Smoky Garlic and Spice Chicken Recipe
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Smoky Garlic and Spice Chicken Recipe

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A soy sauce-based marinade gives this moist, crispy chicken rich flavor. To make chicken satay, I vary the ingredients a bit and marinate the meat longer.—Tina Repak Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 1 hr. + standing
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 1 hr. + standing
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), split in half lengthwise

Nutritional Facts

7 ounces cooked chicken equals 396 calories, 23 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 131 mg cholesterol, 359 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 42 g protein.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine first eight ingredients. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on the grill rack to coat lightly. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan.
  3. Place chicken cut side down over drip pan and grill, covered, over indirect medium heat 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a thermometer reads 170-175°, turning occasionally. Let stand 10 minutes before carving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Smoky Garlic and Spice Chicken in Taste of Home August/September 2011, p82

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"EXCELLENT in my opinion. My younger son is very critical of food that is not one of my own recipes but after he ate this chicken he said that it was GREAT!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"This is a great marinade for just about any poultry. The cumin really makes the taste pop. We used Cornish game hens instead of chicken. They didn't come out very crispy, but DH thinks it may have been his fault, not the marinade's. Will definitely make again."

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2012

"This marinade is really good on grilled cornish game hens."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"I just was looking through my taste of home magazines for this recipe. I have made this several times we really enjoy this recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"Talk about flavor!!! I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts."

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