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9 April, 2013

Djej Mechoui

Posted in : Poultry, Recipes, The Grill on by : el Meza

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HsH02294-1Djej Mechoui- BBQ Grilled Chicken

The perfect grilled chicken… No, you’re not dreaming… Indulge your taste buds with this authentic garlicky gourmet lebanese grilled chicken. It’s secret is in the marinade! The good part is that it’s rather easy to make. This recipe is perfect for all occasions!

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Number of servings (yield): 6


  • 6 pieces of chicken (breast and/or leg quarters with skin) or whole butterfly cut chicken
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic head
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1.5 to 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Arabic 7-Spices or allspice

Marinade and Preparation Method (20 minutes)

Rub the raw chicken with half a cup of vinegar and then rinse well with cold water. Make cuts in chicken pieces (for marinade to seep through).

In a blender or food processor, grind/crush for 3-4 minutes the garlic along with the lemon juice, 1/2 cup of red vinegar, salt, and 7-spices. Once done, add the olive oil then run the blender for 1 more minute. Your marinade is now ready. Reserve 1/4 of the marinade for later use.

Place chicken in a bowl, add a few lemon slices (with peel), pour marinade on and let sit in the fridge overnight. The longer you marinate the chicken the more flavor it will have.

Grilling the Chicken (~20 minutes)

Grill the marinated chicken on a BBQ as you would other chicken, on low to medium heat for about an hour. In the first 30 minutes of grilling, brush the reserved marinade on the chicken occasionally so they stay moist and absorb more marinade flavor.

garlic-dipServe chicken with our Lebanese Garlic Dip and Pita bread.


Bon appétit!










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