Pollo Al Carbon -How To Grill Like A Mexican

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Jun. 15, 2015

Pollo al carbon with Carlos! Achiote-marinated whole chickens, slow-cooked on the grill. Like Pollo Loco or Pollo Regio, but better because it's homemade with love (and margaritas!)


Chicken/6 pounds chicken quarters 3 Pound
For marinade:
Oil 3 Tablespoon (for brushing on the grill)
Fresh orange juice 1 Cup (16 tbs) (from 4
Lime juice 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (from 3 limes)
Maggi seasoning 3 Tablespoon
Worcestershire sauce 3 Tablespoon
Achiote paste 2 Ounce
Chicken stock powder 2 Tablespoon (bouillon powder)
Salt 1 Teaspoon
Black pepper 1 Teaspoon



Prepare chicken as shown in the video.

In a blender, combine orange juice, lime juice, magi seasoning, worcestershire sauce, achiote paste, chicken stock powder, salt, pepper and blend well.

Reserve ½ cup marinade and pour the rest over chicken. Allow to marinade for 2-4 hours.

Preheat grill and baste with oil.



Lay chicken as shown in the video on hot side of grill, cover with lid and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Move to cool side, and cook for 20 minutes. Repeat moving the chicken to hot side and cool side by flipping alternatively every 20 minutes and baste with generous quantity of marinade.



Serve with salsa, rice and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 80 Minutes
Ready In: 80 Minutes
Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 608Calories from Fat 373

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 40 g61.5%

Saturated Fat 10 g50%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 1978 mg82.42%

Total Carbohydrates 10 g3.3%

Dietary Fiber %

Sugars 4 g

Protein 48 g96%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet