El Pollo Asado

El Pollo Asado is a lime citrus marinated Mexican grilled chicken. Smoky, spicy, tangy and tasty, this recipe has it all, and your BBQs are sure to become the most popular ones on the block!

Grilled Pollo Asado

How do you do grilled chicken? How about el pollo asado?

Pollo Asado is marinated Mexican (or Cuban, depending on your perspective) grilled chicken, seasoned in any number of ways. I took a basic/citrus approach, but you can add cumin or other spices to give it whatever kick you like. But the magic, to me, is not the chicken itself, but what you do with it after it’s cooked: serve the pieces whole, with warm tortillas and pico de gallo…and whatever other scrumptious sides you can manage.

It’s how grilled chicken should always be served.

Cinco de Mayo Menu?

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching and that means my family will be hosting a Mexican fiesta and feast! At least I am hoping we will be!  With the nation under the quarantine guidelines and the stay home, stay safe orders we may not have much of a fiesta after all. But! A gal has to be ready just in case!

So why am I posting about it today?  Well that easy, marinade! This chicken recipe has to marinade for 24 hours.  Y’all need time to make this if you want it on your dinner table for the party.

Mom doesn’t always agree.

Being that my mother can’t and never did cook we frequently visited a restaurant called El Pollo Asado. Needless to say, when they went out of business my folks were heartbroken.  For years my mother requested that I try to recreate the deliciousness she craved. Out of fear I have put up a good fight.  Yes, you read that right, out of fear. My mother may not be able to cook BUT she sure can critique and it ain’t always kind.  So, not wanting to hear how it’s not the same, or that it’s just ok because at least she didn’t have to cook….I resisted until now.

I love this recipe (and I am going to keep telling myself that no matter what my mother thinks) because the flavor explodes in your mouth.  It’s easy to make and cooks on the grill.  Serve it with warm tortillas, Pico de Gallo, Spanish rice, black beans and some Pablano corn on the cob and your Cinco de Mayo is sure to be a huge success! Oh, and my mother agreed, its great!

Pollo Asado

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El Pollo Asado

El Pollo Asado is a lime citrus marinated Mexican grilled chicken. Smoky, spicy, tangy and tasty, this recipe has it all, and your BBQs are sure to become the most popular ones on the block!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword chicken, garlic, grilled, lime, orange juice
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 day 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 258 kcal


  • 6 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup White wine
  • 10 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 Tbsp salt
  • 1 ½ Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 20 drops yellow food coloring optional
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or 4 lbs frying chicken, cut up)


  1. In a gallon size zip-lock bag combine all ingredients; mix well.
  2. Allow to marinate over-nite.
  3. Grill over low heat, turning 4 times, about 10 minutes each time.
  4. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
El Pollo Asado
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 262mg11%
Potassium 836mg24%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 68IU1%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 1500 calorie diet.

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