Pollo Asado

Pollo asado, or grilled chicken, is a classic and flavorful dish in Mexican cuisine. Here’s a simple recipe to make pollo asado at home:


  • – 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • – 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken drumsticks
  • – 1/4 cup orange juice
  • – 1/4 cup lime juice
  • – 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • – 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • – 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • – 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • – 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • – 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • – 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • – 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • – 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • – Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • – Lime wedges, for serving


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the orange juice, lime juice, lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil, ground cumin, dried oregano, smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to combine.

2. Add the chicken thighs and drumsticks to the marinade, turning to coat them evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the chicken and marinade to a resealable plastic bag. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight for maximum flavor.

3. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard any excess marinade.

4. Place the chicken thighs and drumsticks on the preheated grill, skin side down. Cook for 6-8 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crispy and charred in spots. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F (74°C).

5. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the grill and transfer it to a serving platter. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, if desired, and serve hot with lime wedges on the side.

6. Enjoy the delicious and flavorful pollo asado with your favorite sides, such as rice, beans, grilled vegetables, or tortillas.

This pollo asado recipe is perfect for summer grilling or anytime you’re craving juicy and flavorful chicken. The combination of citrus juices, garlic, and spices creates a marinade that infuses the chicken with delicious flavor. Serve the pollo asado as a main dish for a family dinner or as part of a festive Mexican-inspired meal. Enjoy!


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