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Attention all food enthusiasts! Get ready to recreate the mouthwatering Chipotle Chicken Al Pastor recipe in the comfort of your own kitchen. Chipotle Mexican Grill has introduced a limited-time-only chicken recipe called Poyo Asado that has everyone going crazy. But fear not, because we’ve got the secret recipe right here.
Recreating the Pollo Asado from Chipotle Mexican Grill
Pollo Asado is a grilled chicken dish marinated in a citrusy, smoky, and slightly spicy sauce made with orange juice, lime, guajillo peppers, cilantro, onion, and various spices. Once it’s grilled to perfection, it’s tossed in an asado sauce, finished with a squeeze of lime, and topped with fresh cilantro.
To begin, we need to prepare the marinade. Soak your dried guajillo peppers in boiling water for 20 to 30 minutes until they become soft. Meanwhile, trim any excess fat from the boneless, skinless chicken thighs and place them in a ziplock bag.
In your blender, combine one cup of orange juice, three tablespoons of avocado oil (or vegetable oil), the juice of one lime, two cloves of garlic, half a tablespoon of kosher salt, one and a half teaspoons of ground cumin, and one and a half teaspoons of ground chipotle chili pepper.
After the guajillo peppers have softened, remove the stems and seeds, chop them, and add them to the blender. Blend all the ingredients until they form a smooth puree.
Add half a cup of chopped yellow onion and a quarter cup of fresh cilantro to the ziplock bag with the chicken. Pour in the guajillo pepper marinade. Seal the bag tightly and let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least eight hours or overnight.
Creating the Finishing Sauce
In a container or bowl, combine half a cup of water, two teaspoons of corn starch, a quarter cup of orange juice, one tablespoon of granulated white sugar, the juice of one lime, a quarter teaspoon of red pepper flakes, two tablespoons of the chicken marinade, two pinches of kosher salt, two dashes of garlic powder, two dashes of onion powder, two dashes of ground chipotle chili powder, and cracked black pepper. Mix until the cornstarch has dissolved completely.
Heat the sauce over medium heat in a small saucepan, stirring gently until it thickens and can stick to the back of a spoon. Set aside.
Cooking the Chicken
While Chipotle uses a plancha (a large commercial flat top grill) to cook their chicken, in a home kitchen, a well-seasoned cast iron skillet works just as well. Heat the skillet on high and brush the bottom with oil. Cook the chicken thighs for about 7 to 8 minutes per side until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once cooked, let the chicken rest for five minutes before chopping it into small pieces. Transfer the chopped chicken to a mixing bowl and spoon the asado sauce over it. Adjust the amount of sauce according to your taste preference. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the chicken and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.
Enjoying the Pollo Asado
Now that your Pollo Asado is ready, it’s time to indulge. Use it to make a bowl, a burrito, or some tacos. Or, you can simply enjoy the chicken as is to savor its full flavor profile. It’s slightly spicy, smoky, and delightfully citrusy. Adjust the spiciness by reducing the amount of guajillo peppers used.
The best part is that you can recreate this delicious Chipotle Chicken Al Pastor recipe whenever you want, long after Chipotle discontinues their Pollo Asado. Impress your friends and family with your culinary skills and enjoy the flavorful taste of homemade Chipotle-inspired dishes.
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