Chipotle Al Pastor Chicken | Source: Facebook/chipotle
Chipotle Al Pastor Chicken | Source: Facebook/chipotle

Chipotle Al Pastor Chicken Recipe for a Zesty Twist to Your Home Cooking

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Feb 27, 2024
12:30 P.M.
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Are you seeking to spice up your dinner routine? Elevate your homemade chicken dishes with the flavorful Chipotle Chicken Al Pastor recipe. And you know what the best part is? It's incredibly easy to recreate this dish at home!

In 2023, Chipotle introduced its latest culinary masterpiece: Al Pastor Chicken, leaving taste buds tingling and patrons in awe with its smoky and unforgettable flavor profile.

If you're craving a taste of this popular dish, but find the nearest Chipotle to be still too far away, fret not. You can bring this delicious experience to your kitchen with this Chipotle Chicken Al Pastor recipe inspired by the famous Mexican restaurant's version.

Chicken Al Pastor | Source: Shutterstock

Chicken Al Pastor | Source: Shutterstock

Chipotle Chicken Al Pastor Recipe

Ingredients for the Al Pastor Chicken:

  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 6 Guajillo peppers
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped (about half a medium onion)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon achiote
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 Chile Morita or Morita chili peppers (use a small piece)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (for garnish)
  • 1 lime (for serving)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt

Ingredients for the Achiote Seasoning:

  • 1/4 cup annatto seeds
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 individual garlic cloves
  • 20 peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin

Instructions for the Achiote Seasoning:

  1. Using an immersion blender, blend all achiote seasoning ingredients into a thick paste.
  2. Transfer the paste into a glass container with a tight-fitting lid, and refrigerate it for up to four weeks.

Instructions for the Al Pastor Chicken:

  1. Clean the Guajillo peppers by removing the stems and seeds.
  2. Cook the Guajillo peppers along with the Chile Morita in a pot of boiling water for about 15 minutes until they soften.
  3. Add the remaining marinade ingredients (onions, garlic cloves, achiote, and pineapple juice) in the pot until well combined.
  4. Allow the blended mixture to cool slightly, then refrigerate the marinade for two hours, or up to 24 hours if preferred.
  5. Thoroughly coat the chicken with the refrigerated marinade, then transfer the chicken to a baking dish.
  6. Cook the chicken at 350°F in an air fryer or oven until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Flip the chicken halfway through cooking. The cooking time is about 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken.
  7. Garnish the dish with pineapple chunks, onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice.

A Few Tips:

1. You can serve Chipotle Chicken Al Pastor by assembling your own tasty taco. Start by shredding the Chipotle chicken and wrapping it in a lightly toasted corn tortilla. Add grilled pineapple on top, and sprinkle with chopped cilantro and diced onions. Serve with lime wedges on the side for an extra burst of zesty flavor.

2. Alternatively, for added flavor, pair the tacos with traditional Mexican sides like salsa, guacamole, or pico de gallo.

3. For storage options, allow the dish to cool down before transferring it into airtight containers and storing it in the refrigerator, where it can be kept for 3-4 days.

4. For longer preservation in the freezer, cut the chicken into smaller pieces and place it in freezer-safe bags or containers. It can be stored this way for up to three months.

5. When ready to eat the dish again, thaw it first in the refrigerator overnight. To reheat the dish, you can use an oven, stove, or microwave. Let the dish reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Avoid repeatedly thawing and refreezing for optimal quality.

With simple ingredients and instructions, you can effortlessly recreate Chipotle's Al Pastor Chicken right in your kitchen, inviting both seasoned chefs and culinary novices to embark on a flavorful journey.

And if you're interested in exploring another culinary option, recreate the mouthwatering Jesse Kelly Burger with this recipe. With its unique blend of flavors and simplicity in preparation, it's the perfect complement to your homemade delights.

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