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

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

Marty Snortum

Chicken on a Stick

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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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. 


Calories per serving:

3,682 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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 261g 402%
  • Carbs 7g 2%
  • Saturated 72g 359%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 113g
  • Polyunsaturated 55g
  • Protein 306g 613%
  • Cholesterol 1,232mg 411%
  • Sodium 2,316mg 97%
  • Calcium 212mg 21%
  • Magnesium 338mg 84%
  • Potassium 3,217mg 92%
  • Iron 15mg 86%
  • Zinc 22mg 145%
  • Phosphorus 2,438mg 348%
  • Vitamin A 682µg 76%
  • Vitamin C 41mg 69%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 68%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 117%
  • Niacin (B3) 112mg 559%
  • Vitamin B6 6mg 294%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 104µg 26%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 85%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 8mg 40%
  • Vitamin K 27µg 33%
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