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Dallo Yucatan

Pibil Chicken Wings

Cooking spicy food is an excellent cure-all for the body and spirit. The habaneros are the main element that, together with the chicken wings, make up this recipe.

Choosing a spicy ingredient next to a tender and soft meat like chicken is a perfect solution to underline the authentic flavor of the seasoning . The spicy touch is framed by the citrus scent released by the Pibil-style marinade.

The fundamental requirement for this recipe is that the chicken is raised on the ground , like our free-range chickens .

Marinatura Pibil : what is it and how is it done?

The proposed recipe is typical of the Yucatan region, in Mexico , where the spicy flavor is included in many dishes and sometimes requires a particular side dish to underline the strong taste.

Pibil is an ancient term that dates back to the Mayan era and literally means buried . The cooking method consists of wrapping chicken wings in large banana leaves and cooking them in makeshift braziers created in holes in the ground.

To recreate the Pibil today you can use embers and wrap the chicken wings in aluminum foil .

The Mayans used to add fragrant spices to citrus fruits to increase the flavor of food and alongside habanero to add a spicy touch.

To prepare the Pibil marinade it is necessary to use many different spices capable of creating a unique flavor mix. Among all, Achiote stands out: an orange paste capable of giving flavor and a bright orange color to chicken wings.

Pibil marinade ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon cumin
  • 4 cloves
  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of Achiote
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups organic orange juice
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 pinch of fine salt


To create the paste in which to immerse the chicken wings overnight, you need to mix all the ingredients in a mortar or electric mixer. Once the dough has been created, place the chicken wings in a bowl and sprinkle them with the marinade.

Chicken wings and cooking

Yucatan chicken wings require a constant cooking temperature . Once the marinade is complete, simply place them on the heat and cook them for 3 or 4 minutes .

Wrap the marinated chicken wings in aluminum foil , so you can recreate the cooking method used by the Mayans!

Pay maximum attention to color. If you have the impression that they are not cooked, move them to the side of the grill where they receive heat indirectly so that they can complete cooking.

Plating requires the addition of habanero citrus sauce.

To prepare the sauce it is necessary to mix a little Achiote with the habanero: at this stage it is advisable to use the chilli sparingly as it is very rich in flavor and risks compromising the balance of the dish.

Before serving, spread a little sauce on the chicken wings. Spicy chicken wings are ready to enjoy!

Our free-range chicken

Choosing chicken wings or a whole chicken is indifferent as long as you prefer genuine foods from certified farms such as Bovì products. The chickens raised on our farms are raised on pasture - not on concrete - and are free to scratch, which is why they are authentic free-range chickens .

The success of dishes created with imagination is directly proportional to the choice of ingredients. This is why it is important to prefer healthy and genuine foods like those offered by Bovì.

The possible solutions within our shop offer the possibility of bringing dishes rich in flavor, aroma and taste to the table with the certainty that the main ingredients are top quality.

Our company, and our affiliates, choose to follow an ethic based on respect for the animal and the customer. In this way we can guarantee the high quality of our farms and our products.