Spicy grilled chicken

Spicy grilled chicken are a favourite any day. They are an healthier option to their fried counterpart and even taste better with gorgeous barbeque flavour if done outside on the barbeque with family and friends in the summer. This oven grilled chicken is a winner any day. 

Grilled chicken just goes with a ton of other food and great on its own. Leftovers can be put together to create yet another meal. Add it to stews, soups and sauces. Pair with salad, add to a sandwich and you are covered for school and work lunches. 

The aromatic flavour of onion combines nicely with garlic powder, peppercorns, chilli pepper and thyme. Marinating overnight in a fridge helps the chicken to absorb these flavours taking your cooking to a higher level.

Spicy grilled chicken

Servings: 8

Prep Time: 10min

Cooking Time: 60min


  • 12 Pieces of chicken thigh or drumsticks
  • 1 Medium size onion (minced)
  • 3 Teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 Teaspoons crushed peppercorns
  • 2 Teaspoons cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 Teaspoon dry thyme(preferably grounded)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 2 Teaspoons of salt or to taste.


In a bowl combine all ingredients except the chicken 

Transfer chicken to bowl and rub all over with the olive oil mixture preferably with your fingers or a tool that can help you do that ( for best results let this refrigerate overnight or at least 2hours before cooking)

Place foil in an oven safe pan grease the inside with oil and place the chicken in a single file

Transfer chicken to the centre of a pre heated oven and do either of the following:

For best results bake first at 400F turning at least once then, change to grill or broil setting on low for 3minutes on each side

The second option is to grill for at least 6 minutes on each side or until chicken is no longer pink

Recipe provided by www.AfricanFoods.co.uk

I would be referring to this a lot on this site to add to other recipes. It is one recipe to do beforehand  to help other recipes like egusi, ogbono and vegetable stews like efo riro. You could also do this simultaneously with these other recipes.

If you choose to do beforehand remember It can stay in the fridge for 5 days and in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Why not try this and leave me a comment.

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