Roast Chicken with Cherry BBQ Sauce

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Roast Chicken with Cherry BBQ Sauce

I think I’ve made a chilli sauce with almost all fruits except papaya. Good lord. Anyway, this one time I bought a big box of cherries and made a really good compote with it and we had great pancakes that Sunday. I saved some to try a savoury sauce. It turned into a BBQ sauce when I added tomato puree, garlic and chilli I guess. The cherry flavour by the end of it was quite mild but overall the sauce tasted slightly fruity and really good. I used this to marinate and brush over some whole chicken legs and used the air fryer to toast them.

The air fryer has been amazing for me. Chicken especially gets that lovely brown colour that my OTG could never give. Although, it’s easy to overcook it. Like these roast legs should have had 5 mins less time. Well, everyday there’s a lesson to be learnt. Next time I’m going to pop the chicken in there for about 20 mins and check on it every 5-7 mins.

Prep time:

Almost none + overnight marinating time

Cooking time:

Ideally 20 mins


Whole chicken legs with thighs – 2

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Soy sauce – 1 tsp

For the cherry BBQ sauce:

Pitted cherries – 1/2 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece grated

Garlic – 3 cloves grated

Chilli paste/sauce – 2 tsp (or more!)

Brown sugar – 1/4 cup

Tomato puree – 2 tbsp

Lemon juice – of 1 lemon

Salt to taste


Bring all the ingredients for the sauce in a pan to a boil and let it simmer for 20 mins till the cherries are soft and the sauce has a thick consistency. Store in a jar in your fridge.

Clean the chicken legs and score it with a sharp knife (making cuts not too deep).


Take around 2-3 tbsp of the cherry sauce along with the ginger garlic paste and rub it on the chicken legs. Let this sit in the fridge overnight.

Preheat your air fryer (use your oven instead if you don’t have an air fryer) to 200 degrees C for 5 mins.

Place the chicken pieces in the bucket (or a tray if you’re using an oven) and brush with some more cherry sauce.

Pop it into the air fryer and turn the heat down to 180 degrees C and let this roast for 20 mins. After 5-7 mins, do give it a peep to see that it isn’t sticking to the basket.

Once done, brush some more sauce on the chicken legs and serve!

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