Ingredients: Sea salt, Sugar, Chiles, Garlic, Black Pepper, Cumin, Oregano, Vinegar, Citric Acid, Orange, Annatto
The many of the world’s ethnic cuisines all have their own take on grilled chicken and how to make it somewhat unique for their region of the world. Latin America weighs in on this with their pollo asados which include three leading contenders - Cuban, Mexican and Peruvian and there of course are even some subtle variations within each of these depending on a family's flavor preferences.
Pollo asado translates to "roasted chicken". Asado is generally considered a cooking technique of open-fire style (or grilling) of cooking meat that uses hardwoods and seasonings for flavor. I think that many of our chicken seasoning blends stand well on their own when used as a dry rub. For the Pollo Aasado blend (since I worked for several years in the restaurant) I wanted to develop this one more as a marinade to get the full flavor effect. We are pretty much addicted to this style of chicken. It's incredibly flavorful, moist and succulent. You can eat this grilled or roasted chicken by itself or really go all out and slice them thin and then wrap these in homemade corn tortillas (or store bought wheat tortillas if you prefer) with some made from scratch pico de gallo, salsa or salsa verde - simply amazing!
This Mexican chicken seasoning balances perfectly with the citrus juice and this combination is the secret to this pollo asado marinade. While we of course prefer to use fresh limes, lemons and oranges whenever possible, we’ve also used lime, lemon and orange juices (preferably not from concentrate). We like to marinate the chicken for at least 4 hours (if just doing skinless, boneless chicken breasts) and we've marinated for up to 24 hours (especially if using whole chickens with the skin). The acid from the lime, lemon and oranges tenderizes the chicken and the natural sugar from the juices also helps create an amazing caramelized effect that just locks in the flavor. The sugar from the fruit also helps visually as it makes the signature grill marks very noticeable.
The flavor profile of our Pollo Asado seasoning is citrusy (this is much more pronounced when used in the marinade) with earthy undertones from the ancho and cumin and hints of sweetness.
To marinate 3 lbs of chicken use 1/2 cup of lime (or 2 fresh limes), lemon (2 fresh lemons) and orange (1 medium to large orange) fresh squeezed juice, 1/4 cup of vinegar (apple cider vinegar is more common in Mexican cuisine), and 1/4 cup of Pollo Asado seasoning. Add all these ingredients to your blender and mix thoroughly. Pour the marinade over the chicken (We like to use a zip lock style bag to fully submerge the chicken) and then place in the refrigerator for the allotted time.
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