Pollo Asado is Latin style roasted chicken full of flavor. This is my simple Colombian version of roasted chicken legs. Easy and quick recipe for a weeknight meal.
Colombian-Style Roasted Chicken Legs (Piernas de Pollo Asadas a mi Estilo Colombiano)
- 12 chicken drumsticks skin on
- Cooking spray
- 5 scallions chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- ½ cup chopped white onion
- ½ cup fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 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.
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.
I should try this soon for my nephew. He loves fried chicken and would be great to try a new flavor.
The color on that chicken is perfection! I just wanna grab one and gobble it up 😀
oh wow I am making this today Erica hubby is of to get the cilantro!
OOh!!! Yummy Yummy Chicken...Love to have this any time..Gotta try this soon..Excellent pic too...
Son muy sabrosas
I will try this ! I must try this ! Yummy !!!!
Have a sweet and beautiful day, Erica 😉
Oh my gosh! Your photo made my mouth water!
Great recipe! ( gotta have drumsticks- they're my favorite!)
Thank you guys for the comments!
Thank you Erica for all your recipies ....keeps our land close to our hearts.☺
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?
Natasha - 5 Star Foodie
This chicken looks totally droolworthy! Great pics!
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!
Do you think this recipe can be used with breasts?
Yes, the cooking time is going to be different. Depending on the breast size and if it's bone in.
Oh! Your chicken legs look yummie, interesting that you add white vinegar...makes my mouth water 😉
Gera @ SweetsFoods
Erica love roasted chicken and as you said you tend following the smell of it. Wonderful flavors on this recipe!!
Thank you all so much for reading my post! I truly appreciate all your comments 🙂
You're killing me with all these yummy ideas - and I am trying so hard t be good for Thanksgiving.
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
Thankyou for sharing this recipe! I haven't had much Columbian food so I'm really interested in trying this! 😀
Erica- I love your recipes. This would be a fabulous weeknight mea that can be prepared the night before. I am printing this recipe!
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.
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.
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!
what a perfectly wonderful combo of seasonings! I'll have to give this a try
Those drumsticks look full of flavour and so delicious.
Jhonny- You can find some of the stuff I use in my amazon store!
Thank you all for visiting!
sure gonna make this for dinner!! m sure my husband would love it!!
What a beautiful color you have on the chicken there. Would be lovely with the potatoes.
How did I miss this post? lol. Looks delicious 🙂
Erica not only the chicken look amazing but I'm sure must taste delicious.
This is simple and perfect for a weeknight treat ... I think I'll pair these with your to-die-for saffron mashed potatoes!
Thank you everyone! Glad you liked it!
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.
TRYN THIS TONITE. ALREADY HAVE IT MARINATING!!!!!!!!!!!! 😎
I finally got around to making this, and it was delicious. It really works!
OMG Kokoriko!!!! I am SO trying this !!!! Thanks!!!
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!
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!!!!
Paprika is not spicy and lucky you 🙂 I miss Kokoriko!
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!
"Son" instead of "my", sorry!
I made this today,it's so delicious!! Thank you
Have you made these on an outdoor grill? If so, how? They look delicious!!
Just made this chicken after marinating 36 hour. Got rave reviews! I love the Comobian flavor, and this chicken was perfect! Gracias!
Making this chicken for the second time. It was outstanding!! I am a gringa from Miami and LOVE Colombian food. Delicious!!! Thanks again!!!