Simple Whole Roasted Chicken

This Simple Whole Roasted Chicken proves that simple, wholesome ingredients are always the most delicious. Marinated in a gourmet datil pepper sauce, the flavors of this dish will have your taste buds singing in praise.

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Simple Whole Roasted Chicken

If you are a close friend or longtime follower of The Blissful Balance, you know that I am not a fan of spicy food.

If you are culinary extraordinaire, or culinary student, you know that datil peppers are infamous.

Infamous for not only being the most rare of peppers in existence, but for being in the 100,000 to 300,000 range of the Scoville Scale. Competing with such peppers as the habanero and the Jamaican hot pepper. Not really meant for someone whose spice tolerance is that of an ice burg. So naturally, sharing a recipe featuring this pepper seems a bit off. But, trust me, it was really effing good.

What I’m referring to is the Del Viejo Datil Pepper Marinade I used to marinade this 7lb chicken. I’ll admit – I was a little scared. Seriously… I have trouble eating a burrito bowl from Chipotle. But this marinade was the perfect amount of bursting flavors with a hint of spice.

Simple Whole Roasted Chicken

I love roasting chicken because it brings out SO much flavor. This marinade definitely added an extra hint of sweet, tangy, and spicy. And to bring out some more juices and flavors, I stuffed the inside of the chicken with half a head of garlic, half of a lemon, and a few sprigs of thyme. You bet my kitchen smelled good.

To make my life easier, I simply roasted the chicken atop our side dish: roasted veggies. There is no combination better than roasted meat and vegetables. The vegetables, which roasted beneath the bird, soaked up all of that juicy goodness and the flavors of the marinade. And to think how simple it was to achieve these stunning flavors.

Simple Whole Roasted Chicken

Look at those veggies swimming in juicy flavor!

I like to have a bit of a char (okay, maybe more than a bit) on my roasted chicken, but you can roast it however long you want according to your char preference.

This was the perfect meal to feed the family on Saturday night. Everyone was here: my parents, Christian, my sister and my brother-in-law. And we had leftovers! I served the meal with some dinner rolls, which were the perfect vehicle for soaking up any remaining juices on our plates.

Simple Whole Roasted Chicken

Simple Whole Roasted Chicken

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Simple Whole Roasted Chicken
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Serves: Serves 6
  • 1 (5-7lb) whole chicken
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • ½ cup Del Viejo datil pepper marinade
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ head garlic
  • Bunch of fresh thyme (5-6 sprigs)
  • 1 onion, sliced into small chunks
  • 10-12 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 10 purple baby potatoes, cut into fourths
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  1. Place the chicken in a roasting pan. Brush chicken with melted butter. Pour marinade on top. Place in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Add the ½ lemon, ½ garlic head, and 4 sprigs thyme into the center cavity of the chicken.
  4. Place the carrots, onion and potatoes all around the chicken.
  5. Sprinkle vegetables with salt, olive oil, lemon juice, and 2 fresh sprigs of thyme (use your fingers to slide down the sprigs to only utilize the leaves, not the stem).
  6. Place on the bottom rack of the oven and roast for 1.5 hours.
  7. After time is up, place your oven on high broil and broil the chicken for about 8-10 minutes.
You can try covering the chicken with aluminum foil to avoid too much char.

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Fun fact: datil peppers are only grown in St. Augustine, FL! To learn more about Del Viejo and the legend of Fernando Del Viejo, click here.

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Are you a fan of spicy food, or are you a wimp like me? (wimps unite!!)
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  1. says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE spicy food! I put red pepper flakes and hot sauce on basically every lunch and dinner…And yes I have totally overdone it sometimes and it was not fun! I didn’t use to be a spicy food fan, until I lived in California and ate ALL the Mexican food and then my taste buds totally changed! :)
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  2. says

    I’m highly impressed by how simple yet decadent this recipe is. It makes my family so happy that you were willing to try the marinade; now it is our turn to try this roasted chicken recipe!

    Stay awesome, Christina, and best of luck with your new BGB Community!

  3. says

    I’m fond of spicy foods, but only in moderation. Once, I accidentally poured in a whole tablespoon of red pepper flakes into a dish, and my mouth was dying! This chicken looks amazing, crispy, and super flavorful. Roasted veggies are the best, and I love how they cook along with the chicken. Fewer dishes are always good.
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  4. says

    I roasted my first whole chicken in the fall, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was and how IMPRESSIVE it looked when it turned out! I’ve done it multiple times again – so festive and delicious.

    When my family was in Thailand when I was younger, we had a couple of spicy meals that made us sweat and cry in the best of ways! I remember just downing bowls of rice trying to calm the heat.
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  5. Katrina says

    I’m really excited to try this recipe! Where do I find Del Viejo datil pepper marinade? Is it best to order online?


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