Sazon Grilled Chicken

This Latin American-inspired Sazon Grilled Chicken is not only simple but delicious as well. These chicken thighs and drumsticks are coated with sazon, then grilled over charcoal. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use a pellet grill or a gas grill for cooking this fantastic chicken. You can cook this dish in the oven too! See below for details.

sazon rub

Sazon:

Sazon is a Latin spice blend used on meats, vegetables, rice, and beans. Typically, sazon contains crushed annatto seeds, also called achiote. I recommend looking for achiote powder if looking for a faster solution. The achiote provides a rich red color and provides a slight smokiness to the rub. Try my MSG-free Sazon Rub for this grilled chicken recipe.

Sazon Grilled Chicken-The Ingredients:

  • 6 chicken thighs, bone-in
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • Olive oil
  • Sazon
  • Jalapeno OR serrano pepper
  • Limes
  • Cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
Sazon Grilled Chicken

How to make Sazon Grilled Chicken:

  • Trim off any excess skin and fat from the chicken legs and thighs. Blot them dry with paper towels.
  • Place chicken in a large glass dish. 
  • Blend the olive oil, lime juice, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro (or parsley), sazon, chili pepper, garlic, and onion in a food processor or blender. Add a tablespoon or two of water if the marinade is too thick.
  • Pour mixture over chicken. Use tongs to turn the chicken and coat them well. Cover dish with plastic wrap, and place into the refrigerator for 3 hours.
  • Prepare grill for 350 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 175 degrees F. Check several pieces to confirm doneness. 
  • Some of the drumsticks might cook a little faster. Please remove them and keep them covered.
  • Once cooked, place chicken onto a clean serving platter. Garnish with chopped chili and cilantro.
  • Store leftover sazon grilled chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Rewarm at 325 degrees in the oven or on the stovetop for better flavor and consistency.

Tips:

Cooking method: Bake this sazon chicken in the oven for 35-40 minutes in a 350-degree oven. Strive for an internal temperature of 175 degrees F. As always, it’s a good idea to have a reliable instant-read thermometer handy.

Make-Ahead: You can certainly season the chicken and store it 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 1/2 cup of sazon seasoning in the marinade for a whole chicken and 1/4 cup for 4 medium breasts. If using boneless chicken thighs, reduce your cooking time.

 

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
Servings: 6
Calories: 454kcal

Equipment

  • Grill or oven

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken thighs bone-in
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons sazon
  • 1 large serrano or jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro

Instructions

  • Trim off any excess skin and fat from the chicken legs and thighs.
  • Place chicken in a large glass dish. 
  • Blend the olive oil, lime juice, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro (or parsley), sazon, salt, chili pepper, garlic, and onion in a food processor or blender. Add a tablespoon or two of water if the marinade is too thick.
  • Pour mixture over chicken. Use tongs to turn the chicken and coat them well. Cover dish with plastic wrap, and place into the refrigerator for 3 hours.
  • Prepare grill for 350 degrees F.
  • Place 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 175 degrees F. Check several pieces to confirm doneness.
    Please note that the drumsticks might cook faster. Remove them from the grill, and keep covered until the other pieces are done.
  • Once cooked, remove chicken from the grill and place onto a clean serving platter. Garnish with the other 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley. I like to serve mine with extra lime wedges.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge 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.

Notes

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 of 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 a ½ cup of sazon seasoning for a whole chicken, and ¼ cup for 4 medium breasts. If using boneless chicken thighs, reduce cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 1054mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

 

Sazon Grilled Chicken

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