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Garnished pollo asado with lime wedges on a plate.

Pollo Asado

  • Author: Sara Nelson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Pollo Asado recipe features chicken thighs that are perfectly marinated in ingredients like cilantro, onion, orange juice, and lime juice. The chicken is cooked on the grill, on a grill pan, or in the oven.



  • Lime wedges


  1. Prepare Marinade: To a blender, add cilantro, onion, orange juice, lime juice, garlic cloves, paprika, oregano, kosher salt, cumin, pepper, and ground cayenne pepper (optional). Blend until ingredients are pulverized and combined.
  2. Marinate Chicken: Place chicken in a resealable bag or in a large bowl. Pour marinade atop chicken. If using a storage bag, seal bag, then rotate so the marinade coats chicken. If using a bowl, use tongs to coat chicken in the marinade, then cover bowl with foil or lid. Transfer chicken to refrigerator, and chill for 1-4 hours.
  3. Cook Chicken: Remove chicken from bag or bowl of marinade, letting any excess marinade drip off.

    Outdoor grill: Preheat outdoor grill to 350 degrees. Rub oil on grates. Grill chicken undisturbed for about 5-10 minutes per side.
    Grill pan: Preheat a grill pan to medium-high heat. Grill for 3-5 minutes per side.
    Oven: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and cook chicken on baking sheet coated in nonstick cooking spray for 18-25 minutes.

    The chicken is done cooking once it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.

  4. Serve: Remove chicken from grill or oven and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving with lime wedges.

Recipe Notes:

Storage: Store pollo asado in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Stovetop Reheating Instructions: Reheat chicken in a hot oiled skillet over medium heat until heated through.

Oven Reheating Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place pollo asado in an oven-safe dish or on a baking sheet and cover dish or baking sheet with foil to prevent the chicken from drying out. Reheat the pollo asado in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

Microwave Reheating Instructions: Microwave chicken in 30-second increments until warmed throughout.

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