Pollo Asado

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This delightfully marinated and grilled chicken comes out so juicy and tender – you are going to love it. This simple recipe for Pollo Asado is one you are going to want to pin for sure! You get such a delicious depth of flavor from the orange juice and chipotle peppers. It has a sweet heat that gets a smoky finish when you cook it on the grill.

Pollo Asado

Chicken is one of those proteins that can be put into any cuisine and it will shine. We eat chicken at least three times a week – and not just because we raise our own meat chickens. Everyone in our family loves to each chicken – light or dark meat, bone-in or boneless skinless. In fact I have quite a few great chicken recipes for your to check out! My Chicken Recipes

Pollo Asado

Using the marinate to baste the chicken builds up the flavors to the next level. Be sure that you get the marinade to a full boil before putting it back on the meat. You need to cook out any bacteria that may be left over from the raw chicken. If you want to use it as a sauce on the final plate of food, you really need to make sure that it’s cooked all the way through. It has great flavor and can add a nice layer to you whole meal. If you are going to debone the meat before serving, its a good idea to add a bit of sauce to the shredded meat.

Pollo Asado

You can serve this on the bone or you can pull it off before serving. I like to serve it on the bone because my crew isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty. When I make a meat like this, I usually do a bean and rice side – like this time I made ranchero style-black beans and a Mexican rice. And then I warm up some flour tortillas. We tear off a piece of tortilla, puts some beans, rice and chicken into it and chow down!

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Pollo Asado

A delightfully marinated grilled chicken with flavors of citrus and chipotle peppers
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword Chicken, chipotle, grilled, grilled chicken, grilling, marinade, marinated chicken, orange juice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating Time 4 hours
Servings 6


  • 6 Chicken Thighs bone-in
  • 6 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 7oz can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce chopped
  • ¼ cup Lime Juice
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • ¼ cup Oil


  • Combine all ingredients except chicken in a gallon sized zipper bag. Add chicken and seal bag. Let marinate in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (up to 24hours).
  • Preheat grill to medium high (425degF).
  • Remove chicken from bag but DO NOT discard the marinade. Place chicken on grill, once hot, and let cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add marinade to sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring just to boil then reduce heat to medium low.
  • Brush chicken with cooked marinade and flip each piece. Cook another 10 minutes. Brush again and test chicken meat thermometer (needs to be at least 165degF in the thickest piece). *If not yet to temperature, brush again and flip. Check and brush every 5 minutes until temperature has been achieved.

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6 thoughts on “Pollo Asado

  1. EsmeSalon – I help Entrepreneurs | Innovators | Bloggers & Home Chefs, so please check around and let me know if I can assist in any way. We have a weekly InLinkz party, and it’s free to join, so I hope to meet you there!
    EsmeSalon says:

    Tasty, super tasty indeed. Pinned it Estelle.

    Carol says:

    Yum, yum – looks delicious

  3. Irene – Southern Ontario, Canada – Mexican born with Japanese background living in Canada who loves science, cooking and gardening
    Irene says:

    Hi, Estelle; your pollo asado sounds and looks delicious!

  4. This sounds so tasty! I just love chicken– tonight we’re having pineapple teriyaki chicken and I can’t wait! Though I am wishing that the storm brewing outside will pass over us in time to cook it on the grill.

  5. I would have never thought to use orange juice with chicken, although I do like a sweet heat when it comes to food. I can just bet I would love this one. I like the way you suggest tortillas, rice, and mixing in the chicken. Sounds delicious to me! Thanks for sharing.

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