Jan 31

Pollo Asada Fries

Hooray for a third cheesy recipe! (Did you know there used to be a time [aka ages ~6-20] where I thought I hated cheese?)

If you haven’t checked out my Turkey Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates (…colloquially known as “HOT DATES FROM FARRAH” by popular vote/opinion) or my Cheddar Fruit Salad, definitely go check those out! :]

If you have in fact seen the other posts, Cabot Creamery challenged Recipe ReDux members to create a healthier snack! Since I received a bunch of samples from Cabot Creamery, I figured I had to transmute that goodness into something!

As I’ve already talked about their awesomeness because of their sustainability practices and the fact that 100% of their profits go back to their farmers, I’m just going to tell you that they’ve won every major award for taste, including “World’s Best Cheddar” and you should totally check out this link on the different types of cows, and how that affects cheese-making! I spent my four years of undergrad at UC Davis and lived briefly on Dairy Road for summer advising, so I am all about happy cows. <3

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As I’m originally from California, Mexican food is a happy favorite of mine. (Although that was something I also used to dislike back when I thought I didn’t like cheese…) I’m blessed in the sense that we actually have an amazing restaurant here that rivals the ones in southern California. (Fighting words, I know, and I’m actually from northern CA, but seriously, they’re awesome.)

For the past two-ish months of rotations, I’ve driven past Suplex Tacos almost every weekday, and lemme tell you, it’s really, really hard to talk myself out of going there every night. I’ve actually only stopped there once thus far. (The call for their Pollo Asada Fries was too great!)

Cheese fries were the staple comfort food for my housemates when I was in New Jersey for grad school, but quite unfortunately, both of these deliciously lovely concepts are also rather far from healthy, so I decided to set out and make my own at home!

Since I don’t actually have a cheese grater, I had to get a little creative and used a lemon zester-ish type contraption to “shred” the cheese. My left thumb sacrificed a number of skin cells during the making of this recipe. (It was worth it though!)

Please also note the following:

  • The chicken I used was not grilled because I was too hungry, so if you want a more “authentic” pollo asada fries, because ‘asada” actually means “grilled,” you might want to do that!
  • You can top it with a couple tablespoons of Cabot Plain Greek-style Yogurt (my go-to replacement for sour cream). My tower of fries was starting to collapse, so I did not. :O

By posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Pollo Asada Fries Pollo Asada Fries


  • 1 1/2 large potatoes
  • 1-1 1/2 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1-1 1/2 oz. Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese, grated/shaved
  • 3/4 12.5 oz. can shredded chicken (or ~1.5 cups grilled chicken, shredded)
  • 4 tbsp guacamole (homemade or store-bought), or to taste
  • squeeze of lime juice

Pollo Asada Fries

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cut potatoes into wedges. Mix the EVOO, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and chili powder together. Coat potatoes with the mixture and place onto baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes (or until crispy on outside but tender on the inside), turning them over halfway through.
  4. Pile the baked “fries” together on the baking sheet and top with shredded cheese. Bake for another 3-5 minutes, or until melted.
  5. Remove from oven and transfer onto a plate. Top with chicken, diced tomatoes, guacamole, a squeeze of lime juice, and more cheese!
  6. Serve immediately!

Pollo Asada Fries

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  1. Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating

    Personally, I think extra love went into this recipe just because you took the extra effort to “zest” the cheese with a zester. Crazy! Ha!
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    1. Farrah

      It was worth the effort! :D! I texted a picture to a couple of my friends and I think that might be what I’m making for the lot of us on Sunday evening for our weekly independent-but-in-the-same-space study sessions! 😛

  2. Jen@jpabstfitness

    Mouth watering. I grew up in CA, Mexican food is my happy place.
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! It’s probably one of my most common cravings, haha. 😀

  3. Jess @hellotofit

    That’s really interesting that you didn’t like cheese for that long! 🙂 happy to have you in the cheese lovers club, hehe. Great recipe, Farrah!! Can’t go wrong with fries….
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    1. Farrah

      I’m glad I converted over too! There are still some types I dislike, but yay for giving the rest a chance! :]

  4. Sarah

    My husband would love these!!
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    1. Farrah

      I’m hoping it’ll be a crowd favorite tomorrow! :]! Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Christine Gallagher

    what a great variety of Superbowl foods thanks for sharing =)
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks! 😀 Hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

    YUM! This dish epitomizes game day food for me! It’s a party on a plate 🙂

    1. Farrah

      It is indeed! I’ve been thinking about them all day, so I think I’m gonna have to make them again tomorrow, even though I have no plans to watch football. Doing practice board questions is about the same thing, right!? 😛

  7. Serena

    Oh man…Killer dish. Killer in a good way. I see why you want to stop at the restaurant every day!
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    1. Farrah

      It’s so hard not to! (The only thing stopping me is the crippling student debt, hahaha. :[ ) I feel like this variation may make it slightly easier though! :]

  8. Andi

    These look absolutely delicious!
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! :D!

  9. ATasteOfMadness

    This looks so good! I am getting so hungry right now. Do you think I should do a second dinner :p
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    1. Farrah

      hahaha, it’d probably lead to a food coma, which could help if you have insomnia? ;P I’ve been thinking of it all day today, so I think I’m gonna make more tomorrow. *-*

  10. Melanie

    I think I just found our Super Bowl snack food. That looks amazing! All of my favorite things on one plate. Yum!!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, agreed! I sent a picture to my friend and he’s now scrounging up ingredients because he wants some too! 😛

  11. AJ @ NutriFitMama

    Even this vegetarian is salivating at the looks of this.. 😉 Seriously though- this sounds delicious! My husband and son would especially love this dish.
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    1. Farrah

      Aww, thank you!! If you omit the chicken, you’ll be good to go! ;P Guacamole makes everything 2000x better. <3

  12. Laura

    WOW! Farrah these look INCREDIBLE! (plus… guacamole.. best)

    definitely will be trying these, love that you used smoked paprika (a seasoning that gets ignored way too often)


    1. Farrah

      Thanks! And agreed with you on guacamole. I came across this graphic that said, “I just want to make enough money to never have to think twice about adding guacamole” and it’s very much true in my life, hahaha. :]

      I temporarily forgot that I’d gotten it, but since rediscovering it in my pantry, I’ve been trying to throw it into everything! :D!

  13. Denise @ Healthy Disney Family

    Just pinned and shared on Twitter! Love the Pollo Asado flavor profile and I will definitely try this recipe 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! :D! I hope you like it! I made it for my friends for dinner the other night and they adore me a little more than before now (yay!), haha. :]

  14. Rachel G

    Oh my goodness this is making my mouth water! I’ve never had a mexican cuisine-inspired french fry dish, but now that I’ve seen the combo, it looks amazing!
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    1. Farrah

      :D! That restaurant pretty much makes me crave it every day, so I had to do something about it! 😛

  15. genevieve @ gratitude & greens

    Oooo these fries sound super tasty! So much yum.
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! 😀 I’m trying really hard not to make them right now because there’s a ton of food I need to finish in my fridge before I clear out for next month! :O

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