Pollo a la Plancha (Colombian-Style Grilled Chicken Breast)

by Erica Dinho on March 29, 2014

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Pollo a la Plancha (Colombian-Style Grilled Chicken Breast)

I find chicken to be one of the most versatile proteins to cook. It’s delicious, and can be purchased at a decent price at most grocery stores. One of my favorite dishes to make with chicken breast is my mom’s Pollo a la Plancha. This Colombian-Style Grilled Chicken Breast recipe is simple to make and very flavorful.

Pollo a la Plancha (Colombian-Style Grilled Chicken Breast)

Pollo a la Plancha is something that reminds me of home and a dish that can often be found on the menu of almost every Colombian restaurant. But it’s also a very traditional home-cooked Colombian dish.

My mom always served it with rice, salad and avocado on the side. Other wonderful side dishes to serve with this Colombian-Style Grilled Chicken Breast are tajadas de plátano, patacones or yuca frita.

During the summer I like to grill the chicken outside, but during the cold months I use an inside grill (plancha).

You can also make this dish using thinly sliced fillets of pork or beef. I hope you enjoy making this Pollo a la Plancha too. Buen provecho!

Pollo a la Plancha (Colombian-Style Grilled Chicken Breast)



(4 servings)

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • Marinade

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground achiote or annatto
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 5 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • Salt and pepper

Pollo a la Plancha (Colombian-Style Grilled Chicken Breast)


  1. Rinse and dry the chicken. Pound each breast to an even thickness.
  2. Place the marinade ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Place the pounded chicken in a large sealable plastic bag or in a bowl and cover with the marinade. Let marinate for at least 3 hours, overnight is ideal.
  4. Pre-heat the grill or plancha.
  5. Place the chicken on the grill and cook for about 8 minutes total, turning halfway through. Allow the grilled chicken to rest for about 5 minutes, covered, before serving.
  6. Pollo a la Plancha (Colombian-Style Grilled Chicken Breast)

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Corina March 30, 2014 at 3:14 AM

It sounds like a lovely marinade. I don’t think I’ve added beer to a chicken marinade before so that’s something i’d love to try.


2 Mayito Castillo March 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Me encanta el toquesito delicioso que le da la cerveza al adobar el pollo. Se ve riquisima la receta. Gracias por compartirla!


3 ela@GrayApron March 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I like the way you opened that chicken breast! Perfectly grilled and looking better than ever! :) ela


4 Alan Bowman March 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Grills here in Spain are not that fantastic so pan-frying is more the order of the day and a lot of meat is sold thinly cut for flash-frying. Alejandra usually pan-fries chicken breasts and, like grilling, the searing heat keeps in the juices.


5 Angie@Angie's Recipes March 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

A wonderful meal. I don’t grill, but I guess it can be done in a pan too.


6 Erica Dinho March 31, 2014 at 9:11 AM



7 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz April 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM



8 grace April 1, 2014 at 4:53 PM

delicious marinade and VERY tasty-looking final product! this is a wonderful recipe, erica!


9 Belinda @zomppa April 1, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Simple and absolutely delightful!!


10 The Chicken Recipe June 27, 2014 at 4:21 AM

Lovely recipe and must try this tonight to impress my husband :) Thanks


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