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Healthy takeaway style BBQ chicken
5 from 9 votes

Healthy Roast Chicken Marinade - Take away style

This is my take on a healthy 'takeaway' BBQ chicken - this marinade recipe is so simple and delicious you will never need to buy a pre-cooked, take away chicken again.  
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4


  • 1 whole chicken (preferably free-range or organic)

Marinade ingredients (for one large chicken)

  • 50 g butter or macadamia nut oil (¼ cup)
  • 1 tbsp rice malt syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp sea salt - or to taste
  • Ground black pepper - to taste


  • In a small bowl, mix the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Baste your chicken all over with half of the mix.
  • Place your chicken breast side up in a preheated oven or on a rotisserie if you have one.
  • After 30 minutes of cooking, remove from the oven and baste again with the remaining marinade.
  • Return to the oven and roast until the chicken is cooked to perfection.
  • The time this takes will vary depending on the size of your chicken, but work off 30 minutes per 500gram at 180℃/350°F.
  • Once cooked, rest the chicken for 5-10 minutes uncovered, then carve and enjoy!


  • Add lots of vegetables and also slices of lemon to your roasting dish too.  You may also like to stuff your chook? I personally keep it quick and simple and wedge lemon pieces and any herbs I can rummage from my herb garden.

Slow cooked…

  • Toni messaged me on Facebook to say she had slow cooked this with a 10/10 husband and kids rated result! She cooked it for 8 hours on low, basting it with the marinade every 2-3 hours with great success. A great option if you like to slow cook!


  • Re-heat in a low oven (covered) until just hot.



Replace the macadamia nut oil with melted butter.


Choose the rice malt syrup as your sweetener.

Do you like a roast or BBQ style chook?  Do you normally buy it or cook your own?

 "We made this a few weeks ago and you're not wrong - it really does taste like {better than} BBQ chook!" Emma