Pollo a las Brasas (Charcoal-Grilled Chicken on a Stick) Recipe

Chicken on a Stick
Marty Snortum

Ingredients

  • 4 half chickens, 1-1 ¼ pounds each
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 guajillo chiles, toasted, seeded, and finely chopped or ground
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon whole toasted cumin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped or 1 tablespoon toasted Mexican oregano
  • 2 sticks cinnamon, lightly crushed (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons whole allspice, lightly cracked (optional)
  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

A simple way to cook chicken over the coals outdoors, pollo a las brasas uses sticks or large skewers to control the distance of the chicken from the heat. This version is from Sinaloa on the Pacific Coast in northwest Mexico and uses citrus, chiles, garlic, and spices as a marinade. Originally cooked over an open fire, this dish can also be made using a grill, smoker, rotisserie, or indoor oven. The sticks are optional. 

Polla a las Brasas accompanied by a salsa fresca, white rice, some charred jalapeño or poblano chiles, and fresh lime, avocado, and homemade flour tortillas is a combination relished throughout the country. 

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Directions

Rinse the chickens and pat dry. Arrange in a non-reactive pan and season with the salt and pepper.

Combine the remaining ingredients and cover the chicken with the mixture. Cover the pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours.

Remove from the refrigerator ½ hour before cooking. Skewer if desired.

Cook over a low-heat charcoal fire or indirect heat in a covered grill or smoker, turning frequently (every 7-10 minutes), until chicken is cooked through, approximately 1 ½-2 hours. 

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

2,620 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

131%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 187g 288%
  • Carbs 7g 2%
  • Saturated 50g 252%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 82g
  • Polyunsaturated 40g
  • Protein 215g 429%
  • Cholesterol 861mg 287%
  • Sodium 1,971mg 82%
  • Calcium 158mg 16%
  • Magnesium 239mg 60%
  • Potassium 2,283mg 65%
  • Iron 11mg 61%
  • Zinc 15mg 101%
  • Phosphorus 1,712mg 245%
  • Vitamin A 479µg 53%
  • Vitamin C 34mg 56%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 48%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 83%
  • Niacin (B3) 78mg 392%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 208%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 74µg 19%
  • Vitamin B12 4µg 59%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 7mg 33%
  • Vitamin K 19µg 24%
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