Easy Guatemalan Grilled Chicken Marinade Recipe

Chattanooga’s Must Try Foods From Around the World That’ll Make an Impression

 

Located in the heart of the Southern United States, Chattanooga pushes boundaries with its impressive lineup of ethnic cuisine. From Brazilian, West African, and Japanese to Mexican, Thai, and Guatemalan, the Scenic City serves up unique eats in style. With indigenous ingredients and far-flung flavors, there’s always something delicious to try.

 

By Christina Cannon

Photography by Rich Smith

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“At Mayan Kitchen, we use an authentic family recipe that includes a bone-in half chicken that is marinated and charbroiled, and we pair it with homemade charro beans and rice for a tasty Guatemalan dish.”

– Benjamin Lemus, owner

Mayan Kitchen

Pollo Asado

 

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp. cilantro
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. chicken seasoning
  • 1/2 whole chicken 

 

Directions

To make the marinade, blend onions, garlic, cilantro, paprika, bell pepper, salt, and chicken seasoning. Leave the half chicken marinating in the blended mix overnight (at least 12 hours). Grill at a low temperature for 40-50 minutes, flipping regularly to ensure even cooking.

Serve with charro beans, rice, and a small salad (lettuce topped with tomatoes, onions, avocado, beets, cucumbers, and a little bit of lemon juice as dressing). Now you can enjoy it with a cold and delicious horchata! 

 

pollo asado or grilled chicken from mayan kitchen

Pollo Asado

Mayan Kitchen
Mayan Kitchen's Guatemalan grilled chicken marinade recipe and grilling directions (*Serving suggestions in recipe notes.)
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Guatemalan, Hispanic, Latin

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Grill

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp onion, diced
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chicken seasoning
  • ½ whole chicken

Instructions
 

  • To make the marinade, blend onions, garlic, cilantro, paprika, bell pepper, salt, and chicken seasoning.
  • Leave the half chicken marinating in the blended mix overnight (at least 12 hours).
  • Grill at a low temperature for 40-50 minutes, flipping regularly to ensure even cooking. 

Notes

*Serve with charro beans, rice, and a small salad (lettuce topped with tomatoes, onions, avocado, beets, cucumbers, and a little bit of lemon juice as dressing). Now you can enjoy it with a cold and delicious horchata! 

“At Mayan Kitchen, we use an authentic family recipe that includes a bone-in half chicken that is marinated and charbroiled, and we pair it with homemade charro beans and rice for a tasty Guatemalan dish.”
– Benjamin Lemus, owner
Keyword chicken, chicken marinade, chicken marinade recipe, grilled chicken, grilled chicken recipe, half chicken, pollo asado, whole chicken
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