Chili-lime Oven Roasted Chicken

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Hi everyone: Today's recipe is another Oven Roasted Chicken, and I'm happy to say, this one is even better than the last one I made! I made this for my anniversary, and it was perfect, it took almost no time to prepare and after I placed it in the oven, I just forgot about it! so It was a very stress-free meal. Chicken is really cheap, so again, I was able to make a meal fit for a King on a very small budget! I hope you give this one a try, you wont regret it!

  • 1 whole chicken (I'm using a 4½lbs chicken)
  • 4 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Zest of 1 lime 
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

Melt the butter. (takes 30 seconds on the microwave), Season it with 1/2 tablespoon of  each: Salt, black pepper and dry oregano. Also add in the Zest of 1 lime, plus the juice of half a lime. (reserve the rest of the juice for later). Add in 4 tablespoons of chili sauce and 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika. Mix well, until everything is well combined and set aside for a minute.

Rinse the chicken under cold water.  Pat it dry with paper towels.

With a small knife or your fingers, loosen the the skin from the chicken without tearing it apart. (watch the video for some tips).  With a small knife or a fork, poke the chicken a couple times, this will allow the marinade to fully impregnate the chicken. 

Grab some of the butter marinade, and rub it under the skin, on the chicken meat. Give the chicken a good massage with it. Make sure to rub this mixture all under the chicken skin. Grab the rest of the marinade, and massage it on the chicken skin. rub the whole chicken with it, and don't forget to also rub some of the marinade inside the chicken cavity.

Squeeze the rest of the lime juice over the chicken, and season with a little extra salt, black pepper and paprika. (½ teaspoon of each) on both sides of the chicken.  Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. (the longer you marinate, the more flavorful it will become)

Preheat oven to 375ºF  (190ºC).

Cook for 1 hour in a 375ºF oven.  After 1 hour, turn the chicken around, so it can get nice and golden brown on the other side. Rise the oven temperature to 450ºF (230ºC) and continue to cook for 15 more minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked.  (The internal temperature of a cooked chicken is 170ºF ( 76ºC) )

After the chicken is cooked, let it rest for at least 10 minutes before serving it. This will allow all the juices to disperse all throughout  the chicken.