Pollo a la Plancha (Grilled Chicken)

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This pollo a la plancha is the easiest Latin recipe that you can find for a busy weeknight dinner.

In almost every country of Latin America this recipe has its own version. Today I’ll show you the Venezuelan version of pollo a la plancha.

This is basically grilled chicken. And there is not rocket science to get a nicely cooked grilled chicken. What makes it different and somehow special is the seasoning.

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How to season pollo a la plancha?

The main flavor is Worcestershire sauce. As I’ve explained before in my pollo guisado recipe, in Venezuela we use this type of sauce to season meat — especially chicken — and to make marinades and stews.

The next ingredients are the dry ones:

  1. Dry oregano: Even when oregano is mostly used for pasta sauce it adds a strong fragrance to meats.
  2. Garlic powder: Garlic is a staple in the Venezuelan cuisine. To season a chicken breast is better to use the powder version because it sticks to the skin way better during the grilling process.
  3. Cumin: This is another strong and pungent flavor but again it is what makes this simple grilled chicken something else. Because of its strong flavor you will need just a sprinkle of cumin to get the desired flavor.

As you may see this is an extremely easy recipe. You can use a green salad as a side or just plain white rice.

My favorite sides with this recipe are:

Avocado and broccoli salad

Caramelized sweet potatoes

Creamy broccoli

I hope you enjoy this recipe and I see you in the next one.

4.5 from 2 votes
Pollo a la Plancha (Grilled Chicken)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
This pollo a la plancha is the easiest Latin recipe that you can find for a busy weeknight dinner.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Venezuelan
Keyword: grilled chicken, pollo a la plancha
Servings: 2 people
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts butterflied
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Season the chicken with the Worcestershire sauce, the oregano, the garlic powder, the cumin, salt, and pepper. Let it marinate for 10-20 minutes (optional for extra flavor but you can cook it right away).
  2. Heat a grill pan or a cast iron pan over medium heat and pour the olive oil. Cook the chicken 5-7 minutes each side until is fully cooked.
  3. Serve with salad or rice.

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