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Grilled Chicken Asado in Adobo

Grilled Chicken Asado in Adobo

PARTNER POST: Dive into the 120 days of summer with Santa Rita wines that pair perfectly with the foods of the season, straight off the grill.
Try this Mexican-style grilled chicken in an adobo sauce made with Guajillo pepper and other fragrant spices. Head outside and whip up this delicious summer meal and don’t forget the wine!

Chicken Asado in Adobo

Grilling is very popular all over Mexico, but especially in the northern states, and during the weekends and evenings. As soon as the early evening arrives on any given Friday, all you need to do is go outside, and your nose will point you in the right direction of that inviting smell of meats being slowly cooked over a charcoal fire. We sure love grilling!

Grilled Chicken, or, as we call it, “Pollo asado”, is also sold at local businesses to dine in or to carry out. Today’s recipe is for a grilled chicken marinade in an adobo sauce made using Guajillo pepper and spices. This sauce really enhances the flavors of the chicken.

Chicken Asado in Adobo

I’m pairing this recipe with wine, particularly a Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc and a Cabernet Sauvignon, an exquisite wine from Chile. My husband prefers red wines, while I, on the other hand, like white wines. The Sauvignon Blanc has crisp and fresh aromas of citrus blossom and peach, and the rich deep red Cabernet Sauvignon has beautifully balanced fruit aromas.

Chicken Asado in Adobo

For more grilling inspiration with Santa Rita, check out this grilled Chilean chicken and pebre sauce.

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  • Author: Mely Martinez
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 4 Bone-in Chicken pieces (About 6 ounces each)
  • Salt to season
  • 3 Guajillo peppers (seeds and veins removed.)
  • 1 teaspoon Badia Sazón Completa (Complete Seasoning)
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil


  1. Pat dry your chicken and season with salt. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Slightly toast the guajillo peppers on a hot griddle for a few seconds, turning once to avoid burning them. Once toasted, place in a medium size bowl with hot water to soften. Let them soak for 25 minutes.
  3. Once the peppers have softened, drain the soaking water and place the peppers into your blender pitcher. Add the Badia Sazón Completa, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, pepper, lime juice, water and salt. Process for about one minute or until you have a very smooth sauce.
  4. Pass the sauce through a sieve if needed, to avoid having little pieces of pepper skins in the marinade. Pour the sauce over the chicken, making sure all the chicken pieces are covered with the guajillo pepper sauce. Place plastic wrap over the bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour to marinate.
  5. Once you’re ready to grill your chicken, drain the chicken pieces (reserving any excess marinade) and let the chicken come to room temperature before grilling.
  6. Before grilling, brush vegetable oil over the chicken to avoid it from sticking to the grill.
  7. Grill the chicken on a preheated grill, brushing the grill with oil. Grill the chicken, turning every 5 minutes, while basting with the remaining guajillo marinade during the process. Continue until the chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes.
  8. Serve with slices of onions, peppers, and a guacamole, plus plenty of warm corn tortillas. And, of course, a glass of Santa Rita wine!


This is a versatile recipe that can be adjusted to your personal taste, regarding how much spices you want to add to the guajillo pepper marinade. Perhaps you might like to add more cumin or oregano.
“Badia Sazón Completa” is a garlic and onion seasoning with some added herbs to enhance the flavor.

  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Mexican inpisred


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