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Pollo Asado with fresh cilantro and lime on a baking sheet

Pollo Asado Recipe

Put a Mexican spin on your grilled chicken with this Pollo Asado Recipe. Smoky, spicy, tangy and tasty, this dish has it all! Perfect for BBQ parties!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword How Do I Make Pollo Asado, How To Make Pollo Asado, Pollo Asado, Pollo Asado Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 412kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1 (3-4 pounds) whole chicken cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon achiote paste mashed up with a fork
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice


  • In a small frying pan, heat up the vegetable oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and achiote paste. Remove the pan from heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Add oil mixture, orange juice and lime juice to a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag. Add Chicken pieces to bag and seal bag. Set bag on a rimmed dish (to catch any leaks) and refrigerate 8 hours minimum up to overnight.
  • Prepare grill. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Cook the chicken over the hotter part of the grill l until it’s lightly browned all both sides, 6 to 8 minutes for a charcoal grill or 10 to 14 minutes for a gas grill.
  • Turn the chicken skin side down on the cooler part of the grill, cover and cook until chicken is cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, but not touching the bone, reaches 165°F


Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 854mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg