Mexico City Chicken with Achiote-Annatto Marinade


This delicious Chicken Achiote-Annatto Marinade recipe originally appeared on Hispanic Kitchen.
 Spice up your dinner table with this flavorful, aromatic, and fun-to-eat Mexico City Chicken recipe.
Mexico City chicken is cooked in one pan and is super easy to make. It’s slightly spicy, which makes it perfect when paired with white rice. If you’re on a low-carb diet, enjoy it with a fresh garden salad instead.
Either way, this recipe is a true delight.

Mexico City Chicken with Achiote-Annatto Marinade

Prep20 minutes
Cook35 minutes
Ready1 hour

Chicken Breast:

Ingredients

  • 3 large boneless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup achiote marinade (shown below)
  • 2 poblano peppers cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 strips bacon cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs seasoned with a pinch of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  • 8 inch wooden or metal skewers

Achiote-Annatto Citrus Marinade:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. achiote paste (1/3 block)
  • 1 large orange, juiced
  • 1 large lime or lemon, juiced
  • 1 serrano pepper, minced
  • 1 to 2 chipotles in adobo
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup canola oil

Achiote-Annatto Citrus Marinade:

Directions

  1. Combine all of your ingredients in the blender listed for the marinade and blend on high until smooth. Taste for salt. This marinade works well with seafood, pork and chicken.

Mexico City Chicken:

Directions

  1. Combine the chicken and the marinade, stir well to combine and let marinate for at least 2 hours. When ready, skewer in this order: poblano pepper, bacon, chicken. Try not to make the kabobs too tight, and only use about 4 pieces of chicken per skewer.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 ºF. In a shallow rectangular dish, add the breadcrumb mix.
  3. Roll the kabobs in the breadcrumbs until evenly coated.
  4. Lay the kabobs on a lined baking sheet and when ready bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

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