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Pibil Pollo

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Pibil Pollo
In Quintana Roo, in Mexico's Yucutan region, this chicken dish is quite popular. Bitter orange can be replaced with equal parts lemon juice and fresh squeezed orange juice.


  • 1 large or 2 small banana leaves
  • 8 pieces of chicken
  • 2 tablespoons of red chile paste
  • juice of 4 bitter oranges
  • 4 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 sprig of epazote
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup butter


Mix the red chile paste, garlic, salt and orange juice until well combined. Let chicken marinate in this mixture for a minimum of 2 hours. Pierce chicken with a fork to help moisten meat.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place chicken on banana leaf and top with tomatoes, onions and epazote. Dot pieces of butter on top. Wrap up banana leaf over chicken and turn over so the weight of the chicken keeps the leaf closed. Or tie it up with oven-safe string.

Place wrapped chicken on the top rack of oven over a large oven-safe bowl filled half way with water. Steam for 60-90 minutes depending on size of chicken pieces.

Remove chicken from leaf and serve with fresh tomato, onion and chile.

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 5 out of 5
Delicious!, Member mcpeon

I include a dash of oregano at the sauce and I also serve it with Escabeche is like a sauce made with onion, vinegar and oregano cook until soft and a lot of tortillas and refried beans.

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