Smoky, tangy, spicy and tasty, this marinated and roasted Pollo Asado is the most flavorful and moist tender chicken recipe! Put a Latin spin on tonight’s dinner using this meal-prep worthy recipe. If you love this, you will also love this Rosemary Roast Chicken and this Lemon Roast Chicken and Potatoes!
I’ll be honest, I can get pretty lazy when it comes to weeknight meals. What can I say? Mama is tired. Long work days turn into long work weeks and the burnout is REAL. Summoning the energy to get in the kitchen and whip up a fresh, healthy meal for the family can be a struggle. These days I’m a postmates professional, put it on my resume.
But, I’m trying to be better y’all! Meal prep is KEY. If things get done in advance, I can guarantee a quick, delicious meal at any time. That’s where this recipe comes in!
Straight from my latest favorite cookbook, this Pollo Asado is a busy parent’s dream. This easy-to-make and even easier to store and reheat chicken is a weeknight dinner made decadent. Each tender cut of meat is bold in flavor and juicy in texture.
Let’s take a trip south of the border, shall we?
SKINNYTASTE MEAL PREP
Contrary to what you might think, I don’t eat pie for breakfast and cake for dinner. Not saying that I haven’t, it’s just not in my daily practice. I consistently rely on healthy, make-ahead meals to give me energy I need to make it through my busy days! I mean, a girl can’t live on just sugar (I’ve tried).
My secret to making healthy meals simple, diverse and flavor-packed? Skinnytaste Meal Prep! Gina Homolka’s latest release is full of recipes meant to help you save time on busy weeknights, keep your grocery budget low and keep hearty, nutrient dense food at your fingertips.
Whether you’re looking to lose weight, eat a little healthier or save some time, this book is a tool that you can’t afford not to have in your belt!
WHAT IS POLLO ASADO?
This Pollo Asado recipe is an incredible and authentic version of the classic grilled chicken commonly made in Puerto Rico, Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean. Made with bold spices and baked to juicy, flavorful perfection, this chicken is chock-full of zesty Latin flavor and fantastically moist meat.
WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED TO MAKE POLLO ASADO?
What makes Pollo Asado stand out is the delicious spices and herbs used. Latin cooking is known for its bold and exciting flavors, and this recipe is no exception!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Making one chicken makes for a more simplified process that results in lots of yummy leftovers. If you prefer to use cuts, I recommend drumsticks, thighs, bone-in breasts or wings. Just be sure to use an equal amount of meat, about 3 pounds.
White or Apple Cider Vinegar
Acetic acid in vinegar breaks down meat fibers, making them more tender and flavorful.
Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce
Just a few dashes adds a subtle, yet necessary kick!
if you can get your hands on it, mexican oregano works best; it has lemon and citrus flavors as well as some tones of licorice. I find that mexican oregano pairs beautifully with latin dishes. Both regular ground oregano or dried oregano will also work!
Ground Annatto or Achiote
Annatto/Achiote is a deep red spice that can be found in most latin markets; it makes for an authentic red-colored chicken, and adds a slightly peppery, smoky flavor. If you can’t get your hands on this stuff, sweet paprika is a great substitute!
I love the salty-sweet kick that garlic powder brings to the table.
Earthy and warm, with an edge of citrus, cumin adds instant depth to any dish.
Everything needs salt, don’t be shy.
WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH POLLO ASADO?
In the Caribbean, most proteins are served with rice, beans, plantains, and some avocado or a simple green salad. Pollo Asado goes incredibly well with the sides mentioned, but I recommend making this meal as dressed up or down as you’d like.
Serve this chicken with a simple salad, use it for sandwiches or create a customized spread. This is your party people!
Here’s what I chose to serve with my bird:
This is one of those recipes that yields fantastic leftovers! With each passing day, the flavor of this chicken seems to get better and better.
Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
TIP: Looking for a creative way to use those leftovers? Try shredding the meat and serving it alongside corn tortillas, cilantro, lime and a bit of sour cream or salsa for a family Taco Tuesday!
GRANDBABY CAKES’ BEST WEEKNIGHT CHICKEN RECIPES
Opt out of that weeknight chicken rut by introducing a few of my tastiest recipes into your rotation. Kick basic recipes to the curb and replace it with something new and improved!
Check these out:
- SOUTHERN BAKED CHICKEN
- MARINATED SPATCHCOCK CHICKEN
- CIDER HERB CORNISH HENS
- SPANISH CHICKEN AND RICE
- 1 whole chicken 3 1/2-4 lb, giblets removed, patted dry with paper towels
- 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar can also use white
- 1 tbsp mild cayenne pepper hot sauce like Frank's RedHot
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tbsp ground oregano
- 1 tsp ground annatto or sweet paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- Place the chicken in a large container and rub the vinegar and hot sauce all over it, inside and out.
- In a small bowl, combine the salt, oregano, annatto, garlic powder and cumin, and season the chicken inside and out with the mixture to evenly coat (it's best to wear gloves so you don't stain your hands). Refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.
- When ready to roast the chicken, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Transfer the chicken, breast side up, to a roasting pan with a rack, or a large rimmed sheet pan.
- Roast the chicken with the legs toward the back of the oven until it starts to brown, about 20 minutes.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 350 and continue cooking until the juices run clear when the thigh is pierced with a knife, or when the internal temperature between the thickest part of the leg and the thigh is 165, 45 to 55 minutes more.
- Let the chicken stand uncovered for 10 minutes before carving. Serve with or without the skin.