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Grilled Chicken – El Polo al Carbon

This is a traditional Mexican’s grilled chicken recipe. This and Mexican rice or tortilla and some salsa would make a great dish.


  • 1 whole chickens, cut in half down the middle
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium size bell pepper, chopped
  • a bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatillos, husks removed, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot chili powder

Cooking method:

Sautéed onion, garlic and tomatillos in oil until soft. Add chopped cilantro, bell pepper, juices and spices. Simmer for about 10 minutes while stirring. Set aside and allow to cool. Place chickens in a large container or large resealable bags. Cover with sauce and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours. Preheat grill. Remove chicken halves from marinade and place on medium hot grill. Grill for about 30 minutes turning occasionally and basting with reserved sauce every 10 minutes. Do not baste in the last 10 minutes of grilling.

Mexican/Spanish Rice Recipe

I received this recipe from my daughter’s best friend.  This is an authentic home made recipe. Here it is:


  • 1 cup of rice (1 cup = 1 coffee mug)
  • 2 cups water or better, chicken broth
  • 1 tbspn chicken powder (or buillon)
  • 1/2 can of tomato sauce
  • olive oil

Cooking method:

  • heat pan with olive oil
  • fry the rice until golden brown (you can add onion and/or garlic before putting the rice in)
  • turn off stove & add tomato sauce, water & chicken powder … mix them well
  • turn stove on, bring water to a boil (cover with lid)
  • keep boiling (5-10 mins) until you can’t see the water anymore
  • turn off stove but keep the lid on for about 10-15 minutes
  • serve!

Tip: once the rice is fully cooked, immediately mix in some butter to add buttery taste and the shiny look.