DIY Recipe: How to make the best charcoal grilled chicken

Charcoal grilled chicken is a beloved dish known for its smoky flavor and tender meat.

Grilled chicken

Perfect for gatherings or a family meal, this recipe will guide you through the process of making a mouth-watering grilled chicken, infused with flavors that resonate with your taste.


  • 1 whole chicken, cut to preferred sizes
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 small onion, finely grated
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Spices of your choice


  • Charcoal grill
  • Grill tongs
  • Aluminum foil (optional)


  1. Marinating the chicken:
  • In a large bowl, combine groundnut oil, ginger paste, garlic paste, paprika, thyme, cayenne pepper, salt, lemon juice, grated onion, black pepper, and preferred spices. Mix well to create the marinade.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, ensuring each piece is well coated.
  • Cover the bowl and let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
  1. Preparing the charcoal grill:
  • Light up your charcoal grill and let the coals burn until they are white-hot. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes.
  • Arrange the coals to create an even heat distribution.
  1. Grilling the chicken:
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off any excess.
  • Place the chicken pieces on the grill. If you prefer less direct heat, you can wrap the chicken in aluminum foil.
  • Grill the chicken, turning occasionally, for about 25-30 minutes or until it's thoroughly cooked. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C).
  1. Serving:
  • Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes.
  • Serve hot, accompanied by your favorite sides such as jollof rice, grilled vegetables, or a fresh salad.


  • Marinating the chicken for a longer time enhances the flavor.
  • Keep an eye on the grill to prevent the chicken from burning.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked safely.

Enjoy your homemade charcoal grilled chicken with friends and family!


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