Oaxacan Chicken with Oregano and Garlic
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- 30 garlic cloves
- 1 cup fresh oregano leaves
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
- To taste freshly ground black pepper
- 1 3-pound chicken cut into 10 serving pieces breasts cut in half
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Using a food processor or molcajete, process or mash the garlic, oregano, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper until coarse and well mixed, yet not completely pureed.
- Rub the garlic mixture all over chicken and place skin side down on a non-stick baking sheet. If you don’t cook right away, you may marinate the chicken up to 24 hours, covered in the refrigerator.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and reduce temperature to 375 degrees. Flip over the chicken pieces, pour the chicken broth on the bottom of the sheet, and return to the oven for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear when pierced with a knife.
187comments inOaxacan Chicken with Oregano and Garlic
My husband and even the kiddos loved dinner tonight. The chicken was juicy and they loved the smell coming from the kitchen. I’m definitely going to save this recipe for sure. Thank you!
So glad to hear, hugs to all!
Chris w . Snohomish wash.
This is one of patti’s finest ever and I try a lot of your recipes.. hands down folks you have to do this one ! It’s easy and fun and the flavor is oh so incredible..
Thanks for the great review Chris!
I can’t keep from getting emotional as I say this but, just recently I found out that I am Mexican, not Italian as I’d been told for 40 years, so I’ve been immersing myself and my two little boys in Mexican culture and cuisine to find out who we truly are and I have loved the recipes on your site because they’re authentic, they are easy to make in the States and they come with a history lesson so I can show my boys, THAT is where you come from, the pride and strength that’s in you is more than good food. I don’t have the special cooking tools yet, -but I’m determined that I will, and I’ll master these recipes just as if I had an Abeula teaching me my whole life. I’m so excited to have found your site and show. It’s taught us so much. This recipe is awesome, I was surprised to see Mexican food that used garlic and oregano, it was really good. I had seen in previous comments someone said it went well with the green poblano rice and they were right, it was the perfect meal.
Aw Stacey, thanks so much for this sweet message, it is my pleasure!
Looks soo wonderful! I can’t wait to make it myself.
You are going to love it!
I have made this recipe many times, and it is now in regular rotation at our house. I use eight bone-in thighs, and it works beautifully. I have it with your favorite green rice (with poblanos), and it makes an outstanding meal. Actually two meals, as I save half for leftovers (easily reheats in oven, and rice in the microwave). The aroma as it cooks is fabulous. When I serve it to friends, it always gets rave reviews. Outstanding recipe. Thank you, Pati!
Thanks so much for your kindness Brenda, so glad everyone likes this yummy chicken recipe!
I thawed 3 sad chicken thighs that had been in freezer, and wow! They came to life with this recipe. I used marjoram and thyme from my garden plus some dried Mexican oregano. Love the technique—so smart, and I’ll use that again and again. Made this with your mashed potato cazuela (also Yum!) and a salad. Thanks pati!
Oh, yummy combination, now I want t make these 2 recipes together as well, gracias!
THE BEST sheet pan dinner EVER!! Watching your show is both refreshing and inspirational!! I’ve cooked more than 45 years, some professional, mostly home and entertaining. Thank you so much for your smile and style bringing happiness to the kitchen! Bless you. A fan forever!
Aw Steve, this is very sweet of you, thank you!
Spectacular!! What a wonderful way to showcase a regional recipe. Thank you!
My pleasure, so glad you liked it Steve 🙂
This dish is really yummy. Plus I made a jicama-pineapple salad with a bit of lime-chili spice to accompany it. Easy to make and delicious!
What a great idea for a side, thanks Hope!
I watch Pati’s Mexican Table in Australia and made this Oaxacan Chicken for my family and it was delicious. You make cooking mexican food fun and easy to cook. Thanks Pati
Thanks so much! So glad you have been tuning in, enjoying the show, and preparing some of the recipes, yay 🙂
What are your favorite side dishes to serve with this? I’m excited to try it this week!
Either a fresh salad like this one https://patijinich.com/avocado-watercress-and-pecan-salad/ or some yummy potatoes Gib maybe https://patijinich.com/chunky-chipotle-mashed-potatoes/ Enjoy!
I make mashed sweet potatoes with some chopped pineapple and a side salad. A good slightly sweet counterbalance to the garlic and oregano. I absolutely love your television show, my mouth waters every episode, and there’s always a good laugh or two, thank you.
So glad to hear you enjoy the show so much Charlie, thanks for following!
