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Tacos de Poc Chuc de Pollo (Yucatán)

How to Make Tacos de Poc Chuc de Pollo (Yucatán)

Tacos de Poc Chuc de Pollo are a Yucatecan specialty featuring grilled or seared chicken. “Poc Chuc” refers to a traditional Mayan-style preparation of meat, often pork or chicken, that’s been marinated and grilled or cooked over a flame.

For Tacos de Poc Chuc de Pollo specifically, chicken pieces are typically marinated in a citrusy mixture containing ingredients such as orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, and various spices, which may include achiote (annatto), garlic, oregano, and black pepper. After marinating, the chicken is grilled or seared until it reaches a flavorful and slightly charred exterior while remaining tender and juicy inside.

The cooked chicken is then sliced or shredded and served as a filling for tacos. It’s commonly accompanied by various toppings or condiments such as pickled red onions, sliced radishes, chopped cilantro, and sometimes a spicy salsa or habanero sauce to complement the flavors of the grilled chicken.

Tacos de Poc Chuc de Pollo showcase the vibrant flavors of Yucatecan cuisine, incorporating tangy and citrusy marinades with well-grilled or seared meat, resulting in a delicious and distinctive taco experience.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Lovers of grilled meats, fans of citrusy flavors, and those interested in Yucatecan cuisine.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time: 20 minutes (plus marinating time), Cooking time: 15 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 300-350 calories per serving, high in protein and vitamin C.

About this Recipe

Poc Chuc is a traditional dish from the Yucatán, often made with pork. However, the chicken version offers a lighter alternative while retaining the dish’s characteristic flavors. The chicken is marinated in a mixture of citrus juices and spices before being grilled to perfection.

Equipment Required

  • Grill or grill pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Tongs


  • Chicken breasts: 2 lbs, thinly sliced
  • Corn tortillas: 12 pieces
  • For the marinade:
  • Orange juice: 1 cup
  • Lime juice: 1/2 cup
  • Garlic cloves: 3, minced
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Pepper: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Optional garnishes: chopped cilantro, diced onions, lime wedges


  1. Prepare Marinade: In a mixing bowl, combine orange juice, lime juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  2. Marinate Chicken: Place the chicken slices in the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated. Marinate for at least 1 hour, or overnight for best results.
  3. Preheat Grill: Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  4. Grill Chicken: Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill each slice for about 5-7 minutes per side, or until fully cooked.
  5. Warm Tortillas: While the chicken is grilling, warm the corn tortillas on a griddle or skillet until they become pliable.
  6. Assemble Tacos: Slice the grilled chicken into strips and place them onto each warmed tortilla.
  7. Garnish and Serve: Add optional garnishes like chopped cilantro, diced onions, or a squeeze of lime.

Side Dishes

  • Grilled vegetables
  • Black bean salad
  • Guacamole and tortilla chips

Storage Options

  • Store leftover grilled chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat on the grill or in a skillet to maintain texture.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Lemon juice can replace lime juice for a different citrusy note.
  • Chicken thighs can be used for a juicier texture.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tacos de Pollo Asado: Grilled chicken tacos with a different marinade, often featuring chilies and spices.
  • Tacos de Carne Asada: Tacos filled with grilled beef.
  • Tacos de Pescado: Tacos featuring grilled or fried fish.


Tacos de Poc Chuc de Pollo offer a unique blend of citrusy and smoky flavors, drawing inspiration from the traditional Yucatecan dish of Poc Chuc.

The marinade infuses the chicken with a tangy zest, while the grilling adds a smoky depth. These tacos are perfect for those looking to explore the diverse world of Mexican cuisine while enjoying a protein-packed, flavorful meal. Happy cooking!