Tangerine Adobo Chicken

Adobo de Pollo a la Mandarina

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This Tangerine Adobo Chicken is a Mexican recipe with an unusually flavorful combination of tangerine juice, Maggi seasoning, brown sugar, chipotle chiles, and adobo sauce that will have your taste buds doing the happy dance. Give this recipe a try at your next BBQ.

Whether you prefer to use your outdoor charcoal grill, gas grill, or in your oven, this chicken recipe will produce a distinct theme of tangerine flavor with just the right blend of chipotle, adobo, Maggi seasoning, and brown sugar. If desired, you can garnish with fresh chopped herbs like cilantro or basil.

One tangerine will yield about 1/2 cup of tangerine juice so you will need 8 tangerines if you squeeze your juice fresh. If you have trouble finding Maggi seasoning sauce in your local grocery store you can order it online at Amazon.

Can’t Find Tangerines or Tangerine Juice?

Not a problem just replace the tangerine juice with orange juice. Tangerines are a member of the orange family and will yield a similar taste in the end.

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So dig out your sombrero, fire up the grill, and let’s cook some Tangerine Adobo Chicken. You will love it, your family will love it, your friends will love it because everyone loves it.

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Tangerine Adobo Chicken

Tangerine Adobo Chicken

Recipe Author : Mike Gonzalez
Tangerine Adobo Chicken is a dish with big flavors. This dish has a deep, rich color and the overall taste is savory and sweet.

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 27 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 people


  • 8 chicken thighs bone-in
  • 4 cups tangerine juice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tbsp Maggi seasoning sauce
  • 2 tbsp chipotle chiles in adobo sauce chopped


  • In a large saucepan heat the tangerine juice and sugar, whisking until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Stirring consistently, add in the Maggi seasoning sauce and chipotle chiles, cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Do not boil.
  • Remove the marinating mixture from the heat and let it cool.
  • Place chicken thighs in a large freezer bag, carefully pour in marinating mixture, seal, and refrigerate for 12 hours.
  • Preheat grill or broiler.
  • Grill or broil chicken for about 7 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in the center. The chicken thighs should have an internal temperature of 165 F degrees. If you do not have a thermometer, pierce a thigh with a knife and if the juice runs clear, the thighs are cooked.
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Did You Know?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “tangerine” was originally an adjective meaning “Of or pertaining to, or native of Tangier, a seaport in Morocco, on the Strait of Gibraltar” and “a native of Tangier.” The OED cites this usage from Addison’s The Tatler in 1710 with similar uses from the 1800s. The adjective was applied to the fruit, once known scientifically as “Citrus nobilis var. tangeriana” which grew in the region of Tangiers. This usage appears in the 1800s.

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