Updated: Mar 3
This chicken is so versatile you may find yourself cooking it a little more often than you think! My favourite thing to do with it is pull it all apart to make shredded chicken and then use this to fill tacos or burritos. You can also just divide it up and serve it with rice and veg or salad. It's a great way to meal prep for the week ahead too.
If you're mot a fan of spice, fear not! The tomatoes and lime juice balance out the spice so it's really easy to handle. I used Lunchito Chipotle Paste which has a great authentic flavour but I wouldn't say it's hugely spicy - chipotle in the first place is not massively hot but if you do like a bit of heat, add an extra habanero in there and make sure it gets involved in the pulling apart or serving up!
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: around 1 ½ hours depending on chicken size
Preheat oven to 190 degrees
1 Whole Chicken
1 Dried Habanero Chilli
1 tsp Chipotle Paste
100g Cherry Tomatoes
1 Red Pepper
Chilli Oil - a drizzle
Salt & pepper for seasoning
You can carve up and serve with rice & veg, or pull apart to make tacos & burritos
Roughly chop 1 ½ onions and the pepper, placing in the bottom of a casserole dish with the tomatoes
Place the other half of the onion inside the chicken cavity, with the habanero pepper, and 1 lime cut in half
With the other lime, cut and squeeze the juice into the casserole tray and place the leftover inside the chicken (if they don't fit, chuck them in the tray with the rest of the vegetables)
Drizzle the chicken with chilli oil and rub in the teaspoon of chipotle paste across the skin
Bake in the centre of your oven for around 1 and a half hours. The time will depend on the size of the chicken. It’s usually 45 mins per 500g plus 20 mins - so check the weight of your chicken before cooking. You can check the chicken is cooked by piercing the breast and checking that the juices run clear
Once cooked, leave to rest for 15 mins then serve. If you're going to pull the chicken apart, allow it to cool until its cold enough to handle but still warm and (wearing gloves to protect your hands!) use your hands to tear it up
Try your chicken in a taco, burrito, on its own, in a pasta or salad...this can be the basis for a whole load of Mexican-inspired meals!
and remember, anyone can cook!