Chicken al Pastor Recipe

Chicken al Pastor Recipe

Chicken al pastor is a variation of the popular Mexican dish, tacos al pastor. Instead of using marinated pork cooked on a vertical spit, chicken al pastor uses marinated chicken thighs that are sliced thinly and cooked on a spit or skewers. The chicken is typically marinated in a mixture of chili peppers, spices, and pineapple juice, giving it a sweet and savory flavor similar to traditional pork al pastor. The sliced chicken is then served on small corn tortillas with diced onions, chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Some variations may also include sliced pineapple or a spicy salsa. Chicken al pastor is a delicious and flavorful alternative to pork tacos, and is a great option for people who prefer chicken over pork.

Chicken al Pastor Recipe

A recipe for making chicken al pastor at home:


  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Corn tortillas
  • Diced onions
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Sliced pineapple (optional)
  • Lime wedges (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the pineapple juice, chili powder, oregano, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Add the thinly sliced chicken to the bowl and toss to coat evenly with the marinade.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  5. Thread the marinated chicken onto a vertical spit or skewers and roast in the oven for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and slightly charred.
  6. While the chicken is cooking, warm the corn tortillas in a dry skillet or on a griddle.
  7. To assemble the tacos, place some sliced chicken onto each tortilla and top with diced onions, chopped cilantro, and sliced pineapple (if desired).
  8. Squeeze some fresh lime juice over the top and serve immediately.

Enjoy your homemade chicken al pastor tacos!