Lime-Baked Chicken

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Servings: 3-5
Cooking Time: 1-1 1/2 hours

1 whole chicken
1 bar of butter (room temperature)
Ground Cayenne red pepper  (optional)
1/2 cup of lemon zest (fine in texture)

2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of oregano
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 aji gustosos
5-6 sprigs of cilantro
2 culantro leaves
½ tsp of freshly ground black pepper
2-3 sprigs of thyme


Wash the chicken and remove the giblets

Blend the last 10 ingredients in a blender or food processor 

Mix the butter. lemon zest and the herbal blend (recaito) to form a creamy paste

Rub the herbal paste outside and inside the chicken (delicately lift the skin and rub underneath)

Marinate overnight or for 3-4 hours, in a covered container

Before baking, sprinkle Cayenne pepper for a hot & spicy taste (optional)

Bake at 350 degrees until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees (about an hour to 1 1/2 hr)

Once done, remove from oven and cover with foil. Let it cool for about 25 minutes before carving. This will ensure a juicier chicken

Serve with your favorite side dish