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Pollo a la Brasa Chicken Thighs

Pollo a la Brasa-Style Grilled Chicken Thighs marinated in a combination of soy sauce, ginger, pepper, and spices. This Peruvian favorite is adapted for your home grill. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Peruvian
Keyword: chicken, grilling, Peruvian food, pollo a la brasa, pollo a la brasa near me, summer recipes
Servings: 6
Calories: 200kcal
Cost: $16


  • 1 gas or charcoal grill


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon huacatauy or 1 tablespoon fresh mint
  • 1 freshno chile, jalapeno or aji amarillo
  • 1-inch knob peeled ginger finely grated
  • 6 whole garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs


  • To a blender, add the soy sauce, red wine vinegar, huacatauy or fresh mint, jalapeño, ginger, garlic cloves, cumin, paprika, salt and freshly ground cracked pepper. Blend until very smooth, about 1 minute. 
  • To a large bowl, add the bone-in chicken thighs. And then pour in the soy sauce mixture. Cover the bowl and transfer to the fridge to marinate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. When you’re ready to grill, remove from the fridge and allow to temper for about 30 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, preheat your grill for 10 minutes. When you’re ready, brush the grill with neutral oil. To the direct heat, place the chicken, skin side down and cover, cooking for about 5 to 7 minutes, checking on it at the 7 minute mark. Flip if needed, and cook on the opposite side for 2 minutes. 
  • Remove from direct heat and place on a part of the grill that is indirect heat; cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165F. Remove from the grill and garnish with cilantro or green onions. 


Serving: 6g | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 99g | Trans Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 2g