I am currently eating my way around Mexico and loving all the fresh healthy food. We are visiting the Yucatán Peninsula which is in south east Mexico on the Caribbean sea. Here the dishes are influenced by the Mayan culture in addition to the usual Mexican flavours.

Yucatan Chicken - Pollo Pibil

Yucatan Chicken – Pollo Pibil

Whenever we are travelling I like to do at least one cooking class so I can get a real feeling for how to create the local food.  Doing a class means I am able to see first hand how the food is prepared.  It also allows me to become familiar with any unusual ingredients.

Mexican Soft Taco

Mexican Soft Taco

Eating out in restaurants and on the streets of Mexico showed me how badly we have interpreted the Mexican cuisine in Australia.

Yucatan Chicken Skewers

Yucatan Chicken Skewers

When I had the opportunity to speak to chefs and my cooking teacher I quizzed them on a few of the discrepancies I had noticed.

I have prepared some interesting culinary faux pas;

  1. Until recently in Australia taco’s have been hard shells not soft tortilla.
  2. We use cheese and sour cream on our taco’s where as I haven’t seen a single taco with these fillings at all.
  3. Tortilla are usually made with Masa Corn Flour not Wheat Flour.
  4. In Australia mince meat is a common Mexican taco filling but in Mexico they don’t use mince at all.
  5. We make guacamole with sour cream.
  6. Lime is usually used not lemon in Mexico
  7. Salsa means sauce in Mexican so a salsa is not chunky its smooth.
  8. What we know as Salsa in Australia (i.e. diced tomato, chill, onion etc) is called Pico.

Mexican Soft Taco

Mexican Soft Taco

So what do you think?  Were there any surprises for you.  The hardest one to get my head around when ordering was that a salsa would always be a smooth sauce.

Mexican Soft Tacos

Mexican Soft Tacos

Yucatan Chicken is such a simple dish but the colour and flavour is absolutely delicious. The meat is marinated in a gorgeous orange spice paste made using achiote and orange juice. It gives the chicken a lovely mellow flavour which is further enhanced by the charcoal of the barbecue during cooking.

Mexican Tacos w Salsa Verde

Mexican Tacos w Salsa Verde

Yucatan Chicken is a dish that is extremely popular in the Yucatán region. The marinade can also be used for prawns or fish. The meat is served on Mexican rice or freshly made corn tortilla.

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Mexican Yucatan Chicken - Pollo Pibil
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Mexican Yucatan Chicken - Pollo Pibil
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
An authentic Mexican chicken recipe is easy to make and can be used in soft taco's or with Mexican Rice.
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10
Author: Julie
Ingredients
  • 700 gm chicken thigh fillets
Salad
  • 1/2 cup red & white cabbage shredded
  • 1/4 cup carrot shredded
  • 1 Tbs coriander
Marinade
  • ½ g x 100 packet "El Yucateco" achiote paste
  • 1 orange juiced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic
To Serve
  • 10 corn tortilla's
  • lime juice
Instructions
  1. Slice the chicken thigh fillets into strips. Place in a non reactive bowl.
  2. Place all the marinade ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken and ensure all the chicken is well covered.
  4. Place the chicken in the fridge and allow it to marinade for at least 3 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  6. Thread the chicken onto skewers.
  7. Place baking paper on a large baking tray and add the skewers to the tray for cooking.
  8. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes. (The skewers can also be cooked on a BBQ or pan fried).
  9. Combine salad ingredients whilst the chicken cooks.
  10. Serve the cooked chicken with tortilla the salad and a squeeze of lime juice.
  11. Enjoy

Mexican Yucatan Chicken w Salsa Verde

Mexican Yucatan Chicken w Salsa Verde

The sauce on the side of the Yucatan Chicken is a Mexican Salsa Verde.  It’s basically a green hot chilli sauce and is found on every salsa bar in Mexico and California.

Yucatan Chicken - Pollo Pibil

Yucatan Chicken – Pollo Pibil

I will be sharing the Salsa Verde recipe in an upcoming story. It is so easy to make and the favour is unique to Mexican food.

Pollo Pibil "Pin Me"Mexican Yucatan Chicken.

Pollo Pibil “Pin Me”Mexican Yucatan Chicken.

Feel free to pin the dish for later, it’s great cooked on the BBQ.

Mexican Chicken Skewers Food Gawker

Mexican Chicken Skewers Food Gawker

So readers, I’m curious, what is your favourite Mexican dish? Do you like to take cooking classes whilst on holidays?

Annatto Sauce Ingredients

Annatto Sauce Ingredients

P.s These are the sauce ingredients. I was able to find the Annatto Paste very easily in our small Coffs Harbour specialty store. Otherwise have a look online. 1 package makes a double serve of the recipe.