Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Legs Under Bricks

Jamie Purviance

Fuel Type:
  • People

    Serves 4

  • Marinating Time

    4 to 6 h

  • Grilling Time

    40 to 45 mins

  • Prep Time

    25 mins


the Ingredients

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  • Completed step ½ cup packed roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Completed step ⅓ cup packed roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Completed step ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Completed step 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • Completed step 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Completed step 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Completed step 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Completed step 2 teaspoons paprika
  • Completed step 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Completed step 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Completed step 4 whole chicken legs, each 10 to 12 ounces, trimmed of excess fat and skin
  • Completed step 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Completed step 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh mint leaves

Special Equipment

  • sheet pan
  • 2 foil-wrapped bricks

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  • In a small bowl combine the marinade ingredients.
  • Cut a few deep slashes in the meaty part of each chicken leg. Place the chicken in a large resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place in a bowl, and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours, turning the bag occasionally.
  • Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium-high heat (400° to 500°F).
  • Remove the chicken from the bag and discard the marinade. Place the chicken, skin side down, over indirect medium-high heat. Place a sheet pan on top of the chicken and weight it down with two foil-wrapped bricks. Close the lid and cook until golden around the edges, 20 to 25 minutes. Wearing barbecue mitts, remove the bricks and sheet pan and, using a large spatula, carefully turn the chicken legs over, being careful not to tear the skin. Replace the pan and weight, close the lid, and cook until the juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink at the bone, about 20 minutes more. If desired, to crisp the skin, remove the weight, turn the chicken skin side down, and grill over direct heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from the grill, garnish with the cilantro and mint, and serve warm.

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