Spatchcock poussin recipe with spiced yoghurt marinade

Fire up the grill for a delicious alfresco meal to enjoy with friends. This spatchcock poussin recipe is perfect for cooking on the barbecue. Ideal for warm, sunny afternoons!

Poussins offer a lean meat that is full of protein. Enjoy with our warming marinade for a dish that’s bursting with delicious flavours.
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  • 4 poussins (or a whole small chicken)

For the marinade

  • 3cm ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 500g natural yoghurt
  • Sea salt

To serve

  • 2 limes, quartered
  • Fresh coriander


  1. Make the yoghurt marinade by grating the ginger and garlic into a large flat dish, and adding the other spices, yoghurt and seasoning, and mixing well together well.
  2. Using heavy duty scissors or poultry shears, cut along each side of the poussin backbones and remove. Flatten the poussins (or chicken), and add to the dish, coating each one well with the marinade. Leave to rest for a couple of hours if possible.
  3. Grill them all on the barbecue for 20-30 minutes, turning over once they start to char. if you’re using chicken instead, this will take about 20-25 minutes each side.
  4. Serve with wedges of lime and plenty of chopped coriander.