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Roasted Chicken with Ginger, Chile, and Lime

Instead of being rubbed on the skin, spicy ginger-chile butter is spread under the skin, giving the meat a more intense flavor.

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  • Servings: 4
Roasted Chicken with Ginger, Chile, and Lime

Source: Everyday Food, May 2006


  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon butter, at room temperature
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 piece fresh ginger (2 inches long), peeled and finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped pickled jalapeno chile
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 whole chicken (3 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 large onions, thickly sliced
  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges (optional)


  1. Make the ginger-chile butter: In a small bowl, using a spoon, mash together 2 tablespoons butter, shallot, ginger, jalapeno, lime juice, coriander, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Using fingers, gently loosen skin from chicken breasts. With a small spoon, insert butter mixture evenly between skin and meat; pat skin back down. Tie chicken legs together with cotton kitchen twine; tuck wing tips underneath. Rub chicken with remaining 1/2 teaspoon butter; season generously with salt and pepper. On a rimmed baking sheet, arrange onions in a single layer; place chicken on top.

  3. Roast until chicken is well browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in a thigh (without touching bone) reads 175 degrees, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and tent with oil; let rest 10 minutes (the temperature will rise by about 5 degrees).

  4. On baking sheet, stir onions together with pan juices. Carve chicken; serve with onions and, if desired, lime wedges.

Reviews (2)

  • janlea2008 7 Aug, 2009

    I really enjoyed making this dish. although I did not have any Ginger, So I subsituted it with Garlic.

  • katemur 17 Feb, 2008

    We love this recipe, although I've made a few changes over time. I add some cumin and garlic to the butter mixture, as well as a extra jalapeno and ginger because we like a little spice. I also sprinkle coriander on the outside of the chicken and some put some of the butter mixture in the cavity. Even without these changes, the flavors are great!

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