Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
6 Hours
Makes 6 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Pulse first 12 ingredients in a food processor 20 seconds or until finely chopped. Reserve and chill 1/2 cup of mixture for later use. Place chicken in a large bowl; add remaining mixture, and toss gently to coat. Cover and chill 4 to 8 hours.

Step 2

Place 3 cups dry applewood chips in center of 1 (18-inch) square piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil; repeat with remaining chips and another piece of foil. Wrap to form 2 envelopes. Pierce several holes in each packet.

Step 3

Light 1 side of grill, heating to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat; leave other side unlit. Place 1 applewood smoke packet, with holes facing up, on lit side.

Step 4

Pat excess moisture from chicken with paper towels, leaving marinade on skin. Sprinkle chicken with desired amount of salt and pepper. Carefully move smoke packet to unlit side of grill. Place chicken over lit side, and grill, without grill lid, 4 to 6 minutes on each side or just until grill marks appear. Transfer chicken, skin side up, back to unlit side of grill; carefully move smoke packet back to lit side for the remainder of cooking. Grill, covered with grill lid and turning pieces occasionally, 1 hour and 30 minutes or until skin is golden brown and meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 165°, replacing smoke packet halfway through. Let stand 10 minutes; serve with reserved sauce.

Ratings & Reviews

Great smoked flavor

July 02, 2015
Very good. So flavorful and juicy. Did not marinate long as I should.

Smoked Mojo Chicken Leg Quarters

June 29, 2015
 These chicken legs were VERY GOOD!  Used green jalapenos instead of red because grocery store didnt have red.  Since I didnt have a processor I just chopped everything real fine and marinated chicken overnight.  Chicken was so yummy and moist and skin perfectly browned not burnt.  Thinking of making a pork shoulder roast with this marinade next.