Pollo (chicken) Pibil recipe

Mar 16, 2015 by Capt. John Wampler

Pollo Pibil is a Mexican chicken dish from the Yucatan in which chicken is smothered with achiote paste and sour orange juice and slow cooked in banana leaves over hot wood coals in a hole in the ground.

As we don’t have a hole to dig aboard, I slow roast the pibil in a crockpot.

Achiote paste is a dark red paste made of ground annatto seeds that has a soft, earthy flavor, similar to saffron. You can find it in Latin grocery stores, along with the sour orange juice needed for this dish.

For this spin on a traditional Pollo Pibil, I use split chicken breasts (though thighs can be used for the budget cook) and slow cooked them in a delicious achiote-spiced sauce.

Makes excellent tacos or burritos, or simply serve over yellow rice, Garnish with cilantro, cebolla morada (from last month’s recipe) or pico de gallo. Enjoy.

Chicken (Pollo) Pibil photo from John Wampler

Chicken (Pollo) Pibil photo from John Wampler


3 lbs skinless split chicken breasts

Salt and pepper

1 onion, quartered

1/2 cup sour orange juice

2 habaneros, seeded and diced

3 garlic cloves, diced

1 Tbsp coriander

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

4 Tbsp achiote paste

1/4 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken atop onion in crock pot.

In a blender, combine the remaining ingredients to form the sauce. Pour over the chicken. Slow cook on low heat for 4-5 hours until the chicken can be easily shredded from the rib with a fork. Shred the chicken (discard rib) and let everything cook for 30 minutes more with the crock pot lid off. Leaving the lid off will help some of the water evaporate so the sauce thickens up.


Related Articles

New MTN debuts premium connectivity service

Priva by Global Eagle, a new satellite connectivity service designed to serve “VVIP” clients across their assets — on land at their private villa or island, at sea on

Two dead after fire at Dozier Yachting Center

Two dead after fire at Dozier Yachting Center

Two people were killed in a fire at Dozier Yachting Center in Urbanna, Virginia on Feb. 29, Virginia State Police have confirmed. More than 50 boats were affected by

ISS seeks nominations for awards of distinction

ISS seeks nominations for awards of distinction International Superyacht Society (ISS) Awards for Design and Leadership will be presented at 24th Annual Gala during the Fort Lauderdale International …

Willy T told to relocate from BVI bay

Willy T told to relocate from BVI bay

The owner of the iconic Willy T, a floating restaurant and bar in the British Virgin Islands that was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017 and replaced with a

Trial begins in Cheeki Rafiki deaths

Trial begins in Cheeki Rafiki deaths

Trial began yesterday for the director of a U.K.-based yacht management company accused of negligence in the deaths of the S/Y Cheeki Rafiki sailing crew in May 2104, according

Dredging project may hamper boat show access

After two weeks of meetings in mid-January, concerns over a narrowed channel to the Yacht & Brokerage Show appear to have been alleviated with extra tug boats. Show Management,