Argentine Grilled Chicken


Discover the vibrant flavors of Argentina with this succulent "Pollo a la Parrilla" recipe! This dish captures the essence of Argentine culinary tradition, where the grill reigns supreme. Each bite offers a delightful blend of smoky char and juicy tenderness, making it a perfect feast for any gathering.

Argentine Grilled Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 2 hours
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken quarter per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 310 kcal
  • Protein: 27 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 85 mg
  • Sodium: 320 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g


  • Chicken quarters (leg and thigh): 4 pieces (about 1.2 kg or 2.6 lbs)
  • Olive oil: 60 ml (2 oz)
  • Garlic, minced: 3 cloves (15 g or 0.5 oz)
  • Dried oregano: 2 tsp (4 g or 0.14 oz)
  • Smoked paprika: 1 tsp (2 g or 0.07 oz)
  • Salt: 1 tsp (5 g or 0.18 oz)
  • Black pepper, ground: ½ tsp (1 g or 0.03 oz)
  • Lemon juice: 2 tbsp (30 ml or 1 oz)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped: 2 tbsp (8 g or 0.28 oz)

Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate the Chicken: In a bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, oregano, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Coat the chicken quarters evenly with this marinade. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the Grill: Heat your grill to medium-high.
  3. Grill the Chicken: Place the marinated chicken on the grill, skin side down. Grill for about 15 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  4. Rest and Serve: Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marinating Time: For deeper flavors, marinate the chicken overnight.
  • Control the Heat: Ensure the grill is not too hot to avoid burning the skin.
  • Check the Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to check doneness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I bake this in an oven?

Yes, you can bake it at 375°F (190°C) for about 45 minutes.

What to serve with Pollo a la Parrilla?

Traditional sides include chimichurri sauce, grilled vegetables, or a fresh salad.

Can I use chicken breast instead?

Absolutely, but adjust the cooking time as breasts cook faster than quarters.