This has my name all over it. You can never have too much garlic!
Agree! Enjoy it Julie.
Is this the one you said your father used to make?
It is another version of it 😉
I have cooked many of your recipes and all I can say is WOW!! my family loves then all. It make me feel so great that I can bring so much happiness to my family and in the process I celebrate my family’s rich culture. Thank you for reminding us how great and versatile our food is!!
Thanks to you for your kindness Rosalinda! So glad the family has been enjoying these recipes, un abrazo to all!
Wow Pati!! Watched this episode w my gran and thought, “I can do that!” And I did!!! So easy and a huge hit with my parents! Saving this one for the recipe box! Since making this I’ve tried to cook at least once a week for mom and dad (college student stuck online @ home for this semester). Such a great recipe to boost my confidence! Thank you!
So glad you and your parents enjoyed this recipe Liz. Keep cooking and having fun 😉
I bet this is fantastic on the grill!
Si!!! Go for it Lissette 😉
This dish is amazing, the chicken is so moist and flavorful. Very simple to make.
So glad you liked it L’Tanya, thank you!
Dear Pati, this is so simple and amazing. Going to impress my folks with this. Love your show. Lots of love from India!
Glad your are going to give this recipe a try Rishav. Greetings to India!
I made this last night and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe.
So glad you enjoyed it Wendy 😉
I made this chicken and it was so good.It was a little bit brothy but it sure did taste good. I know I will make this chicken again.
Glad you liked it Carmen, thanks!
Can you use less garlic? And can you use white wine for this with the chicken broth?
Yes to the white wine…less garlic is OK, but it is the beauty of this recipe 😉
Delicioso!! I cooked this today. We love it. 100 % will make it again. Gracias Pati.
Thanks for letting me know Laura, this is one of my favorite recipes from Oaxaca 🙂
Super easy and delicious. The garlic turns sweet and nutty. I used a little more lime because I love citrus. The gravy it makes is great over rice. Great to use if you have lots of fresh oregano in your garden.
So glad you liked it Marq 😉
If i am using dried oregano should i use a whole cup? 1/3; 1/2?
As you know, dried oregano is much stronger, use just 1/2 cup Terry, good luck!
On the table tomorrow thank you so much.and I love garlic on everything.
Wonderful! Enjoy it Lashonda 😉
I am afraid to make this because of all the garlic. Is it overpowering?
It is actually not overpowering at all, but very flavorful. Go for it Darlene 😉
Hello Pati, I’m very much looking forward to making this recipe. There’s no mention of baking the chicken covered though, so I’m assuming just leave it uncovered?
You are right Lenore, no covering, unless you feel that towards the end that it is browning to much, then just throw a piece of foil on top. Enjoy!
Is the number of garlic cloves really 30, I just wanted to double check.
Yes Traci 3-0 so thirty 🙂 🙂
I’ve recently discovered your show during all this crazy lockdown-and you have been such a pleasure to watch (plus your food makes a bland day beautiful)!! This chicken takes me back to the vibrant streets of Oaxaca and the friendly people there. Thank you for sharing your smile and your gift of beautiful cooking!
Thanks so much Joel for the kind words, glad to read this recipe brought back memories from amazing and magical Oaxaca. Stay safe and strong!
Hola !! Pati , ya know well we will know, looks like this recipe would work with 16 20. fresh shrimp shell wit heads on legs removed sizer cut down back to devain shell left on what da ya think ??? better 10 12s. or a split lobster tail ?? gotta try it ,,
Go for it, Joseph!
Melissa Meier, Colorado
I love your show! I sit and drool all over my couch while watching you cook! I love that you have your sons involved…cant wait to see Juju’s cooking show some day! Going to make this recipe tonight for dinner…so excited! I also made the Pan de Yema….so so good! My pups also loved it, we call it pan de Emma (after my puppy). Thank you so much for answering the call to show us how to cook with so much passion! You have been such an inspiration for me, I have changed how I shop and have invested in more kitchen equipment…such as a good blender! Thank you so much for just sharing your light with us! Muchas gracias!
Oh I love that…Pan de Emma! And thank you so much, Melissa!!!
Hi Pati!! My husband and I just discovered your show today and where have you been all our lives? Lol! This chicken is in my oven as we speak and the marinade smells amazing! I was disappointed my local market was out of fresh oregano but I bought dried oregano leaves instead. I cannot wait to try this phenomenal chicken! (Ps. I doubled the recipe and the other half of it is sitting in my fridge to make for dinner tomorrow night. I know I’m going to love it already! Thank you so much for the recipe and I am looking forward to making other delicious dishes from your show!
