Adobo Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Mango Salsa

Photograph: Robin Selden for Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning

Adobo Marinade

  • 2 Jalapeno Chili Peppers, seeded, and deveined
  • 8 Guajillo Chili Peppers, seeded, and deveined
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light Beer
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup diced White Onion
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 1⁄4 cup Lime Juice
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh Cilantro
  • 6 Boneless Chicken Breasts

For the Pineapple Mango Salsa

  • 1 C Mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 C fresh Pineapple, diced
  • 3 T diced Red Onion
  • 1 ½ T Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and finely minced
  • ½ Red Pepper, diced
  • ½ C fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 T fresh Lime juice
  • 1 T Honey
  • Salt, to taste


Heat a skillet over medium heat, and toast the jalapeno and guajillo peppers, turning them over, until they are blistered. Soak them in enough cold water to cover until they’re soft, about 30 minutes. Drain and discard the soaking water.

Put all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend until incorporated and emulsified. Strain the adobo mixture for a smooth consistency. (This marinade freezes beautifully).

Marinate the boneless chicken breasts in the adobo marinate for at least two hours.  To prepare the salsa, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours.

Grill the chicken until cooked thoroughly, about 5-6 minutes per side. Place the grilled chicken on a platter nd top with the pineapple mango salsa. Delicioso!

Marcia Selden Catering
 has been creating unique events with an accent on extraordinary food, creativity, and highly polished professional service. The business is a family affair. From her Stamford headquarters, Marcia, with daughter Robin, son Jeffrey, and a team of dedicated and experienced party planners and chefs, work together to create “dream” events. They understand that a great party celebrates life’s milestones and believe in the host’s privilege to avoid stress and enjoy every minute. We are proud supporters of marriage equality. Whatever your desire, whether it’s a low-key clambake on the beach, a lavish over-the-top wedding, or anything in between, they will create a special memory that you and your guests will remember for years.

Marcia Selden Catering and Event Planning, 65 Research Drive, Stamford, 203 353-8000

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