Pollo alla Diavola

I have one disclaimer here, I love chicken! No matter how it’s prepared it’s my go-to meal. But, whether or not you are a crazy “pollo” fan like me, you will love having this dish in your recipe rotation! A spicy rub of cayenne pepper, paprika, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper sets the tone while flame grilling provides the backdrop to devil’s style chicken! But don’t worry, it’s definitely not too hot to savor every last bite.

I don’t, but I literally could eat chicken every, single night … I love it so much! It’s become a family joke and my parents always poke fun at me, asking “what kind of chicken are we having tonight”? One night while visiting our daughter in NYC, we tried out a new restaurant in The Village and it seems that three of the four of us were craving chicken. The only option on the menu for chicken lovers was Pollo alla Diavola (devil’s chicken) so-called for the spicy nature and flame-grilling of the dish. I had never had it before, but it is possibly the best chicken dish I’ve ever eaten. In fact, it registered such a high note with us that it’s in our regular bi-weekly meal rotation!

I made it for a dinner party one night, and even though most recipes call for the whole spatchcocked chicken, we purchased Mary’s bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts and it was devilishly divine! Our son suggested it as an alternative to my regular hot and spicy wing recipe, and it was awesome as a rub on wings, too. If you like spices and chicken, you just can’t go wrong with this recipe. Last time I made the rub, I quadrupled the recipe and made a whole spice jar full. This makes it super easy when you have a craving for this dish at the last minute!

Pollo alla Diavola

Bone-in chicken breast, basted in spicy Diavola rub, grilled to get the nice brown edges and then finished off in the oven to keep the chicken nice and moist.
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Grill Time 14 mins


  • 4 chicken breasts bone-in and skin on
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground Himalayan pink salt or your favorite salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika smoked, spicy or Moroccan
  • 4 bay leaves left whole


  • Mix all spices, salt, and herbs in a small bowl. Set aside 4 teaspoons of the spice mixture and stir into olive oil. Save for later. (You may want to double the basting sauce to use as a dipping sauce, too.)
  • About one hour prior to cooking, rub the remaining spice mixture over each chicken breast to cover the entire breast on both sides. Tuck one bay leaf between the skin and meat of each chicken breast.
  • Grill over medium heat on the barbecue for approximately 7 minutes per side. Remove from grill and place it in a baking dish. Brush chicken breasts with olive oil-spice mixture. Continue to cook in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 25 to 30 minutes, or until the desired doneness. Note* the time will vary based upon the size of the chicken breast.
  • Serve hot and spicy with BBQ’d corn, rice, or potatoes. Also, we love to make a little extra of the Diavola olive oil basting sauce for dipping during the meal!
Course: Main Course
Keyword: chicken, diavola

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