I’m so glad you guys found me, Laura…and that you started making the recipes right away!!!
Has anyone tried to make a version of this chicken in an air fryer?
I haven’t…but given it a go and let me know how it goes, Madelyn.
Hi Pati…just wanted to let you know that i find your Oaxacan episodes fascinating. You are educating the world in that there is more to Mexican cooking than tacos & burritos! Rich culture! Bravo Pati!
Aww thank you so much, Lydia!
My family and I absolutely loved this chicken! AND, I made a spectacular second dish from it. After dinner, I was staring at the juices in the baking pan–all chickeny with so much garlic and oregano–and thought pasta. Saved the juice, skimmed off most of the fat, and refrigerated. A couple days later, prepped some skinless chicken breasts in a fresh batch of marinade and grilled on the BBQ for extra flavor. Meanwhile, I reduced the original juices on the stove with some white wine and added a bit of saved new batch marinade for freshness. Stirred in some leftover burrata milk and then a pat of butter to finish. Mixed sauce with pasta, sprinkled with romano cheese, and served with grilled garlic oregano chicken and a kale side–so good! I encourage your fans to try this (or some variation). You will not be disappointed.
Todd, that second dish sounds absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing that! Before your comment, I had not read any reviews on Pati’s recipe. I’m planning to make this next week, for company, but thought I should make it for my husband and I beforehand just to be sure it’s a keeper.
Appreciate your comment!
This chicken was great! I marinated overnight and grilled it instead of baking, since it’s too hot in TX to have the oven on 450, but it was wonderful.
Oh grilling is a great alternative, Nathan. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
What brand of olive oil do you use?
Any brand is great…I just use what is at my local market, Betti.
awful disappointment. Finally had oregano and made but skin not cooked on chicken and so much better without skin or change recipe. Very disappointed.
I’m so sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the chicken, Judith.
I would say you probably didn’t follow the directions. The very hot oven and timing is necessary
I followed the recipe except I baked at 475, the chicken had very little color so I put it in the broiler before add the broth.
My chicken after being at 459 did the same thing, to much moisture, bagged chicken has a lot of water. I didn’t add the chicken stock right away and added less. Chicken came out crispy and moist.
Every Sunday I make this with my fiancé. I love it paired with cacio e pepe. Gracias, Pati!
Oh what a yum pairing, Anne!
Delicious and easy! I made it with the corn salad as a side. I added asparagus to the corn, it’s in season. You can marinate the chicken the night before, and when you come home from work just put it in the oven. I set aside some of the marinade and added it to the vegetables, wow! I will be making this again.
I’m so happy to hear you had a yum dinner, Michell!
I just made this chicken, it was fenomenal!! and i paired it the the corn salad, AMAZING. I have to agree with you Pati, they do complement each, and it was delicioso😋. Thanks again for sharing this delicious side of Mexico.
Thank you for giving the recipes a try, Ivonne! I’m so happy you enjoyed them.
Buenos Dias, Pati!
My husband and I love your show, and your delectable recipes. What do you recommend as a side dish for the Oaxacan Chicken with Oregano and Garlic?
This goes great: https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/grilled-corn-salad/ or this https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/jalapeno-garlic-crispy-potatoes/ or really anything!
Made this recipe tonight and it was AMAZING. So much flavor and our home smells fantastic. Will make again for sure!
Oh isn’t the smell amazing…so glad you loved it, Kreigh.
Pati. LOVE your show! I’m interested in knowing which food processor is used on the show and is this one that you would recommend for home use?
Thank you Julie! I use a Cuisinart food processor.
Can I use jarred, minced garlic? I’m lazy.
Go for it, Tori.
I just have to repost after making this tonight that this is a dish that will be made in our house once a week! Absolutely tender meat with a crunchy skin. Well done recipe, and my whole family thanks you!!!!
I’m so happy to hear this will be a weekly occurrence, Tim!
My wife and I are making 2 pans of this tonight! Can’t wait!
I have fun with, cause I found just what I used to
be having a look for. You have ended my 4 day long
hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.
So glad you found the recipe, Lona.
If someone hasn’t asked already , how do you recommend doing this recipe skinless ? I love this skin but I need to cut back for health reasons *sad face haha would it work better in a skillet if I do skinless but it won’t char ? thank you !
