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5 from 16 votes

Pollo Asado

Smoky, tangy, spicy and tasty, this marinated and roasted latin Pollo Asado is the most flavorful and moist tender chicken recipe!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Chill Time in Refrigerator8 hours
Total Time9 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: latin, Spanish
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 418kcal


  • 1 whole chicken 3 1/2-4 lb, giblets removed, patted dry with paper towels
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar can also use white
  • 1 tbsp mild cayenne pepper hot sauce like Frank's RedHot
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tbsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp ground annatto or sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin


  • Place the chicken in a large container and rub the vinegar and hot sauce all over it, inside and out.
  • In a small bowl, combine the salt, oregano, annatto, garlic powder and cumin, and season the chicken inside and out with the mixture to evenly coat (it's best to wear gloves so you don't stain your hands). Refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.
  • When ready to roast the chicken, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Transfer the chicken, breast side up, to a roasting pan with a rack, or a large rimmed sheet pan.
  • Roast the chicken with the legs toward the back of the oven until it starts to brown, about 20 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350 and continue cooking until the juices run clear when the thigh is pierced with a knife, or when the internal temperature between the thickest part of the leg and the thigh is 165, 45 to 55 minutes more.
  • Let the chicken stand uncovered for 10 minutes before carving. Serve with or without the skin.


TIP: Looking for a creative way to use those leftovers? Try shredding the meat and serving it alongside corn tortillas, cilantro, lime and a bit of sour cream or salsa for a family Taco Tuesday!


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1413mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg