Coffee Cocoa Grilled Chicken

A mildly spiced and easy grilled chicken, spiked with coffee and cocoa…




Coffee and chocolate in a chicken recipe is something that we can’t imagine. It is challenges like Shh Cooking Secretly that pushes boundaries to try new dimensions to cooking. My family isn’t very receptive to too much adjustment these days but at times, ingredients like chicken make it a tad bit easier. That is why I decided to sign up for this month’s theme of “Fear not the bitter”, suggested by the lovely Seema. She has always been very innovative when it comes to her ideas. I was paired with  Swaty from Food Trails, with whom I have previously worked with during this month. for the and after a little discussion, she decided to keep cocoa powder and paprika as my ingredients.


I have been seeing recipes using coffee and cocoa sauce to go along with chicken, but then I came across this recipe and decided to adapt the same. First of all, I wanted a quick fix that wouldn’t take too much of my time. It is getting really hot and the hectic days I have had over the past couple of weeks haven’t been making my life easier. I was a little apprehensive if the recipe would work out, nonetheless I still went ahead with it with a few adjustments. I cooked it with very little olive oil on a grill pan till done and made some pan fried French fries to go with it, which got burned in the process of concentrating on the chicken! Hehe… Of late, I have been burning too many things! HD really loved it. In fact, you won’t even make out the presence of coffee and cocoa powder in it unless you would tell about it. While you go ahead to view the recipe, do check out what Swaty made with her secret ingredients of green apple and mint…



5 from 9 votes

Coffee Cocoa Grilled Chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine International
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Author Rafeeda AR


  • 500 gm chicken peices bone in, meduim sized
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp roast coffee powder not instant
  • 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Oil as needed


  • Combine all the ingredients except the chicken and oil in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the washed and drained chicken and coat well. Allow it to marinate for 30 minutes.
  • In a grill pan, brush some oil. Cook the chicken on meduim flame, by turning both sides till done.
  • Serve hot with sides as required.


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  1. 5 stars
    Rafeeda that is the shortest chicken recipe I have come across. Interesting how it comes together so quickly. While I don’t eat chicken, this recipe is something that hubby wouldn’t mind following and trying out. Interestingly, cocoa and dark chocolate have been used for eons in authentic Mexican recipes. Quite surprised that coffee too is used.

  2. Seema Sriram says:

    5 stars
    I am sure I can adapt this amazing rub on many vegetables or tofu. You said roast coffee and I could almost smell the aroma here. This will be one happy home recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Using coffee and cocoa in a rub is so interesting..Must be super flavourful and very fragrant, I’m sure. Would definitely love to adapt this rub to a vegetarian recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    Loving the simplicity of this grilled Chicken with Coffee and Cocoa. Would love trying this as a marinade for paneer or mushrooms.

  5. 5 stars
    Coffee cocoa grilled chicken sounds delicious. Fabulous treat for all chicken lovers . I am sure this quick recipe will be a great hit.

  6. 5 stars
    Very interesting and unique recipe for chicken lovers. Cannot imagine the combination of coffee and cocoa with chicken. Surely your family enjoyed this chicken..

  7. 5 stars
    Coffee and cocoa as a marinade sounds really interesting. I am beginning to imagine the lovely flavor it must have imparted.

  8. 5 stars
    This is such a nice twist to the usual chicken recipe. Loved the addition of coffee and cocoa, it looks flavoursome and ideal for the weekend menu.

  9. Anu Kollon says:

    Coffee powder and cocoa powder in grilled chicken is new to me. It is such a unique and interesting dish and would definitely try it.

  10. 5 stars
    Coffee cocoa grilled chicken is bursting with a lot of flavors. Such an innovative and interesting idea.

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