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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


  • Blender
  • Grill


  • 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


  • 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! 

“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
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