My family’s favorite grilled or broiled chicken seasoned with Latin flavors to create the best tasting chicken!

Pollo Sabroso means delicious chicken in Spanish so I thought the name would be perfectly fitting for this flavorful chicken that everyone loves in my house. I especially love it topped with a little Peruvian Green Sauce!

Latin food has so much flavor because we like to use lots of seasoning and this chicken is no exception. A quick recipe for the broiler or grill; you can use thighs, legs, breast, wings, whatever you like. I usually let this marinate at least 20 minutes, but it’s even better if you marinate it overnight.

I personally enjoy this with all visible fat trimmed off the chicken and a small piece of skin on top. If you wish to make this without the skin, the points will be lower. This is also great with boneless chicken thighs or breasts.

Sazon seasoning with achiote is what gives this chicken the red color, and can be purchased in most supermarkets. I personally like Badia because it does not have MSG. I also have a recipe for Women's Shoes Cloudfoam Sneaker Tr Racer Dsw Adidas H1BqgIH if you wish to make it from scratch.

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Broiled or Grilled Pollo Sabroso

3 Freestyle Points 181 calories

Total Time:

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45 minutes

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:30

Pollo Sabroso means delicious chicken in Spanish so I thought the name would be perfectly fitting for this flavorful chicken that everyone loves in my house.

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  • 6 medium chicken thighs, with bone and skin
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce (coconut aminos for whole30)
  • 1 packet Sazon (in Spanish aisle, I prefer Badia brand with no MSG)
  • 1 teaspoon Adobo (in Spanish aisle)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. Season chicken with vinegar and soy sauce.
  2. Add sazon, 1 teaspoon of adobo, garlic powder, oregano and adobo and mix well. (Don’t use your hands or they will turn orange)
  3. Let chicken marinate at least 15 minutes.0 Buy Adispree Shoes 2 Running M Orange Adidas qWfnwEHCH
  4. Broil or grill on low until chicken is cooked through, turning halfway, careful not to burn, about 30 minutes. Enjoy with rice and salad.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1 thigh

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 3
  • Points +: 4
  • Calories: 181 calories
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 140mg
  • Sodium: 383.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 0.5g
  • Fiber: 0g
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  • Sugar: 0g
  • Protein: 29.5g
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  1. Unknown — January 15, 2013 @ 6:39 pm Reply

    I'm obsessed with all of your recipes and this is my favorite GO TO recipe. I just LOVE everything you make. It's good and healthy and has SOOOO MUCH FLAVOR!! All of your recipes are so easy to follow and so tasty. I haven't made one thing (out of a ton of recipes) that I didn't like. Thanks for sharing your talent. My husband appreciates it as well 🙂

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  2. Anonymous — January 20, 2013 @ 2:43 am Reply

    What temperature to i put the oven on (to broil) & for how much time? Thanks!

  3. MsSupathickMami — May 1, 2013 @ 11:27 pm Reply

    I made this tonight and eating right now , best chicken I ever made 🙂 thank you so muchhh for all your fantastic recipes 🙂

  4. JennyQs Black Nike Running Violet Persian Shoes Mens 9 White Max Zero Air July 13, 2013 @ 1:52 am Reply

    This was delicious! My broiler doesn't work and I don't have a grill, so I used my George Foreman grill to cook this up. I had to finish cooking it in the oven to keep it from burning on the grill.

  5. Running chica — July 17, 2013 @ 5:58 pm Reply

    I don't have soy sauce. Is it ok without?

  6. Adriana Adams — August 11, 2013 @ 5:40 pm Reply

    I bought the sazon and adobo for the arroz con pollo last week so I am glad that it looks I will be able to find a lot of recipes here that I can use them for 🙂

  7. fitfatfabulous — December 10, 2013 @ 8:08 pm Reply

    This is one of my favorite recipes! So simple and so easy! Definitely making this tonight! I am going to try and use chicken breasts and see how it comes out! Love your stuff!

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  9. bethany hooser — April 22, 2014 @ 12:19 am Reply

    I made this tonight. I grilled it and used boneless and skinless thighs – was great and really juicy. I made it with the fiesta lime rice – really good together. I will say that I have never used adobo before and was surprised at how sticky and oily it is at the same time! I was unclear about how much to use – I used a couple (2 or 3) tablespoons. seems like it was enough. I did use a little extra vinegar and soy sauce as after putting the adobo the chicken seemed so sticky. it came out really good and I will definitely make it again!

