Grilled Garlic & Lemon Poussin

Juicy grilled poussins smothered in a delicious garlic, lemon and herb marinade. These zingy birds are perfect for grilling, though you can just as easily cook them in the oven. Enjoy alongside your favourite side dish or salad.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Meat


For the poussin:
  • 4 poussins, spatchcocked
For the marinade:
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves only
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint, leaves only
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice
  • 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes


  1. Spatchcock the poussins: place the poussin on a chopping board, breast-side down, cavity facing you. Using kitchen shears or sharp scissors, cut down each side of the backbone to remove; discard the backbone. Open out the poussin, flip it over (so it’s breast-side up) and flatten it down using the heel of your hand. Repeat with the other poussins. Alternatively, buy the poussins ready-spatchcocked.
  2. Make the marinade by blending all the ingredients together. Arrange the spatchcocked poussins in a single layer in a large baking dish or tray. Season generously with sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper.
  3. Using a pastry brush, generously brush the poussins on both sides with the marinade, getting into every nook and cranny. Alternatively, you can rub the marinade over the poussins by hand. Let sit and marinate at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours.

Cooking method 1: BBQ

  1. Heat barbecue to medium-high. Grill the poussins, breast-side down first, until well-browned and slightly charred, 5 minutes; flip the poussins and repeat. Reduce the heat down to medium, close the lid and grill, turning occasionally, until just cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Transfer the cooked poussin to a platter and allow to rest at least 10 minutes before serving.

Cooking method 1: Oven

  1. Heat your oven to 200℃. Arrange the marinated spatchcocked poussins in a single layer on one (or two) large roasting tins.
  2. Roast, breast-side up, until well-browned and cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer the cooked poussin to a platter and allow to rest at least 10 minutes before serving.

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