Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

In our house, we have a staple recipe called “Leaping Frog Chicken”. I won’t beat around the coup. It’s delicious, so I thought I’d share it with you. Beware, it’s addictive.

Leaping Frog Chicken


  • 3 ½ – 4 lbs bone-in/skin-on chicken thighs (boneless/skinless will work as well)
  • 16 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 6 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2-3 lemons, each cut into rounds so that each piece of chicken gets one round


  • Cut off excess fat from chicken (if desired) and pat dry.
  • Purée garlic with olive oil, paprika, oregano, cumin, allspice, sea salt, and pepper in a food processor or Magic Bullet until smooth.
  • Place chicken in a large bowl or baking dish and generously rub the marinade all over the chicken.
  • If you are using skin-on chicken thighs, position one lemon slice with a bit of marinade under the skin of each thigh.
  • Let the chicken marinate for 4-12 hours, if possible (although we’ve applied the marinade just before grilling and it still turned out great).


  • Prepare grill for indirect-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium-high heat for gas).
  • Oil grill rack, then grill chicken directly over coals or over medium-high gas grill, turning once (more if flare-ups occur), until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Move chicken to area of grill with no flame underneath (for gas, turn off 2 burners if necessary and turn remaining burner on high) and grill on indirect heat, covered, turning occasionally until chicken is cooked through, 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


SERVES: 8 -12

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, June 2009

Serve with kale Caesar salad and baked sweet potato fries.

Let me know what you think!

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Dr. Geoff LecovinNaturopathic Physician/Chiropractor/Acupuncturist/Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist/Corrective Exercise Specialist/Performance Enhancement Specialist/Certified Sports Nutritionist/View all posts by Dr. Geoff Lecovin