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The Secret to The Best Grilled Chicken

  • Author: zenbelly
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25-30 minutes, plus time to brine
  • Total Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: grill


  • 10 chicken legs and/or thighs (about 3.54 pounds)
  • 1 scant tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Pat dry the chicken and place in a baking dish or similar container.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the spices.
  3. Coat the chicken evenly with the spices. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 and up to 48 hours.
  4. Once you’re ready to cook the chicken, heat your grill to medium, so the temperature is around 400-425ºF. Oil your grill grates if necessary.
  5. Cook the chicken for 25-30 minutes with the grill closed, turning every 10 minutes or so, and rotating it around the grill as necessary to account for hot spots / uneven heat.


Don’t have a grill? Don’t dismay. This chicken is also great roasted in a 425ºF oven for about 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF.