Achiote chicken is a traditional dish originating in the Yucatan region of Mexico. It’s a smoky, spicy chicken dish that’s easy to make and full of flavor. The most traditional version is made with achiote paste, a paste made from annatto seeds, which gives the dish its distinct yellow-orange hue. Achiote chicken is usually served with tortillas, beans, and some type of Mexican salsa.
This dish has been a staple in Mexican cuisine for centuries. It has its roots in the Mayan civilization, which used annatto seeds to color and flavor food. Over time, the recipe evolved and now achiote chicken is enjoyed in many parts of the world.
Making achiote smoked chicken is easy and can be done in a few simple steps. First, you’ll need to make the achiote paste. To do this, you’ll need annatto seeds, cumin, garlic, oregano, black pepper, and salt. Grind these ingredients together in a food processor or blender until they form a paste.
Next, prepare the chicken. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Rub the achiote paste all over the chicken, making sure to cover it evenly. Place the chicken in a large bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Once the chicken is marinated, it’s time to cook it. Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the chicken on the smoker and cook for two to three hours, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once the chicken is cooked, you can garnish it with your favorite toppings. Some popular options include salsa, guacamole, chopped cilantro, diced onions, and lime wedges. You can also top the chicken with a sprinkle of queso fresco or Mexican crema.
Achiote smoked chicken is an easy and flavorful dish that can be enjoyed as an entrée or as part of a larger meal. Give it a try for a delicious and authentic Mexican meal, and pair it with a mezcal margarita for additional smoky goodness.