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If you are like my kids who are obsessed with Chipotle’s Chicken Al Pastor, then you are in luck because I am going to show you how to make it at home.

a round bowl with rice topped with chopped chicken al pastor with a fork on the right top side of bowl.
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When Chipotle came out with their Chicken Al Pastor my kids wanted to try it so bad so I caved and off we went to Chipotle. I have to admit that even I lived it! 😅 But I decided to make it at home because I much prefer feeding my kids homemade meals. All you need is chicken, a few seasonings, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I decided to use boneless and skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts for this recipe but you can definitely use chicken breast. This chicken al pastor recipe was a winner and my kids approved it!

Why you will love it

  • Easy: making it is so easy you guys. You only need chicken and a handful of other pantry staple ingredients.
  • Tasy: it is packed with flavor and so tasty. My kids approved it.
  • Meal-prep Friendly: You can make this chicken al pastor for your meal preps with rice or veggies

Ingredients you will need

  • chipotle peppers in adobo sauce: these are canned
  • olive oil: or you may use any other oil of choice.
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • Seasonings: ground coriander, cumin, garlic powder,
  • boneless, skinless chicken thighs
ingredients to make chicken al pastor. which are: chicken thighs in a round bowl, seasonings,  oil, salt, and black pepper.

How to make Chicken Al Pastor

  • Make the marinade/sauce: In a small food process add the chipotle peppers with the adobo sauce, oil, salt, pepper, and seasonings. Process until almost smooth and combined.
  • Marinate the chicken: Place chopped chicken in a large bowl and add in the chipotle mixture. Stir well to coat each piece. Allow the meat to marinate for 1 hour overnight (in the fridge).
  • Cook the chicken: When ready to cook, allow the meat to reach room temp by keeping it over the counter for 15-20 minutes. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the marinated chicken thighs until golden brown and the internal temp reaches 165F. Serve over cooked rice and enjoy!

My Pro Tip

Recipe Tips

  • I do recommend you marinate the chicken unless you are pressed for time. It will add in so much flavor.
  • If you want to use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs you can. The cooking time will vary by a few minutes on each side based on the thickness of the chicken breasts.
  • Do not overcook the chicken. The best way to check if the chicken is cooked through is to use a food thermometer and wait until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F.

Storing and Reheating

  • Storing: If you have leftovers of the al pastor chicken and would like to store them, place them in a sealed container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. You may also freeze them for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe container.
  • Reheating: You can either reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until it is heated through, or wrap them in foil wrap and reheat in a toaster oven for 5-6 minutes. I do prefer the microwave button.
a bowl of rice topped with chopped cooked chicken al pastor with a fork in the bowl on the right side.

Frequently asked questions

What is chicken al pastor?

Chicken al pastor is a variation of the traditional Mexican dish al pastor, that is usually made with pork. The chicken is marinated in a mix of spice blends and chilies, and then cooked or grilled. Chipotle has a chicken al pastor option on their menu that has been quite a hit. Al pastor chicken can be served with tacos, burritos, or as a main dish with rice. So good! 😍

What cut of meat is used for al pastor?

Traditional al pastor is made with boneless pork. There are many variations now that are mostly made with chicken. You can use boneless chicken breast or chicken thighs.

How long does chicken al pastor last?

If you have leftovers, store them in the fridge. Chicken al pastor will last 3-4 days once stored properly in a sealed container.

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What you can serve it with

a round bowl with white rice topped with chopped chicken al pastor.

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Chipotle Chicken Al Pastor Recipe

By: Rena
Servings: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Marinade: 20 minutes
Total: 38 minutes
chopped sauteed chicken al pastor thighs over a bowl of rice.
Your favorite chicken al pastor is made at home with just a few ingredients like chicken, seasonings, and chipotle in adobo sauce. The chicken is then served over rice or salad.

Ingredients

  • 7 ounce chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, one can
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 pound chicken thighs, boneless and skinless

Instructions

  • In a small food process add the chipotle peppers with the adobo sauce, oil, salt, pepper, and seasonings. Process until almost smooth and combined.
  • Place chopped chicken in a large bowl and add the chipotle mixture. Stir well to coat each piece. Allow the meat to marinate for 1 hour overnight (in the fridge).
  • When ready to cook, allow the meat to reach room temp by keeping it over the counter for 15-20 minutes.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the marinated chicken thighs until golden brown and the internal temp reaches 165F. About 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Serve over cooked rice and enjoy!

Notes

  • you can use any other oil instead of olive oil
  • feel free to use chicken breast or any other meat of choice instead of chicken thighs.
  • Do not over-cook the chicken.
  • Serve with rice, burritos, or tacos.

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 33gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 736mgPotassium: 456mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 56IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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