You can just follow the recipe as is even with skinless chicken, Seanae. Enjoy!
Where can I see your videos?
You can find them on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B072185NT3 or your local PBS station: https://www.tracmedia.com/LOL/PatisMexicanTable2/
Can’t wait to cook this chicken dish. I love the ingredients and will let you know how it turned out. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing recepies.
I hope you love it Lourdes!
The food processor you used in this recipe looks interesting–adjustable, efficient–what kind is it?
Hi Joan! It’s a cuisinart.
It’s in the oven cooking now! Can’t wait to see how it comes out.
Oh I bet your house smells delicious right now, Charles 😉
Mouth watering delecious recipe heard u say ur fathers fav recipe enjoyed evry bit of chicken
So happy you loved every bite of it, Raghuraman!
watched the episode for this dish twice read and re read the have made this dish twice it is flavorful but the liquid is not cooking off like you showed
Sometimes ovens are all a bit different… give it a bit more time or raise the oven temperature in the last 10 minutes.
This is one of my families favorite meals! Thank you so much!
Yay! Thanks for sharing, Maygan.
¡Esta receta me encanta! What do you think about grilling the chicken directly on my gas grill’s solid cooking grate without a pan underneath? I wonder about adding the chicken broth since there would be no pan. Maybe brining the chicken in chicken broth before preparing it for the grill? Or I could use a pan and use the grill like an oven.
You can totally cook it on the grill, and skip the broth, not necessary there. Enjoy, Howard!
So happy to see your James Beard award!
Watched Pati Jinich marathan on PBS this weekend and this recipe was included.
Love the background trips and seeing the original cooking in the cities!
Thanks for a great food and learning show!
Thank you Ginger…I’m so happy you enjoy the show.
Just watched this episode, can’t wait to make this!! Bought chicken yesterday, so to marinate tonight!
Yay…enjoy the chicken, Susan!
I’ve been reading u on the internet for awhile, now I’m watching on the Amazon channel and I have the garlic chicken in the oven. I would love to go on a trip with you to Mexico! Any thoughts on a foodie trip?
Thank you!! Gracias, Danke!
No plans for a trip yet…but I’ll let you know and enjoy the chicken, Lisa!
What if I use bone in? Does Cooking time/temp change? And i love your show!!!
Oh I do use bone in chicken in this recipe…so no changes 🙂
Can I substitute dry oregano for fresh? And how much of the dry oregano?
Yes you can use dried instead of fresh…use a third of the amount, so 1/3 cup.
Seen this episode twice & we will be making it really soon. U inspire us with UR cooking 😊
Love UR cooking show👍🏻
Thank you so much Adele! I’m so happy to hear that you are inspired.
Saw your show made the chicken outstanding.
Thank you Ed!
Hey Pati great episode. I had a question is mandatory to add the chicken broth to the chicken?
Hi Anais, you can use chicken broth or vegetable broth, if you don’t want to add broth, just add some water…it helps keep the chicken super moist inside.
Maria Anguiano Gutiérrez
Hola Pati, acabo de ver esta receta y mi esposo se le antojó muchísimo el pollo, mi pregunta es si lo tienes que marinar por las 24 horas o solo puedes prepararlo y hacerlo el mismo dia?
También me pregunto cómo puedes comer de todo y estás tan delgada?
Me encanta ver tu programa porque promueves mucho nuestro hermoso país, me haces sentir muy orgullosa de mis raíces, Gracias por eso.
Mil gracias Maria! Puedes hacerlo el mismo día o marinarlo por las 24 horas en el refrigerador.
Hi Pati !
Great episode! Do you think you can make the Chicken on a charcoal grill?
Absolutely, you can!
pati, great show! watch always! thanks
Thank you for always watching!
Do I pull the leaves off for the oregano or some sticks acceptable?
I pull the leaves off…
Prepared with the Ensalada de Elote Asado as per the episode.
My first Pati recipe. What a hit!
Thank you for sharing. I am now a fan!
Yay for your first Pati recipe 😉
30 cloves of garlic?????
The Asian markets sell a lot of peeled cloves for very cheap ! I always get my garlic from Asian markets because they already have it peeled in package in a little box , I want to say 50 or 60 cloves for $1 + change . If you have an Asian market near by check it out and see if you find some .
This is company chicken ! Excellent !!
I am an Oklahoma wine maker. And this dish goes exceptionally well with Riesling/Gerwurztraminer blend.
Thanks, Patti !!!
