Roasted Charred Chicken


Roasted Charred Chicken

Roasted Charred Chicken

Pollo Rostizado Norteño

Recipe Yield

4 servings

Cooking time

45 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.84 from 6 votes


  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1 serrano or jalapeño chile stemmed, cut into pieces (seeding optional)
  • 2 teaspoons dried piquín chiles
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 4-5 pound whole chicken patted dry
  • 1 celery stick coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 white onion coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup parsley leaves and upper part of stems coarsely chopped
  • Serve with Super Greens Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette or at least the Oregano Vinaigrette for dipping or drizzling over the chicken

To Prepare

  • In the jar of a blender, add the lime juice, garlic, serrano chile, piquín chiles, oregano, cumin, Dijon, Worcestershire, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and oil. Puree until completely smooth.
  • Gently, use your fingers to separate the chicken skin from the flesh wherever possible, so you can add the marinade. Completely cover the chicken with the wet rub/marinade, inside the chicken cavity and under and over the skin. Stuff the cavity with the chopped celery, onion, and parsley. You can roast immediately or place in a container, cover, and refrigerate for up to 48 hours.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 450℉ with the rack in the lower position. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and place on a rack in a roasting pan. Crisscross the legs and tie with twine, and tuck the wings behind the back.
  • Roast for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165℉, and when pierced with a knife, the juices run completely clear, if any. Remove from the oven, cover with foil and let sit for at least 10 minutes before carving.
  • Carve the chicken and serve with the Super Greens Salad and a generous amount of the Oregano Vinaigrette drizzled on top.

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25comments inRoasted Charred Chicken

  1. Chris C

    Mar 12

    So stoked to add this recipe to my poultry repertoire – it was DELICIOUS! I used bone-in chicken thighs instead of a full chicken, but the marinade is the true winner here.

    Pati, my father is from Monterrey (I grew up in Texas), and watching your Nuevo Leon season (and then re-watching the whole thing) made me so happy. Before watching, I was leaning into oregano-heavy Mexican cooking without knowing the cultural context. How you captured the essence of the region (which, let’s be real, NL is its’ own world compared to the rest of the country) was incredibly enlightening and, ultimately, satisfying.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 14

      So happy to hear you liked this chicken Chris, it is really delicious, if may I say so myself! Thanks for the kind words 😉

  2. Gerry T.

    Aug 09

    Pati I’m sorry to keep bothering you. Just want to let you know I spatchak the chicken (I have never done that before) and cooked it on the weber grill 😋. Came out perfect 🥰. Everyone has got to try this recipe. Best roasted/grill chicken ever 😋.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 04

      Awesome, thanks for sharing Gerry and no bother at all, love to hear from you!

  3. Gerry T.

    Apr 10

    Hi Pati, I tried your charred roasted chicken recipe, it came out wonderful and delicious 😋. I was a little timid making it for Easter 🐣. I don’t usually cook bake chicken but when I saw the recipe for the Cx, I said to myself I’m making this and it came out beautiful and again delicious. I didn’t have piquin chilies I used chipote chili pepper. I also made your cornbread with the polan. pepper. Thank you ❤️ for this recipe, will make it again in the future.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 06

      So glad you liked it Gerry and so happy to see you made great subs in the original recipe, way to go!

  4. Brittany Ramírez

    Mar 06

    Hi patti! This recipe sounds amazing, is there a substitute for the piquín chiles? Can’t seem to find it near me!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 13

      You can substitute with chiltepin or with a bit of crushed red pepper 🙂

  5. Rose Prince

    Feb 19

    I’m so excited to try this! I love your show, not just because of the food, but also because of how you give us a tour of the areas you’re in and tell us all about the people and history of the place you’re at. I love learning about all of it! My husband even loves your show and faithfully watches it with me! I’m a retired caterer so I know a lot about cooking good dishes, but I love learning more from you. So Keep up the good work in teaching us new things. We love you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 08

      Thanks so very much Rose, big hugs to you and your husband!

  6. Angie

    Feb 18

    Looks amazingly delicious

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 08


  7. Linda Tellez

    Feb 17

    You are the BEST

    Thank you

  8. Anonymous

    Feb 17

    Very nice but do you us Chile from New mexico I use alot of that Chile. Lots of flavor.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 09

      I love chiles from New Mexico, you will see me using it more often!

  9. Liz

    Dec 05

    Thank you for this recipe Pati. It is so delicious. Such great flavor. I will make it again and again.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      Happy you liked it Liz, yay!

  10. Blanca Rosa Flores

    Nov 18

    Pati, me fascinan tus recetas, tus tele programs, gracias por compartir! Tengo una pregunta sobre el oregano. He notado que no todos los órganos son iguales, y el que según es de México, no huele a oregano mexicano. Tienes algún tip para conseguir un buen orégano? Gracias de antemano. 🥰

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 11

      Blanca, me traje el mejor oregano Mexicano de Monterrey! Pero la verdad no se donde conseguirlo aca 🙁

  11. Anonymous

    Nov 16

    Hola Pati ,gracias por la receta te sigo en tv y Facebook me encanta como cosinas yo vivo en San diego pero soy de Peru Gracias por compartir portes de Mejico . Te mando un fuerte abrazo.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 11

      Un abrazo de vuelta y mil gracias!

  12. Joanne

    Sep 19

    This chicken is fantastic! We did make one change–spatchcock instead of roasting whole. We had it with your Orange Blossom Rice. Thank you for another new favorite!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 26

      So glad you liked this recipe Joanne, pairing it with rice is such a great idea!

  13. Karina

    Sep 17

    Can’t wait to try this. I always cook my chicken thighs at 400. Will do a whole one At 450! Sharing this one with Amiga Socorro💕

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 21

      Thanks for spreading the love Karina, un abrazo!

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