roasted chicken with lime

Roasted Chicken with Lime


  • 1 whole chicken (about 3-4 pounds)
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Chicken:
    • Rinse the chicken inside and out under cold water, then pat it dry with paper towels.
    • Place the chicken in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  3. Make the Marinade:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, lime zest, minced garlic, olive oil, paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper until well combined.
  4. Marinate the Chicken:
    • Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure to coat it evenly on all sides. You can also gently lift the skin of the chicken and rub some of the marinade underneath for extra flavor.
  5. Roast the Chicken:
    • Place the chicken in the preheated oven and roast for about 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken reaches 165°F (75°C) and the juices run clear.
  6. Baste the Chicken:
    • Every 30 minutes or so, baste the chicken with the juices that collect in the bottom of the pan. This will help keep the chicken moist and flavorful.
  7. Rest and Serve:
    • Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes before carving.
    • Garnish the roasted chicken with fresh cilantro, if desired, and serve hot with your favorite sides such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad.
  8. Enjoy:
    • Slice the roasted chicken and serve it with a squeeze of fresh lime juice for an extra burst of flavor. Enjoy this delicious and flavorful roasted chicken with lime!

This roasted chicken with lime recipe is simple to prepare and packed with zesty citrus flavor. It’s perfect for a cozy family dinner or a special occasion meal.

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