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  10. Anonymous — July 2, 2014 @ 7:12 pm Reply

    I am confused how this is only 4 points plus per a serving as one 3oz chicken thigh with skin and bone is 6 points plus on the WW website??

    • Anonymous — July 22, 2018 @ 8:51 am Reply

      I know I’m late to this discussion, but since it’s on this week’s menu it’s worth mentioning again…  I don’t know points plus, but the same is true for Freestyle Points. One thigh with skin is EIGHT POINTS without anything added. A thigh without skin or bone is still four points, without adding anything at all. 

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      • Danielle — July 25, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

        I just commented about this as well. I didn’t know if I was entering it wrong :/ Let’s hope there’s something we’re missing that can make it a 3 point meal!

  11. Anonymous — February 18, 2015 @ 2:01 am Reply

    This chicken is fantastic! I added a little hot sauce before I broiled it. I made it with the roasted broccoli with garlic. I just took out another package of chicken to make it again tomorrow.

  12. Natalia Smith — February 21, 2015 @ 8:01 am Reply

    Wow!!! Great chicken recipe!!! My husband loved it!!! This chicken is certainly muy sabroso. Once again, thank you for another fantastic recipe.

  13. Katkat521 — May 3, 2015 @ 8:53 pm Reply

    Making this tonight with baked rice & peas which is currently in oven. I've lost 13 pounds since January cooking from your website. Thank you!!!!

  14. Mike Schorr — January 10, 2016 @ 10:58 pm Reply

    Might want to check the Smartpoints conversion on this. Unless all of the fat is saturated, it is 4 points, not 9

  15. Anonymous — January 27, 2016 @ 8:12 pm Reply

    I have been living on your recipes for years! Love! Why is one thigh 9 SP? Was it 6 oz raw?

  16. Meagan B — March 20, 2016 @ 3:18 pm Reply
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    We made this last night with the Mexican adobo sauce (we're in the middle of California, it's hard to find anything outside of Mexican ingredients) and it was amazing. Everyone loved it! So, now you know the Mexican version works great too 🙂

  17. How much is a “generous amount” of adobo? A tablespoon? A quarter cup? I don’t want to over or underdo it. Thanks!

    • Gina — April 17, 2016 @ 10:44 am Reply

      1 teaspoon

  18. Victoria — June 13, 2016 @ 5:17 pm Reply

    IS this something I could let marinate over night?
    I LOVE Your recipes!! Every one I have tried has been amazing. I have lost 30 pounds using them since March. 😀
    Thank you so much!

  19. Shay — June 17, 2016 @ 7:54 pm Reply

    I’ve made this recipe a million times and my whole family loves it. I was going to make a big batch for a group gathering, but I have a few people that aren’t brave enough to do chicken thighs. Gina, have you tired this with any other meat? Pork? Salmon? Thanks ahead of time!

  20. April — July 3, 2016 @ 12:46 pm Reply

    The seasoned chicken freezes well, ready to thaw and cook as needed. When I find chicken on sale for a good price, I’ll seasons a bunch of it up and freeze it. This recipe stays in regular rotation at my house. I love all of your recipes, but this and the salsa are my all-time favorites!

  21. Burgundy Sneakers Red Shoes Sneakers Burgundy ZpqzWazHxLisa — April 25, 2017 @ 7:20 pm Reply

    Hi Gina

    Would you mind updating this recipe with the quantities for garlic powder and oregano?  I made this tonight with chicken breasts and it was good but didn’t look saucy like your picture. I used balsamic vinegar – is that what you use?  Also I used homemade sazon from  your recipe that I made a while ago so maybe it wasn’t fresh enough. It was still delicious like all of your recipes but I was missing the color. Getting ready,to order sazon on line now so I can make it again soon. 

    • Elizabeth — August 16, 2017 @ 3:38 pm Reply

      I make this all the time. Use distilled white vinegar. It’s actually not saucy at all, but should have crisp skin.

  22. Angela — December 10, 2017 @ 8:55 pm Reply

    I love this receipe!!! I wish I could automatically upload all your receipes to the Weight Watchers app.

  23. Jill — April 10, 2018 @ 9:52 am Reply

    HELP! I cannot find Sazon or Adobo where I live and Amazon won’t/can’t ship to Canada. Any thoughts on what I could use as a substitute?

