Grilled Bloody Mary Chicken

READY IN: 4hrs 25mins
Recipe by mrsfabicons

I heard this recipe on Nigel Barden's recipe slot on BBC Radio 2's drive time show. He said it was from Charles Campion's Food from Fire – the real barbecue book. I have tweaked the marinade quite a bit - that part was fun, I just kept making Bloody Marys (and tasting them) til I got it perfect! While the directions below are for BBQ grilling, I have made this several times on the cooker grill and it is still delicious. I have also used the marinade with good effect for both pork and beef kebabs.

Top Review by loof751

This chicken is FANTASTIC!! I knew I was going to love this the minute I saw the recipe and it did not disappoint - what wonderful flavor! Just a little spicy but not overpowering, and you can really taste the celery flavor. I saved some marinade as you suggested, reducing it and adding just a little honey to make a sauce, then glaze the chicken with it at the end of the grilling time. I used this on boneless skinless breasts and we loved it - thanks for sharing a keeper!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix together the sherry, vodka, vegetable juice, horseradish sauce, tabasco, worcestershire sauce, celery salt, onion flakes & lemon juice.
  2. Roll the chicken thighs in the Bloody Mary mixture, seal in a zip-loc bag & leave in the refrigerator overnight (if pushed for time, a 4hr soak is the minimum).
  3. If cooking outdoors - Grill the chicken pieces over a gentle barbecue – that point when the coals go very grey & the flames are just a memory is perfect.Start the meat with the skin-side down & leave for about 5-8 mins, then turn & keep a watchful eye in case they burn. They will take a further 8-10 minutes.
  4. Of if cooking indoors - Preheat grill to high, line pan with foil and cook thighs on a rack for 8-10 minutes per side, starting with skin side down.
  5. Test if it is cooked by cutting a thigh in half; there should be no sign of pink.
  6. Rest the meat for 5 mins somewhere warm before eating.
  7. You can make your own red sauce by boiling the remaining marinade in a saucepan and reducing until syrupy. Adjust the seasoning & add a dollop of honey. Excellent served with steamed rice and green salad.

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