Chicken al Pastor

This chicken al pastor only uses one sheet pan and cooks in the oven in 25 minutes. It’s naturally gluten free, dairy free, and paleo. The low carb recipe is perfect for meal prepping or a family meal and uses very few ingredients. There are countless ways to serve this recipe to be sure everyone will enjoy.

  • Author: bailey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American (Mexican inspired)
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1.52 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1.5 cups diced pineapple or pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced

For the marinade:

  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo, chopped, plus 3 tablespoons of the sauce from the can
  • 3 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice from 1 large orange (about 1/3 cup orange juice)


  1. Add the marinade ingredients into a large bowl and mix well to combine. Add the chicken thighs and sliced onion into the bowl and toss to coat
  2. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight
  3. Move your oven racks so one is in the middle and another is 6 inches under the broiler. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  4. Line a large baking sheet with foil if desired. Add the diced pineapple to the baking sheet and then transfer the marinated chicken and onions onto the baking sheet as well
  5. Toss to mix the chicken with the pineapple to coat with the sauce and then place the baking sheet into the oven
  6. Bake on the center rack for 20 minutes
  7. The chicken should be nearly cooked through, but remove the sheet pan from the oven, transfer the chicken thighs to a cutting board and chop into bite size pieces
  8. While doing that, turn the oven onto the broil setting
  9. Return the chopped chicken to the sheet pan and place back into the oven. Broil for 5-6 minutes until the chicken and pineapple is caramelized and slightly charred
  10. Remove from oven and serve in tacos with optional toppings


Optional ingredients for serving:

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