When I said we have been grilling constantly, I was not joking. This is typical PNW summer life. Live outside as much as you can. Period. End of story.
Live near a beach (most of us do)? Go there almost every day. Have an outdoor space? Get a grill. One of the things I really appreciate about Seattle is that EVERYONE has a grill. Apartments, condos, small spaces, there are no weird city rules (I am looking at you Philadelphia) that prevent you from grilling.
If you think about it, it makes total sense when you live in a moderate climate that is mostly without air-conditioning. You just don’t want to be heating up your kitchen and house.
Last week Jeanette from Jeanette’s Healthy Living posted this Smokey Peruvian Chicken recipe. The minute I saw it, I knew I wanted to make an adapted “everyday” version that incorporated the basic flavors but eliminated the need to get involved with smoking. Don’t get me wrong, I love smoking and wood chips as much as the next person but on any given weeknight that is just not happening over here. Dinner needs to happen a lot quicker!
With that being said, this chicken is phenomenal with my adaptions so I can only imagine how good it is if you have the time to add the smoke!
- Leaving the skin-on is optional but please note that if you do remove the skin, your cooking time will change slightly. Also, I highly recommend using all dark meat pieces (legs and thighs) if you prefer to remove the skin as the white meat has a tendency to dry out a bit.
Adapted From: Smokey Peruvian Chicken from Where There’s Smoke © 2013 by Barton Seaver seen on Jeanette’s Healthy Living
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Peruvian Grilled Chicken Recipe. Quick and easy Paleo Grilled Chicken Recipe.
- juice of 2 medium limes
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 large cloves garlic crushed
- 1 1/2 tablespoons organic virgin coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
- 1 teaspoon mexican chili powder
- 4 pounds chicken parts on the bone (see NOTES for skin)
In a large bowl, combine lime juice, apple cider vinegar, salt and maple syrup.
In a small saucepan, combine garlic, coconut oil (doesn't need to be liquid), smoked paprika, cumin, ancho chili powder and mexican chili powder. Heat over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly until fragrant and well combined.
Combine garlic mixture with lime juice mixture and whisk until well mixed.[img src=" http://www.everydaymaven.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/IMG_9490.jpg" width="550"]
Use a fork to puncture fork holes into chicken pieces and place chicken in a ziploc bag. Pour marinade over. Seal and massage marinade around until well covered. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours but no longer than 24 hours. [
Remove chicken from fridge about 30 minutes prior to grilling. Set grill to medium heat. Cook for 32 to 34 minutes, turning at least once or until internal temperature of 165F.
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Was so good. I’m so excited to make it again.
Alyssa Brantley says
Awesome Mazin! Thanks for sharing with me 🙂
Love your website!
Sorry, but I’ve got to ask – “what is your Mexican chili spice?” I live in the AZ, and chili spices here can very more than Cola and Rootbeers recipes combined. Unfortunately, no one spice variety tastes the same. Could you share what you use – it looks to be a custom blend in the mason jar.
Can this be done in a skillet/oven? I have no grill and really want to try it.
Stephanie Marie says
Just made this for dinner and it was delicious! I pan-cooked it and instead of marinating it (because let’s be honest I was lazy haha) I just poured the marinade over the chicken as it cooked and it turned out great!
This was super good paired with plantain fries! I’ll definitely be making it again to switch things up with my chicken on weeknights 🙂
I hear you Stephanie – I am right there with you most weeknights! Glad you liked it and thanks for letting me know 🙂
Chef Monty Austin says
This was awesome. Easy to prepare and another great idea for the grill. Jealous of you living in Seattle. Living in Kansas City after living In Salt Lake City for 25 years. Like the people here but definitely miss my mountains.
New to Paleo and appreciate all the hard work you are doing to share recipes with the public. You are awesome.
You’re welcome – thank you so much for reading! 🙂
We’ve been cheating on you and trying other recipes for our entry into paleo. Just seeing what is out there. Big mistake! We’ve had quite a few losers for sure. Stuck on what to make yesterday I figured I would see what you have. Made this chicken and it reminded me why we love your recipes (and you) so much! Just awesome! Love all the different mixes of spices in all your recipes. I grilled the chicken with some halved zucchini and yellow squash and even basted some of the left over marinade over the chicken and the veggies. Super awesome. Don’t ever stop. Tonight is left over Indian Chicken Stew, dessert will be the chocolate date treats.
Thank you so much Scott! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment (and all of your feedback!). You totally made my day and so glad you loved this chicken dish 🙂
Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! This is the best tasting chicken my husband and I ever had! My hubby loves to grill, he even grills in our cold Canadian winter when it is -20c (not f). The marinade is to die for! We just devoured our chicken and it will be our “impress your guests” marinade going forward. The flavours are outstanding! Thank you!
P.s. I never ever leave comments on people” s blogs, but i felt compelled to thank you for this recipe., that’s how great it is!
Wow, thank you so much Slavs and for taking the time to comment and let me know! It means a lot 🙂
Marteen Hook says
Very good combination of Ingredients. You used broccoli which I really like to eat. Perfect dish for dinner. Thanks a lot for this delicious recipe.