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Smoky Garlic and Spice Chicken

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


  • 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


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine first eight ingredients. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
7 ounces cooked chicken: 396 calories, 23g fat (6g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 359mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 42g protein.

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  • williehart62
    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!!!

  • mrscrazyed1
    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.

  • mrsmaxwell
    Aug 9, 2012

    This marinade is really good on grilled cornish game hens.

  • krazykrisy
    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.

  • jesskate
    Oct 30, 2011

    No comment left

  • lesleigh5
    Oct 18, 2011

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

  • nrf1970
    Jul 27, 2011

    This was awesome! We cut the chicken and set it in a fish basket to BBQ under indirect heat! YUMMY!

  • aug2295
    Jul 25, 2011

    I was looking for a different way (other than BBQ) to make chicken on the bone on the grill and this recipe fit the bill nicely. I used chicken thighs instead of Cornish hens, which cut the cooking time significantly. Good flavor, but too spicy for my kids, who ate hot dogs instead. I didn't regret making this but I don't think I would again, mainly because I need something the whole family can enjoy.