Pollo Asado al Carbon

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"Note that this recipe calls for indirect grilling in order to keep the chicken juicy. You'll want to let your charcoal burn down until it's covered with white ash (medium hot) and then push it to the sides in equal amounts. The center of the grill, where the coals have been removed, is where you will roast the chicken. If you use a gas grill, you'll need one with 3 rows of burners so you can put the chicken in the middle and only fire up the outside ones to medium rptides.blogspot can marinade and put in rotisserie also"

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (327.5 g)
  • Calories 299.8
  • Total Fat - 6.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 725.8 mg
  • Sodium - 601 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.4 g
  • Sugars - 1.2 g
  • Protein - 53.8 g
  • Calcium - 49.5 mg
  • Iron - 7.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 18 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together. Set aside, and start the charcoal. Follow instructions given above for preparing the grill.

Step 2

Flip the chicken onto its breast. Using kitchen shears or sharp knife, cut through the back as close to the backbone as possible (you want to keep as much skin intact as possible) The two halves will still be connected in the front of the chicken.

Step 3

Flip chicken back over, breast up, and give it a mighty wallop on the breastbone to break it free so the two halves will lie flat.

Step 4

Tuck wing tips securely behind the back.

Step 5

Tie drumsticks together close to the body, or at least make sure they are turned inward.

Step 6

Smear the chicken all over, on both sides, with marinade and let rest until the grill is heated.

Step 7

Place the chicken in the center of the grill, where the coals have been removed per instructions above, and roast without turning for about 45 minutes, or until juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced with a fork. You will want to add more charcoal every 20- 30 minutes to keep the temperature in the grill at about 325 degrees, and baste the chicken with marinade every ten minutes.

Step 8

Just before the chicken is done, flip it over onto its breast for additional browning if desired.

Step 9

Remove to a platter, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 10

This allows the chicken to absorb the juices so they won't all run out when you cut the chicken up.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.