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Grilled Sweet Guava Chicken

Prep time 20 mins
Chill time 8 hrs
Grill time 1 hr, 10 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings
Ask your butcher to cut chickens in half for you, or substitute chicken breasts and leg quarters. Most grills have hot and cooler spots, so plan to rotate the chicken from one area to another for more even cooking.


  • 2 (3 1/2-pound) whole chickens*
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed
  • Guava Glaze
  • Garnishes: lemon half, lime half, sliced papaya

How to Make It

  1. Cut each whole chicken in half, and set aside.

  2. Stir together cumin, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

  3. Combine 4 teaspoons cumin mixture, olive oil, lime juice, and garlic in a shallow dish or large zip-top plastic freezer bag; reserve remaining cumin mixture. Add chicken to dish or bag; cover or seal, and chill 8 hours or up to 24 hours, turning occasionally.

  4. Light one side of grill, heating to high heat (400° to 500°); leave the other side unlit. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Pat dry with paper towels. Rub reserved cumin mixture over chicken. Arrange, skin side up, on unlit side of grill, and grill, covered with grill lid, 40 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of thigh and breast registers 150°.

  5. Brush chicken with Guava Glaze. Grill, covered with grill lid, 30 more minutes or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of thigh registers 180° and thickest portion of breast registers 170°, brushing every 10 minutes with glaze. Cut chicken halves in half between breast and thigh to make 8 serving-size pieces.

  6. *Substitute 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts and 4 chicken leg quarters, if desired.