Crispy skin, tender meat and charred skin make for a delicious dinner main. Plus, the blend of paprika, cumin and cinnamon match deliciously with the chicken. You can eat this grilled chicken as-is--perhaps with a side of grilled vegetables and roasted potatoes--or shred it and put it in a salad.

Robby Melvin
Source:, October 2019


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Stir together paprika, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cayenne, and 1 teaspoon of the salt in a small bowl. If applicable, remove giblets from chicken and reserve for another use. Place chicken, breast side down, on a cutting board. Using poultry shears, cut along both sides of backbone; remove backbone. (Discard backbone, or reserve for stock.) Turn chicken to face breast side up; open the underside of chicken like a book. Using the heel of your hand, press firmly against breastbone until it cracks. Tuck wing tips under chicken. Drizzle oil evenly over both sides of chicken; sprinkle all over with spice mixture. Place in a large ziplock plastic bag; seal and refrigerate at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.

  • Remove chicken from refrigerator; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Preheat a gas grill to medium-low (300 degrees F to 350 degrees F) on one side, or push hot coals to one side of a charcoal grill. Place chicken, skin side down, on oiled grates over lit side of grill. Place a very heavy skillet or aluminum foil-wrapped brick on chicken to flatten. Grill chicken, covered, until well browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Turn chicken over; move to unlit side of grill. Place skillet or brick on chicken to flatten. Cover and grill until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast registers 165 degrees F, about 35 minutes. Remove from grill; let rest 10 minutes. Cut chicken into pieces. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts

226 calories; protein 36g 72% DV; carbohydrates 1g; exchange other carbs; dietary fiber 1g 4% DV; sugarsg; fat 8g 12% DV; saturated fat 2g 10% DV; cholesterol -1mg; vitamin a iu -1IU; niacin equivalents 27.3mg 210% DV; vitamin b6 1mg 61% DV; vitamin c -1mg -2% DV; folate -1mcg; calcium -1mg; iron -1mg -6% DV; magnesium -1mg; potassium -1mg; sodium 510mg 20% DV; thiamin -1mg -100% DV; calories from fat 72kcal; percent of calories from carbs 1; percent of calories from fat 32; percent of calories from protein 65; percent of calories from sat fat 8.