Oh thank you for sharing the wine pairing! That is so great!
Hi Pati, we’ve just seen your show on @create for the first time and loved it! This recipe is one of the best, if not THE best recipes for chicken I’ve made. It’s simple (until my food processor quit), full of flavor and I can’t believe the result looked so much like the picture! Mom loved it also. She had me add a few more dashes of lime juice – we love citrus. Thighs were used for this first try but I have a package of drumsticks waiting for their chance! They will not be waiting too long. I recommended it to my sister who lives in San Antonio, TX, and she can’t wait to try it. Dishes like this make me want to change up my Christmas menu just a bit – maybe the garlic oregano sauce on the turkey?
I’m so glad you loved the chicken! Give it a try with turkey this Christmas…or go for this recipe https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/thanksgiving-turkey/
We are making now. However, our pieces of chicken aren’t crispy looking at all 🙁
And the broth doesn’t seem to be absorbing like your picture shows.
Oh no, you can give it a bit more time or simply raise the oven temperature in the last 10 minutes.
I can’t wait to try this meal!!
Hola Pati, my wife and I love your show, I’m addicted to the coco-fish. I’m excited to try this recipe with codorniz but nervous about the baking time, any suggestions? Thanks for all your ideas!
It should be the same amount of cooking time and technique.
I can’t wait to try this. I have from that area. He is a horse jockey and opened a traditional Mexican restaurant as well here in Saratoga Springs NY.
THANKS for sharing
Thank YOU for trying it, Teresa!
I watched you make this on your show and decided to make it because it looked SO delicious. It was easy to make and was indeed delicious. I made mine with all chicken thighs though. I did marinade mine for the 24-hour time frame.
I wish I could share my picture of the finished product. We ate every single piece.
I wish I could see the picture!
wow, that was wonderful, tasty, a definite keeper. every week I can’t wait to see next week treat. recommend this dish!
I’m so glad it was a keeper!
You make cooking fun! Your program is also inspiring. It’s great to see a cook from ‘el DF’ putting all that delicious food on display for the world to see. I see the program occasionally in the Dallas area. My weakness and most favorite all time dish is mole ‘estilo DF’ with chicken. My wife is from Michoacan and mole from that area is very red, but I prefer the dark brown and slightly sweet type.(mouth watering). I am definitely going to try the recipe. I’ll get back with a comment too.
I hope you enjoy it Gilberto, and I look forward to your comments!
I’m making this chicken right now for dinner. It already smells devine.
My son (11) and i have been watching you all day on Create in New Orleans today. He loved seeing you and your sons in the kitchen together and as soon as he saw you make this he asked if we could go to the store and get the ingredients! He also loved watching you go everywhere and loved when y’all went for a swim in the beautiful water and now he wants to go there!! Thank you so much for this great recipe!!
Thank you for watching all day!!! And please say hola to your son from me.
This looks great! How do you do the variation your Father made so the chicken comes out crunchy throughout?
Oh! He just cut the chicken into much smaller bite size pieces…
I just saw this episode and printing out your recipe along with the corn salad and making it tonight!!
Thank you Pati!!
Yay! I hope you have a great dinner tonight!
Seen this recipe made today on PBS. Making it tonight.
I just ran into this show for the first time on cable. I’m having company and I will make this chicken. Off I go to the store. I definitely will make the burnt milk ice cream which was also featured. All summer I made homemade ice cream in honor of my mother who taught me to make ice cream. It’s great to have another idea!!!
I’m so happy you found the show Kathleen! It sounds like you had a delicious Summer, and I hope you enjoy the ice cream and chicken!
Hi there. Can I substitute dried oregano for fresh? Will it affect the flavor in a bad way?
Absolutely! You can use a third of the amount of oregano when using dried.
I tried your chicken recipe tonight, and it was wonderful. Definitely will do it again soon.
Thanks for posting it.
Can dried oregano be used?
Yes…and reduce the amount to 1/3 cup of oregano.
I saw Pati’s show on LPB and had to try this! I was only able to buy half the required fresh oregano, and had to double the recipe to feed extra people with about 18 pieces of chicken, and it was HEAVEN!!! Delicious, chicken stayed moist. I lifted skin and shoved marinade in every cranny. I had to cook about 15 min longer due to large pieces, and I overcrowded the pan. I had to use a high edged, light colored aluminum pan, so I know a darker pan would have crisped the skin up better (at least with my oven). I also let it marinade for 2 hours. I will be making this again, it was amazing.