Sun Valley Jose Mier’s Take on Pop’s Chicken

Pop's Chicken Sun Valley Jose Mier

Local Alternative to Corporate Chicken Chains

Sun Valley Jose Mier highlights another local restaurant, this time it’s Pop’s Chicken on Saticoy St. A favorite of locals, it serves some delicious grilled chicken in the Mexican style. Check out the listing on Foursquare.

Pop's Chicken Sun Valley Jose Mier
Pop’s Chicken Sun Valley Jose Mier

Introduction: Mexican cuisine is renowned for its bold flavors, vibrant spices, and hearty dishes that capture the essence of its diverse culinary heritage. Among the plethora of mouthwatering delights, Mexican grilled chicken stands out as a true testament to the country’s rich gastronomic tradition. In this exploration, we delve into the origins, ingredients, techniques, and cultural significance of Mexican grilled chicken, accompanied by a delectable recipe that embodies the essence of this beloved dish.

Origins and Cultural Significance: The roots of Mexican grilled chicken can be traced back to the indigenous cooking methods of pre-Columbian civilizations such as the Aztecs and Mayans. These ancient cultures utilized grilling techniques to cook meats, infusing them with smoky flavors while preserving their natural juices. Over time, as Spanish conquistadors introduced new ingredients such as garlic, onions, and citrus fruits to the region, Mexican cuisine underwent a transformation, leading to the development of iconic dishes like grilled chicken.

Ingredients: Central to the flavor profile of Mexican grilled chicken are the spices and marinades used to season the meat. Key ingredients include cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic, oregano, and lime juice, which come together to create a harmonious blend of savory, smoky, and tangy notes. Additionally, traditional Mexican ingredients such as adobo sauce, chipotle peppers, and cilantro add depth and complexity to the marinade, elevating the dish to new heights of culinary excellence.

Pop’s Chicken does this to perfection but if you want to try your hand at it…

Recipe: Mexican Grilled Chicken


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, minced garlic, ground cumin, paprika, chili powder, dried oregano, lime juice, salt, and pepper to create the marinade.
  2. Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag or shallow dish, and pour the marinade over them, ensuring they are evenly coated. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to fully penetrate the meat.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grates to prevent sticking.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade, shaking off any excess, and place it on the preheated grill. Cook for 6-8 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and has grill marks on both sides.
  5. Once cooked, transfer the grilled chicken to a serving platter and garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve hot alongside your favorite Mexican sides such as rice, beans, salsa, and guacamole.

Techniques: Achieving perfectly grilled Mexican chicken requires mastering a few key techniques. Firstly, ensure that the grill is preheated to the correct temperature to promote even cooking and create those coveted grill marks. Secondly, avoid overcrowding the grill to allow the chicken breasts ample space to cook evenly. Lastly, resist the temptation to constantly flip the chicken, as this can disrupt the cooking process and prevent the meat from developing a flavorful char.

Conclusion: In conclusion, Mexican grilled chicken epitomizes the essence of Mexican cuisine with its bold flavors, vibrant spices, and succulent texture. Whether enjoyed as a standalone dish or incorporated into tacos, salads, or burritos, this culinary masterpiece never fails to delight the senses and evoke the spirit of Mexico’s rich gastronomic heritage. So fire up the grill, gather your ingredients, and embark on a flavorful journey through the heart of Mexico with this irresistible recipe for Mexican grilled chicken.