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

by Erica Dinho on November 19, 2009

This post is also available in Spanish

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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    { 39 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Divina November 19, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    I should try this soon for my nephew. He loves fried chicken and would be great to try a new flavor.


    2 Kim November 19, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    The color on that chicken is perfection! I just wanna grab one and gobble it up :D


    3 rebecca subbiah November 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    oh wow I am making this today Erica hubby is of to get the cilantro!


    4 Sarah Naveen November 19, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    OOh!!! Yummy Yummy Chicken…Love to have this any time..Gotta try this soon..Excellent pic too…


    5 Claudia Medeiros November 19, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    I will try this ! I must try this ! Yummy !!!!

    Have a sweet and beautiful day, Erica ;)


    6 Barbara November 19, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Oh my gosh! Your photo made my mouth water!
    Great recipe! ( gotta have drumsticks- they’re my favorite!)


    7 Erica November 19, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Thank you guys for the comments!


    8 Jhonny Walker November 19, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    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?



    9 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie November 19, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    This chicken looks totally droolworthy! Great pics!


    10 Sophie November 19, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    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!


    11 Juliana November 19, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Oh! Your chicken legs look yummie, interesting that you add white vinegar…makes my mouth water ;-)


    12 Gera @ SweetsFoods November 19, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Erica love roasted chicken and as you said you tend following the smell of it. Wonderful flavors on this recipe!!




    13 Erica November 19, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Thank you all so much for reading my post! I truly appreciate all your comments :-)


    14 Oysterculture November 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    You’re killing me with all these yummy ideas – and I am trying so hard t be good for Thanksgiving.


    15 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 19, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Thankyou for sharing this recipe! I haven’t had much Columbian food so I’m really interested in trying this! :D


    16 Velva November 19, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Erica- I love your recipes. This would be a fabulous weeknight mea that can be prepared the night before. I am printing this recipe!


    17 Respondon November 19, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    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.


    18 Tangled Noodle November 19, 2009 at 9:41 PM

    If there’s room, I’ll join you in Medellin at Kokoriko! These are some of the most perfect looking roasted chicken drumsticks I’ve seen in a long time.


    19 Barabara Bakes November 19, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    I am so glad I stopped by your blog. This chicken looks fabulous! I can almost smell it too! I look forward to more wonderful recipes!


    20 Danielle November 20, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    what a perfectly wonderful combo of seasonings! I’ll have to give this a try


    21 Ivy November 20, 2009 at 2:08 AM

    Those drumsticks look full of flavour and so delicious.


    22 Erica November 20, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    Jhonny- You can find some of the stuff I use in my amazon store!


    23 Erica November 20, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    Thank you all for visiting!


    24 nora@ffr November 20, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    sure gonna make this for dinner!! m sure my husband would love it!!


    25 Soma November 21, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    What a beautiful color you have on the chicken there. Would be lovely with the potatoes.


    26 Felisha November 22, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    How did I miss this post? lol. Looks delicious :)


    27 Anna November 24, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Erica not only the chicken look amazing but I’m sure must taste delicious.


    28 Muneeba November 25, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    This is simple and perfect for a weeknight treat … I think I’ll pair these with your to-die-for saffron mashed potatoes!


    29 Erica November 27, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Thank you everyone! Glad you liked it!


    30 Erica December 28, 2009 at 1:21 AM

    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 :)


    31 WENDY January 28, 2010 at 3:57 PM



    32 Respondon September 3, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    I finally got around to making this, and it was delicious. It really works!


    33 valerie September 29, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    OMG Kokoriko!!!! I am SO trying this !!!! Thanks!!!


    34 Diana November 8, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    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!


    35 viviana March 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    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!!!!


    36 Erica March 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Paprika is not spicy and lucky you :) I miss Kokoriko!


    37 Sherri November 18, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    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!


    38 Sherri November 18, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    “Son” instead of “my”, sorry!


    39 Vanessa October 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    I made this today,it’s so delicious!! Thank you


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