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  24. Deb — May 3, 2018 @ 4:34 am Reply

    What is adobo and Saxon ? I’m in the uk

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  27. Hi! I haven’t eaten much Latin food–what would you serve on the side? I doing keto, so any low-carb suggestions would be wonderful. Thanks!

    • Gina — May 9, 2018 @ 2:49 pm Reply or would be good low carb options. Veggies, a salad, endless options! 🙂

  28. Erin K — May 10, 2018 @ 5:20 pm Reply

    Have you thought about making your own Sazon blend that doens’t include the food coloring and other odd ingredients? I’d love a cleaner alternative! Why do they have to put that dang red dye #40 in everything?!

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      And I looked at the comments above! You have!!! 🙂 You’re the best.

  29. Lindsey — May 21, 2018 @ 1:55 pm Reply

    Delicious!!!Silly question- when you use Adobo, do you use the one that comes with pepper or without? Thanks! Love all of your recipes and am particularly enjoying the Latin recipes lately! 

    Rating: 5
    • Gina — June 12, 2018 @ 3:32 pm Reply

      You can use either.

  30. Yesi — May 28, 2018 @ 7:22 pm Reply

    This chicken recipe is absolutely delicious! I will definitely be making this again. My family loved it as well, and I topped it with Gina’s recipe for the Peruvian Green Sauce and it tastes AMAZING! Thank you Gina!

    Rating: 5
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  32. Curious, if I use homemade Sazon, how much do you recommend?
    I am making this tonight. Bought the packets but not the right one
    and have some Sazon that I made previously.

  33. Sue — July 19, 2018 @ 9:13 am Reply

    The chicken was so delicious! Thank you for an awesome, easy, and very tasty recipe!

    Rating: 5
  34. Anna Wilson — July 22, 2018 @ 8:27 pm Reply

    This is the stuff summer dreams are made of. Amazing. I love to cook and have made loads of chicken dishes and this one ranks among the top. Smoky, crispy outside, moist inside, bursting with flavor. I made the Peruvian sauce with it, which was fabulous, but honestly not even necessary if you don’t have the ingredients on hand. My kids gobbled it up and my husband and I are looking forward to the next opportunity to make it! Do yourself a favor and put this on your short list of recipes to try!!! ?

  35. Monica — July 23, 2018 @ 5:42 pm Reply

    I wish I could rate this 100 stars! crowd pleaser! My two year old had to be cut off! Thank you for this recipe! Husband loved it with the Green Sauce! Thank you! 

    Rating: 5
  36. Connie — July 25, 2018 @ 12:16 pm Reply

    How is the cook time different if using boneless skinless thighs?

    • Gina — July 25, 2018 @ 1:35 pm Reply
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      Maybe 5 minutes less, I would cut into it to check doneness.

      • Connie — July 25, 2018 @ 4:06 pm

        Thanks, about to broil!  Cross my fingers, I always burn when broiling 🙂  Smells amazing already though.  

      • Connie — July 25, 2018 @ 7:27 pm

        this chicken was fantastic!  20 min total and it was juicy, flavourful, really good.  (I didn’t have annatto or tumeric when making my sazon so used paprika in it’s place)

  37. Danielle — July 25, 2018 @ 12:21 pm Reply

    Hi Gina, I’m entering the ingredients into my Weight Watchers app and when I put in for the chicken, it says each piece is 8 points. Am I missing something or entering something wrong since you list this as a 3 point meal? Thanks!

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  39. Mrs. GE — July 25, 2018 @ 3:59 pm Reply

    I bought the sazón in a shaker but your recipe calls for a packet.  How much is that?  A teaspoon? Tablespoon?  Not very clear.

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      About 1 and 1/2 teaspoons.

  40. Heidi — July 25, 2018 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    So delicious and fresh, my husband and 9 year old gave it rave reviews! We made the Peruvian green sauce to go with it. Definitely will be making this again.

    Rating: 5
  41. Launa D — August 1, 2018 @ 10:08 pm Reply

    Made this with the Peruvian Green Sauce for my family (myself, husband, two sons, 12 and 14). Loved loved loved! Amazing flavors!

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  42. Sarah Randall — October 7, 2018 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    How many tablespoons/grams is the Sazon in this recipe? I do not have packets, and want to make sure I get the measurement right. 

  43. Want to make this tonight. Can I use Sazon Tropical?

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