Colombian-Style Roasted Chicken Legs (Piernas de Pollo Asadas a mi Estilo Colombiano)

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Pollo Asado1

Asado or roasted, is one of my favorite ways to eat chicken. This is one of those dishes of which you’ll find many variations all over the world. In Colombia, we season the chicken with our traditional seasonings and let it sit in the fridge overnight which makes the meat moist and the skin very flavorful.

Colombian restaurants cook this style of chicken on horizontal rotisseries that you can see through the windows while walking on the streets. The smell of pollo asado is like heaven to me. Just writing this post makes me want to rush to the airport, travel to Medellín, and go to a restaurant called Kokoriko to eat a whole pollo asado with corn cakes(arepas) and salted potatoes(papa salada). I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do.



(Serves 4 to 6)

  • 12 chicken drumsticks, skin on

  • Cooking spray
  • 5 scallions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup chopped white onion
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • Pollo asado

  • Directions

    1. In a food processor, place the scallions, garlic, onion, cilantro, thyme, vinegar, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Process to a paste.
  • Place the chicken in a zip –bag and add the marinade. Move around to cover evenly. Refrigerate the chicken overnight.
  • Cover a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and heat the broiler to high.
  • Place the chicken legs on the baking sheet. Broil for about 10 minutes and turn the legs one time and cook for 12 to 15 minutes more or until the chicken is cooked and the skin is browned. Let it rest for 5 minutes and transfer to a serving plate.
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    1. says

      Roasted chicken legs…my favorite. And these look gorgeous… I will definitely do this this week….what a grand recipe…you aclearly turning into my fave chef!! you have any place I can buy some of the stuff you use?


    2. says

      MMMMM,… & wow, erica!! these chicken legs look fantastic!! I so love all of the combined yummie flavours!!

      An excellent picture as well! Yum Yum Yum!

    3. Respondon says

      I’ll have to try that well after Thanksgiving :) You don’t have to go all the way to Colombia for Kokoriko, by the way…they have two metro Miami restaurants now, and they’re trying to sell new franchises.

    4. Erica says

      Hi, I will be trying this recipe this week, cant wait. You brought back memories of when I was little eating Kokoriko with my parents, we would buy it and take it to a park. They packed it in a carton like bag.

      Take care,
      Erica :)

    5. Diana says

      I made these on Saturday for my sister’s birthday and not only were they easy to prepare and make but they were fantastic. Yes! These do taste like Kokoriko! =) I did make one small change and that was to use onion powder instead of the white onion and the scallions but that’s only because I can’t stand them. Other than that, I followed the recipe to a T and like I said, they were delicious!

    6. viviana says

      Oh My God I just found you while searching for a recipe for ajiaco, Yes I am from Bogota and I do not know how to make ajiaco but now I will thanks to you. I love kokoriko so I ll be trying this out. Quick question Is paprika spicy at all? I have always thought it was spicy ad my daughter and I can not stand any heat in our food I just can not take it, even pepper can be too spicy for me. Please let me know and btw we have kokorikos in Miami :) :) Thanks!!!!

    7. Sherri says

      I just put this together to marinade! We met our adopted my from Colombia 6 years ago tomorrow (11/19/07). We’re celebrating with yummy Colombian food, that we all miss. I noticed you originally posted it on November 19 :). Can’t wait to dig in to this!

    8. Leigh says

      Hi Erica,
      Have you made these on an outdoor grill? If so, how? They look delicious!!


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