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Pollo Asado - Mexican Grilled Chicken

Updated: Mar 27, 2021

Pollo Asado is pretty common in my house, I make a lot of chicken tacos and burritos. So, this recipe is in rotation several times a week. Its an inexpensive meal and is very easy to make. The best part is you can do so much with it, tacos, salads, burritos, sandwiches. I mean you name it; I am sure this grilled marinated chicken you can do so much with it. Its tasty and easy to do, I hope you enjoy it!


3lbs of boneless chicken thighs

4 California chili pods

4 Guajillo Chili pods

1/2 onion

4 garlic cloves or 2 large cloves

1 orange

1 lime

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp cumin

2 tsp salt or to taste, but the marinade needs to be a little saltier, the meat doesn’t absorb all the sodium. So season slightly heavy.

2/3 cup white vinegar

Cooking Instructions:

Let the chicken marinate, the longer the better. If I have time, 48 hours is my go-to. If I am in a crunch, I let it marinate over night.

I like to grill Pollo Asado over Mesquite wood lump charcoal and Apple wood chunks. This gives a nice smokey flavor with a little sweetness. It blends well with the marinade.

Place 1 chimney of lit charcoal on one side, and place your chicken on the other side. Reverse sear or indirect heat. Let cook for 15 – 20 minutes, then sear both sides for about 1 min each. Just enough to give it some darkness and char.

Serve how you want to and enjoy!

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