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Pollo Asado Chipotle

Pollo Asado (Chipotle Copycat Recipe) is one of the most flavorful grilled chicken dishes.

Ingredients

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  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, or boneless skinless chicken breast sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 45 tbsp water , for pan frying cooking method, optional

Marinade

  • 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, 7 oz
  • 4 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 4 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium onions, quartered
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp ground Coriander, optional
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

Marinade

  • Add all of the marinade ingredients to a blender, food processor, or a large bowl to purée with a handheld immersion blender. Blend the ingredients until evenly combined and the sauce is smooth.
  • In a large air tight container or Ziploc bag add the chicken thighs and the marinade. Mix until the chicken is evenly coated in the marinade.
  • Transfer to the fridge and let marinate for up to 24 hours (marinating overnight is ideal for the best flavor but not required, marinate a minimum 15 – 30 minutes).

Grilled Chicken

  • Preheat grill to high, about 350°F-400°F. Coat the grill with olive oil.
  • Grill the chicken for 15-30 minutes, flipping, and until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Pan Seared Chicken

  • Heat a skillet or grill pan on medium-high heat with olive oil.
  • When hot, add the chicken along with all of the sauce/marinade. Searing the chicken in all of the sauce will keep it from drying out.
  • Cook for 5 minutes and then flip and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Once the chicken has cooked, drizzle the leftover sauce from the pan over the cooked chicken. This enhances flavor and keeps the chicken juicy. While the chicken is searing, if you notice the sauce is starting to dry out in the skillet add a splash of water.

Air Fryer Chicken

  • Coat the air fryer basket with olive oil.
  • Add the chicken to the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry the chicken at 400°F for 8 minutes. Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. Cook for an additional 6-7 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Notes

Storage

Store the cooled pollo asado in an air tight container or Ziploc bag in the fridge for up to 5 days.

 

Freezing

Freeze uncooked marinated pollo asado in a freezer safe container or Ziploc bag for up to 6 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and then continue with your preferred cooking method (grilled, pan fried or air fried). Freeze cooked pollo asado in a freezer safe container or Ziploc bag for up to 6 months. To reheat, thaw in the fridge overnight and then reheat for 2 minutes in the microwave or in a frying pan with a tablespoon of oil for 2 minutes on each side.

 

Reheating

Reheat in the microwave for 2 minute with a splash of water, or in a frying pan stove top over medium high heat for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until the chicken is warmed through.

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