The secret to this simple grilled chicken is a very powerful marinade and 'roasting' it slowly over semi-indirect heat on the grill.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Whisk garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, black pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, and vinegar together in a large bowl.

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  • Make 2 slashes on the skin side down to the bone in the thigh section and 1 in the leg section of each leg quarter. This will help infuse pieces with marinade and allow faster cooking on the grill. Season both sides of chicken generously with kosher salt. Transfer to bowl with marinade and thoroughly coat all sides. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 4 to 12 hours.

  • Transfer chicken to paper-towel-lined sheet pan to drain slightly.

  • Place leg quarters on grill skin side down over semi-direct heat (avoid intense direct heat so chicken cooks evenly and skin doesn't burn). Cook 6 or 7 minutes. Turn chicken and cook another 6 to 7 minutes. Continue cooking and turning until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), 8 to 10 more minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

Chef's Note:

This is so flavorful that you really don't need a sauce, but some fresh lemon is nice, as is a spicy yogurt. Just squeeze a little lemon into some nice thick, Greek yogurt, spike it with hot sauce, and you have a perfect condiment.

Nutrition Facts

449 calories; 29.7 g total fat; 140 mg cholesterol; 134 mg sodium. 4.5 g carbohydrates; 40 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2018
It's a perfect go-to recipe as - is. I recently tripled it put everything in the blender (used whole cloves of garlic) blended and poured. Using the blender gave a more even coating of spices (especially the chili flakes). Perfect marinade. Use any chicken cut you like I've used thighs and breasts both with skin on/off. I frequently precook for dinner parties and this is a favorite. I marinated the breasts overnight grilled fast and hot and load everything into an electric skillet. Then I boiled the marinade added chicken stock then it is just heat and eat for tender flavorful chicken with a grilled flavor but less work at party time. Today I'll serve this with a greek salad greek yogurt on the side (as a dip) good bread and wine. Viola' Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/03/2017
Mild flavors but only marinated for 30 minutes. Try again with proper 4 hour wait time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2018
It's a perfect go-to recipe as - is. I recently tripled it put everything in the blender (used whole cloves of garlic) blended and poured. Using the blender gave a more even coating of spices (especially the chili flakes). Perfect marinade. Use any chicken cut you like I've used thighs and breasts both with skin on/off. I frequently precook for dinner parties and this is a favorite. I marinated the breasts overnight grilled fast and hot and load everything into an electric skillet. Then I boiled the marinade added chicken stock then it is just heat and eat for tender flavorful chicken with a grilled flavor but less work at party time. Today I'll serve this with a greek salad greek yogurt on the side (as a dip) good bread and wine. Viola' Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2018
It's a perfect go-to recipe as - is. I recently tripled it put everything in the blender (used whole cloves of garlic) blended and poured. Using the blender gave a more even coating of spices (especially the chili flakes). Perfect marinade. Use any chicken cut you like I've used thighs and breasts both with skin on/off. I frequently precook for dinner parties and this is a favorite. I marinated the breasts overnight grilled fast and hot and load everything into an electric skillet. Then I boiled the marinade added chicken stock then it is just heat and eat for tender flavorful chicken with a grilled flavor but less work at party time. Today I'll serve this with a greek salad greek yogurt on the side (as a dip) good bread and wine. Viola' Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2017
I love this marinade. I used this on a big pack of chicken breasts. I pounded the breasts and marinated overnight just because I didn't have time to cook them. Grill them the next day. With the leftovers I let them cool and I sliced the chicken on the diagonal for chicken strips. I froze half of it to use later on salads pita bread (gyros) etc. The only slight difference was I used half oregano and half majoram. I think I must have read that on his website. I had the majoram on hand that I needed to use. My new standard marinade! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2017
Fabulous!! I was only able to marinate our chicken for the minimum of 4 hours but the flavor was very evident. I made NO CHANGES to this recipe. My husband grilled this over a charcoal fire and I served it with a Greek salad--everyone loved it. Saving this one--thanks Chef John once again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2018
Really good but need to make just a few minor changes for next time. I need to use fresh garlic and lemon juice next time. Also way better if it marinated overnight. Lastly it takes a lot longer on the grill than it says so the drumsticks are not bloody. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2018
This marinade is fabulous! I made it for a dinner party and used chicken breasts instead. Let them marinate overnight and the end result was a deliciously tender and oh-so-flavorful entree. Highly recommend! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2018
As usual Chef John does it again. This chicken is delicious...I wouldn't change a thing in the marinade. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs because that's all I had on hand and it still turned out beautifully. I only had 3 1/2 hours to marinate but that was plenty of time for the cuts I used. Something in the marinade gave a wonderful crusted chicken effect - don't know why but it was great. I served it with the chopped salad Chef John suggests in his video. I added a bit of chopped cilantro and sprinkled it with some feta cheese. Made quite a hit. So simple.....I'll be making this often. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2017
Made it exactly as written. Easy and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/01/2017
Quick marinade and very citrus it is a very quick way to cook a few chicken thighs Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2017
This was an excellent recipe! I used chicken thighs and drumsticks but only because my family does not like chicken leg quarters. I prepared the marinade in the morning and let the chicken marinate all day. It was a big hit with the whole family! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/03/2017
Mild flavors but only marinated for 30 minutes. Try again with proper 4 hour wait time. Read More
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