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Pollo Asado Tacos

These pollo asado tacos are the perfect, flavourful addition to your Taco Tuesday table. Tender chicken thighs, marinated in bright citrus, smokey chipotles in adobo, and smokey spices, make the perfect filling for soft, cheesy tortillas.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Marinating Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 285kcal
Author: Sunena Anand


  • 1 ½ lbs Chicken thighs boneless, skinless
  • 1 Navel orange juiced
  • 3 Limes juiced
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon Smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Adobo seasoning
  • 2 Chipotle peppers in adobo
  • ¼ cup Olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste

For the Tacos

  • Street taco tortillas to serve
  • 2 cups Queso quesadilla


  • Blend the marinade: Add the marinade ingredients to a blender container. Blend the marinade together until all the ingredients are smooth.
    1 Navel orange, 3 Limes, 3 cloves Garlic, 1 teaspoon Onion powder, 2 teaspoon Smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon Ground cumin, 1 teaspoon Dried oregano, 1 tablespoon Adobo seasoning, 2 Chipotle peppers in adobo, ¼ cup Olive oil
  • Marinate the chicken: Pour the marinade into a large mixing bowl, with the chicken thighs. Let the chicken marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes. Cover the chicken with plastic wrap, and refrigerate while it is marinating. You can marinate the chicken for up to 24 hours.
    1 ½ lbs Chicken thighs
  • Cook the chicken: Cook the chicken for 7-8 minutes on each side, or until it has reached an internal temperature of 165°F - this can be done on the barbecue or in a skillet. Once cooked, let the chicken rest for 5 minutes on a cutting board, and cut the chicken into strips.
  • Make the tacos: Heat a skillet or a griddle over medium heat. Place your tortillas on the skillet/griddle, and top with cheese all over. Let the cheese melt, and add some chicken to half of the tortilla. Fold the tortilla over, and serve.
    Street taco tortillas, 2 cups Queso quesadilla



  • Air fryer instructions: If you are air frying the chicken, air fry for 15 minutes at 375°F, and flip halfway through.
  • Taste for salt: Adobo seasoning blends tend to already have a generous amount of salt mixed into them. I recommend tasting the marinade for salt, and adjust if you find that it is missing some. 


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 751IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg