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Barbecued Lavender Chicken

Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings
Notes: Use one cut of chicken (breasts, wings, or leg-thigh combinations) or a mixture of pieces.


  • 4 3/4 to 5 pounds chicken pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • About 1/4 cup dried or rinsed fresh lavender blossoms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2/3 cup prepared barbecue sauce
  • Salt
  • Cucumber salsa

Nutrition Information

  • calories 303
  • caloriesfromfat 56 %
  • protein 27 g
  • fat 19 g
  • satfat 4.5 g
  • carbohydrate 4.4 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • sodium 220 mg
  • cholesterol 86 mg

How to Make It

  1. Rinse chicken pieces, drain, and put in a large bowl with oil, 1/4 cup lavender blossoms, garlic, and barbecue sauce. Mix well and let stand at least 15 minutes, or cover and chill up to 4 hours.

  2. On a charcoal barbecue: Prepare a solid bed of coals and let burn until medium-hot (you can hold your hand at grill level only 4 to 5 seconds). Dot the surface of coals evenly with 10 charcoal briquets and set grill in place.

  3. On a gas barbecue: Adjust heat to medium (you can hold your hand at grill level only 4 to 5 seconds).

  4. Lay chicken on grill and cover with lid; open vents for charcoal. Cook chicken, turning to brown evenly, until no longer pink at bone in thickest part (cut to test), 25 to 35 minutes. If drippings flare up, move pieces to edge of grill. Transfer to a platter as cooked.

  5. Sprinkle chicken lightly with more lavender blossoms. Add salt to taste. Serve with cucumber salsa.