Roast Chicken with Cilantro and Lime
This Roast Chicken with Cilantro and Lime marinates all day; then just roast the chicken while you make the rest of the meal for a delicious dinner that’s low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free, South Beach Diet friendly, Paleo, and Whole 30! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
I wish I could report I was all better from the bronchitis I got in Thailand, but even though I am improved I’m still under the weather. (Yes, I did go to the doctor!) Definitely I haven’t been thinking about cooking and taking photos since I got home, but before I went on the trip Jake and I made this Roast Chicken with Cilantro and Lime to get better photos, so I’m happy I have that to share!
I first made this back in 2005, long before you could buy roast chicken in every supermarket, and who doesn’t pick up a roast chicken at Costco now and then? But even though it’s a bit more work than just buying a roasted chicken, I love the smell of roasting chicken filling the house, and this is a pretty effortless dinner. The only part that’s a bit fussy is the step of rinsing off the dried cilantro before you cook the chicken, and that’s definitely optional; I just like the look of the finished chicken without those charred bits of cilantro.
I also like to tie up my chicken with kitchen string, but that is 100% optional as well! If you haven’t cooked roast chicken at home, give this a try and see what you think.
Tie the chicken with string or not, your choice. Mix together marinade ingredients and put the chicken and marinade into a Ziploc bag and let chicken marinate all day in the refrigerator. When it’s time to cook, preheat the oven, rinse chicken to remove the cilantro if you wish, and let chicken come to room temperature. Then just roast about 15-20 minutes per pound. (Use a meat thermometer
if you have one to be sure the chicken is at least 160F/72C.)
Roast Chicken with Cilantro and Lime
(Makes about 6 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)
1 whole chicken, 4-5 pounds
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 T dried cilantro
2 tsp. Green Tabasco Sauce
Remove giblets from inside chicken and discard. Rinse chicken inside and out with warm water. Tie chicken with kitchen string if desired.
Mix marinade ingredients. Put chicken in large Ziploc bag and pour marinade over chicken. Marinate 6-8 hours in refrigerator, or a little longer is okay.
When you’re ready to cook, preheat oven to 450. Remove chicken from marinade and rinse with warm water. (Optional, but I like to rinse off the cilantro so it doesn’t burn.) Let chicken come to room temperature. (If you cover the roasting pan with foil it’s easier to clean up.)
Roast the chicken 15-20 minutes per pound. If you have a meat thermometer you can use it to tell when the chicken has reached a temperature of 160F/72C, which is the recommended minimum temperature for roasted or grilled chicken. Let stand 10 minutes, then serve.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
You could eat this for any phase of the South Beach Diet, and most other low-carb diet plans, including Paleo if you use an approved hot sauce. The South Beach guideline on meat is less than 10% fat, so give the fattier parts to other family members and eat the white meat if you’re a South Beach dieter.
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