Adobo Chicken

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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1 tablespoon ancho chile powder

1 tablespoon New Mexican chile powder 

1 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano (or Italian dried oregano is fine) 

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

1/2 teaspoon onion powder 

1/2 cup orange juice 

1/2 lime, juiced (about 1 tablespoon) 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

2 tablespoons canola oil 

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 8 ounces each 

Avocado and Red Onion Salad:

1 ripe Haas avocado, diced

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

1/2 lime, juiced (about 1 tablespoon) 

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 

For Serving:

Three 6-inch blue or white corn tortillas

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil  

1/2 lime juiced (about 1 tablespoon) 

Sprig fresh cilantro 


  1. For the chicken: Preheat 2 cast-iron grill pans over medium heat.
  2. Whisk together the ancho chile powder, New Mexican chile powder, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, orange juice, lime juice and season with salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the canola oil and whisk. Put the chicken in the marinade, turning the chicken to coat both sides.  
  3. Grill the chicken until golden brown and slightly charred on one side, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 more minutes; the juices should run clear and the meat thermometer should read 165 degrees F.  
  4. Meanwhile, for the salad: Put the avocado, onions, cilantro, salt, pepper, lime juice and olive oil in a medium bowl. Fold the ingredients with a rubber spatula, gently breaking up the avocado in the process. 
  5. To serve: Grill the tortillas on both sides until lightly marked and warmed through, about 10 seconds per side. Then fold in half and place on the side of a serving dish. 
  6. Place the chicken in the center of the serving dish and top with a scoop of the salad. Drizzle with olive oil and lime juice and garnish with a sprig of cilantro.  

Cook’s Note

If you're like Bobby and can't help yourself, add in 1 extra tablespoon of your preferred chili powder. The chicken and marinade can be placed in a re-sealable bag and refrigerated for 30 minutes to 4 hours before cooking.

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