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Easy Yucatan Chicken (Shrimp Recipe Included)

Don't you love easy recipes that are tasty? I do! Prepare one marinade and use it on both chicken or shrimp. This simple Yucatan-style marinade comes together quickly.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 Servings



  • 1 TBS achiote paste
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 habanero pepper stem ans seeds removed
  • 4-5 TBS grapeseed or canola oil plus more for cooking
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

You Will Also need

  • 2 large boneless chicken breast butterfly and then slice to yield 4 pieces. Pound out lightly to even out.
  • 16 jumbo shrimp cleaned and peeled
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp unsalted buttter
  • 1/3 cup Mexican beer
  • lime wedges for garnish



  • For Marinade: In the blender, combine all of the ingredients for the marinade. Blend until smooth. Taste for salt and set aside.
  • For Chicken: After you pound out the chicken, season it lightly with salt and pepper on both sides. Place into a large plastic storage bag and pour in the marinade. Place in refrigerator to marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • When ready to cook chicken, remove from refrigerator at least 30 minutes before. Shake off excess marinade and place onto plate.
  • Preheat stove stop grill pan at medium heat for 6-7 minutes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil like grapeseed or canola. Grill the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, tent and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • For Shrimp: After cleaning shrimp, transfer to a bowl. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Pour in the marinade and let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Add 3 tablespoons oil oil to cast iron pan and preheat to medium for 4-5 minutes. Shake off excess marinade from shrimp as you place it into the cast iron pan. Reserve marinade.
  • Cook the shrimp for 2 minutes per side. Remove from pan onto a clean plate. To the pan add the reserved used marinade , minced garlic and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. As soon as butter melts, add in the beer. Stir well to combine and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour sauce over shrimp. Serve right away.