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Updated: Sep 18
Juicy, tasty, delicious, and easy to make Caribbean grilled chicken with lemon, herbs, and garlic.
Ever been to the Caribbean? If you have you will remember seeing vendor stalls at the beach providing delicious grilled chicken to tourists and locals alike. The chicken had a beautiful char on it and tasted divine: lemon, herbs, garlic....yum! Probably it was served with some side salad, plantains, and rice. But I bet you found it to be heaven on a plate, right?
Whether you have or not been to the Caribbean, and want to experience this wonderful beach treat... you are in luck! I will show you how to make this easy, tasty, juicy, and plain delicious Caribbean grilled treat!
Let's make it!
Prep time: less than 10 minutes
Marinating time: at least 2 hours
Cooking time: 25 to 30 minutes
Use a ziploc bag to marinate the chicken in. It will make it so much easier when time comes to flip the chicken and will ensure it is saturated with the marinade.
5 pounds of chicken leg quarters (about 6 pieces)
15 to 20 garlic cloves (peeled)
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
2 tablespoons of fresh thyme
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
2 teaspoons of sea salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1/4 cup of olive Oil
Step 1: Prep the chicken
Wash the chicken with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
Using a sharp knife cut two or three small incisions on each leg quarter and insert a garlic clove into each cut.
Place chicken into a non-reactive dish or ziploc bag.
Step 2: Marinate the chicken
In a non-reactive bowl add the juice of the lemons. Do not discard the lemons.
Mince the remaining garlic.
Add the oregano, thyme, rosemary, minced garlic, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Mix well.
Pour the marinate over the chicken and add the squeezed lemons.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Turn the chicken every hour. The longer the chicken marinates the better the flavor.
Step 3: Grill the chicken
Set the temperature of you grill to 350 degrees F. If you are using charcoal, follow the instructions set in the package.
Make sure you have greased the grill to avoid the chicken from sticking to it.
Remove chicken from fridge. Discard the lemons.
Do not discard the marinade. Set aside. You will use it to baste the chicken while grilling.
Place the chicken skin down first. Let it cook for about 5 minutes before you turn it. Cook for 5 minutes on each side and continue to turn until it is ready (about 25 to 30 minutes).
Using a brush, frequently baste the chicken with the reserved marinade set aside earlier. Make sure you use all the marinade while grilling the chicken. This will ensure a beautiful crispy exterior and deeper flavor.
Serve and enjoy!!!
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