BBQ chicken with a kiwi salsa

Before you ask, yes you are reading that correctly. Kiwi in a salsa? Not the most popular or most heard of thing in the world but it works!

At BBQ Tips we like to get creative sometimes and this week is one of those times. Combining anything sweet and savoury always raises an eyebrow but we’ve chosen BBQ chicken with a kiwi salsa as our recipe of the week. The addition of kiwi in our salsa took us by surprise at how good of a combination it was.

You get a good balance of a classic salsa taste but also a slightly sweet sensation just to give your taste buds a bit of a wake-up call! Combining this with a classic grilled BBQ chicken with a side of corn on the cob gave us a slight American feeling to this dish.


  • 600g of chicken breast
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 pack of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 large onion
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • A bottle of BBQ sauce
  • 4 cobs of corn
  • Hot sauce

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 10-15 mins 


  1. Assuming you have your chicken breasts pre-cut into near equal sizes, brush some bbq sauce onto each breast on both sides. Then sprinkle some salt and pepper again all over the breast. You can let them sit for a few minutes whilst you move on to making your salsa.
  2. For the salsa, first, we will finely cut your cherry tomatoes, so they are cut into 4 quarters per tomato, do the same for your cucumber. You probably won’t need to use more than half of a cucumber.
  3. Finely chop your onion and add all these into the bowl that you will use for the salsa.
  4. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and add a drizzle of olive oil and mix.
  5. Then we added a few drops of hot sauce and mix again.
  6. Then cut your 2 kiwis and add them to the salsa mix. Notice that we didn’t add the kiwis until after we had added all the seasonings and mixed them. This is because we want the kiwi to maintain as much sweetness to get the right balance of sweet and savoury in the salsa.
  7. To finish the salsa, squeeze half a lemon into the salsa and then very carefully mix in the bowl.
  8. Get your chicken on the barbecue. As these are thicker cuts of chicken, they will need a bit longer to cook, approximately 5 mins each side. However, if they do need longer to cook then do so to make sure you are confident they are cooked properly. If you have a digital thermometer, use this to judge.
  9. When the chicken breasts are nearing the end of their cooking time brush them in a coat of BBQ sauce. This will add more flavour and caramelize your chicken.     
  10. At the same time get your corn on the cob on the BBQ too. These can burn easily so do keep an eye on them.
  11. We buttered our corn as soon as they were done so that it melted nicely and gave it a little extra taste.
  12. Plate up all your food and, if you really need to, add as much bbq sauce as you want. It may be a case of how much you like your BBQ sauce! You may feel it is already flavoured enough, in which case you can leave your chicken as it is. 

With the combination of BBQ chicken with a kiwi salsa and the corn you should have a filling and flavoursome meal ready to be devoured!

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