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Coffee Chicken Recipe

An old wise tale places the origin of coffee on the lands of an Ethiopian goat herder in the year 850. As goes myth, the herder one day noticed his goats chewing berries of a peculiar-looking bush. The goats than began acting strange—energetic. The herder himself decided to indulge, and experienced what one might expect after eating raw coffee: heightened energy and sensitivity.

Perplexed, the herder took a handful of the berries to a nearby monastery. The monk there disapproved of the drug-like effects and threw the coffee into a fireplace. The scent of burning coffee attracted other monks, who, in ebullient curiosity, swept the roasted berries out from the fire. They ground them up in a mortar and filtered the dust into a container of water, supposedly inventing the world's first cup of coffee.

This is Coffee Chicken, and below is a coffee chicken recipe as well as historical background on coffee and chicken. To marinate or marinade the chicken, you need to refrigerate 1 to 2 hours with the coffee rub. Before marinating, be sure to rub the coffee marinade into the chicken breasts very well, or use a plastic bag to shake the marinade in well. You can serve this with green beans, broccoli, and brown baked beans. This coffee chicken recipe is sure to make you a barbecue favorite for holidays and weekends. Check out the recipe below.

Prep: 10 min | Cooking: 10 min | Marinate: 1-2 hrs | Total: 1-2 hr 20 min

Serves 6


  • Olive oil (4 tbsp)

  • Ground coffee beans (1 tbsp)

  • Chili powder (1 tbsp)

  • Cumin (2 tsp)

  • Garlic powder (2 tsp)

  • Brown sugar (1 tbsp)

  • Cinnamon (1 tsp)

  • Salt (1 1/2 tsp)

  • Pepper (1 tsp)

  • Liquid smoke (1 tbsp)

  • Chicken breasts (6 breasts)


  1. In a cereal bowl, combine olive oil, coffee, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and liquid smoke. Place chicken and marinade in a large sealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

  2. Preheat grill to high. Remove chicken from bag and grill for 5 minutes on each side. Serve with greens and beans.

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