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Savor the Flavor: Chipotle Al Pastor Chicken Recipe

As close as it gets to genuine Mexican al pastor street tacos with delicious chipotle chicken!

Al Pastor Chicken

Are you ready to embark on a culinary journey filled with tantalizing flavors and mouthwatering aromas? Today, we're sharing an exquisite Chipotle Al Pastor Chicken recipe that will transport your taste buds straight to the streets of Mexico. With a rich marinade featuring chiles in adobo, Mexican oregano, cumin, and the sweet tang of pineapple juice, this dish is a fiesta for your senses.

Let's dive in!

Chipotle Al Pastor Chicken Recipe


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs

  • 1 can Chiles in adobo

  • 2 to 4 tbsps Mexican oregano

  • 2 to 4 tbsps cumin

  • 1 cup pineapple juice

  • 2 tbsp all-purpose

Marinating Magic:

  1. Begin by creating the heart of this recipe - the Al Pastor marinade. In a blender or food processor, combine the Chiles in adobo, Mexican oregano, cumin, and pineapple juice. Blend until you achieve a smooth and fragrant paste.

  2. Place your boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a large, resealable plastic bag or a glass dish. Pour the Al Pastor marinade over the chicken, ensuring each piece is generously coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. This time allows the flavors to meld and infuse the chicken, resulting in a truly authentic taste.

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat your pan (or grill) to medium-high. While it's heating up, remove the marinated chicken from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. This ensures even cooking and a juicy end result.

  2. Once your pan or grill is ready, cook the Al Pastor Chicken for about 5-7 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C). The marinade will caramelize beautifully, creating those coveted grill marks and a tantalizing smokiness.

  3. As your chicken cooks to perfection, feel free to baste it with any leftover marinade for an extra burst of flavor. Just be sure to do this in the last few minutes of cooking to avoid any food safety concerns.

  4. Remove the Chipotle Al Pastor Chicken from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to be redistributed and ensures a juicy, succulent bite.

  5. Slice the grilled chicken into thin strips, perfect for assembling tacos or serving over cauliflower rice. For an authentic Al Pastor experience top your chicken with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

There you have it – a Chipotle Al Pastor Chicken recipe that's bursting with flavor and sure to become a family favorite. Whether you're hosting a summer barbecue or craving a taste of Mexico any day of the year, this dish delivers an unforgettable culinary experience. So fire up the stove or grill, gather your loved ones, and savor the magic of Al Pastor Chicken – a recipe that celebrates the art of good food and good company. ¡Buen provecho!

Chipotle Al Pastor Chicken

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