Sazon Grilled Chicken


Sazon Grilled Chicken

Sazon Grilled Chicken

Sazon spice mixture is used in a lot of Latin American cooking, including rice, beans, stews, and soups, but it makes a great grilled chicken rub. These chicken thighs and drumsticks are coated with sazon, then grilled over charcoal. Of course, you are not limited in what type of grill you use, and you can bake the chicken in the oven as well.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American BBQ, Fusion, Latin American
Keyword: bbq chicken, sazon, sazon grilled chicken


  • Grill or oven


  • 6 chicken thighs bone-in
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sazon (see below for link)
  • 1 serrano or jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilanto (optional)


  • Gather ingredients. You can leave the skins on the chicken or remove them. However, do remove excess skin and fat regardless. Blot dry with paper towels.
  • Place chicken in a large glass dish. Brush with olive oil and season with sazon. Use more of the rub if needed. Cover dish with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator for 1-4 hours.
  • Preheat grill for medium heat (somewhere between 350-375 degrees F.)
  • Place seasoned chicken on grill, close lid, and cook for 8-10 minutes. Turn chicken, and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Check several pieces to confirm doneness. The drumsticks might cook a little faster, so either move them to a cool part of the grill, or remove them and keep covered. I like my dark meat chicken to cook to 175 degrees F., so the choice is entirely up to you.
  • Once cooked, remove chicken from the grill and place onto a clean serving platter. Garnish with chopped chili, and cilantro
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Rewarm in the oven or on stovetop for better flavor and consistency. Leftover chicken can be added to soups, stews, and casseroles.


Things to think about with this recipe:
Cooking method: Bake chicken in the oven for 35-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Strive for an internal temperature between 165-175 degrees F. As always, it’s a good idea to have a digital food thermometer.
Make Ahead: You can certainly season the chicken and store in resealable plastic bags in your freezer for up to a month. Thaw them out as needed and cook as directed.
Chicken: While this recipe calls for chicken thigh and legs, you can also use a whole chicken cut up, just chicken breasts, or cook a whole chicken. Adjust seasonings accordingly. Use between ⅓-½ cup of seasoning for a whole chicken, and ¼ cup for 4 medium breasts. If opting to use boneless chicken thighs, reduce cooking times as needed.

Use my Sazon Seasoning with this recipe

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