flexible basket which bends and moulds around food, keeping food firmly in place while cooking. The wooden handle also allows for easy flipping.

Taking your Charcoal Chicken Next Level.

We’ve given you a beautifully basic Charcoal Chicken recipe here.  It will suit the entire family because it’s full of flavour but no heat.

If you want to go next level without spice, double down on some of the base ingredients like the herbs and spices.

If you do love a really spicy Charcoal Chicken, get your hands on a Peri Peri sauce or a Peri Peri rub from the supermarket.  Any of these will add some heat and depending on what you choose it could be a whole lot of heat.

Is this the best Charcoal Chicken Recipe ever?

Once you’ve tried this recipe, we’d love to hear your thoughts.  Did it live up to your expectations? How did it compare to other recipes you’ve tried?

If you really enjoyed this recipe, hit the L❤VE button up top just under the recipe photo.  The more L❤VES, the more others will know it’s a recipe worth trying.

Ingredients (serves 8 | makes 24 Pieces)

  • 24 Chicken pieces (skin on, bone in if possible)
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Fresh Herbs (oregano, thyme, sage)
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Mixed Pepper (red, black and white)
  • 1 large Lemon (zest the skin and squeeze the juice)
  • 6 Garlic Cloves (peeled and crushed)


  1. Make a marinade paste by combining all the ingredients except the chicken. Ideally grind them all together in a mortar and pestle to make a paste or blitz in the food processor.
  2. Place the chicken pieces in a large container with a lid that seals well and then pour the marinade over the chicken. Using your hands (pop on some gloves if you don't like handling chicken) massage the marinade into each chicken piece. Refrigerate for at least an hour (best overnight).
  3. Get your fire pit pumping so that you end up with lots and lots of beautiful COALS. You do not want to try and cook your chicken while the flames are leaping because you will burn the outside and inside will be raw. You want a slow and steady heat. Our tip to perfect flavour is a combination of wood and beads. Even better if you have cedar chips or some other smoking wood (look at your BBQ store or Bunnings) to throw on just before you start cooking the chicken.
  4. Spray your wire cooking rack with olive oil and then lay all the chicken pieces side by side in the rack. Clip it shut and then you are ready to cook.
  5. Once most of the flames have died down and the coals are white hot, lay the wire rack over the top of your fire pit. Because your chicken pieces are bone in, they will take longer but the flavour will be exceptional. Be patient and you will be rewarded. Turn your chicken every 10 - 15 minutes to ensure even cooking. If cooking starts to slow down, you may need to add a few more beads (add beads not wood as you will get less flame). IMPORTANT: If you decide you want to drizzle a little olive oil over the chicken while it cooks, TAKE IT OFF THE FIRE PIT. You do not want to accidentally pour oil directly onto a fire as the flames could go up quickly!!
  6. Test your chicken by piercing the thickest piece close to a bone. When the juices run clear, the chicken is cooked. Carefully remove from the wire rack and wrap in foil for 10 minutes before serving. This will ensure the juices are reabsorbed by the chicken.

  • I wish we had a backyard for a fire pit! Charcoal gives the most delicious depth and flavour


  • We don’t do fire pits… we all have sensitivities to the smell and can’t stand it. But, what a great use for those who have one.


  • My kids will like them.


  • Yum. The chicken looks really good. I need one of those racks to put on a fire pit!!!


  • Wow this sounds delicious I love chicken and this looks like a way to make my favourite even better!


  • I was looking for a charcoal chicken recipe for sometime now I will try this I hope it turns out the same.


  • Sounds very tasty with all those flavours in it and so simple to achieve. Unfortunately we don’t have a fire pit and we don’t go camping. Thanks for sharing the recipe though


  • I love this idea- it’d be great when camping!


  • Thanks for sharing your recipe


  • Looks yum


  • This looks so delicious


  • Next camping trip


  • This is literally making my mouth water – I could eat this for breakfast! Yum!


  • Hope the survey gets some good insight


  • Excellent camp idea!


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