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4.34 from 9 votes

Mexican Style Smoked Whole Chicken

Learn how to make a perfectly juicy smoked whole chicken marinated in an authentic Mexican chile salsa and smoked on a wood pellet grill using Kingsford's 100% Hardwood Pellets!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Marinade Time8 hrs
Total Time11 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Smoked Chicken, Whole Chicken, Wood Pellet Grill
Servings: 10 People
Calories: 223kcal


  • 1 Whole Young Chicken
  • 2 Ancho Chiles
  • 2 Guajillo Peppers
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/4 White Onion
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 Peppercorns
  • 1 Clove
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/2 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Thyme
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1/8 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Stick of Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp Mustard
  • Salt to taste


  • Remove the seeds from the the dry Ancho Chiles and Guajillo Peppers and then boil for 10 minutes in water. Strain and set aside.
  • Saute the chiles from the first step with the tomato, onion, garlic, peppercorns, clove, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, oregano and thyme in a frying pan with a small amount of oil for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add the ingredients from the previous step to a blender with the cumin, paprika, orange juice, vinegar and salt and blend until it is as smooth as possible. Set aside
  • In a large bowl that is big enough for the whole chicken to fit, coat the chicken with butter, mayonnaise, mustard and salt.
  • Add the marinade and make sure the inside and outside of the chicken is completely covered.
  • Let it marinate for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat wood pellet grill to 300 degrees F. Add the chicken, breast side up and cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Remove from the grill, and let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.


Serving: 1Person | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2475IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg
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