Sweet & Spicy Roasted Chicken

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 280
Protein 22g
Fat 19g
Carbs 8g
Total Time


Sweet & Spicy Roasted Chicken


Sweet & Spicy Roasted Chicken
Ingredients for 8 servings

  • Rub
    • 2 habanero peppers
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 2 green onion stalks (mostly green part)
    • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
    • 2 tablespoons allspice
    • 1 tablespoon achiote pepper OR smoked paprika
    • 1 tablespoon cumin seed
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
    • 2 tablespoons low sodium tamari or soy sauce
    • 3 tablespoons avocado oil (or neutral flavored oil)
  • 3 Cornish hens (or 2 broiler chickens)
  • Garnish
    • fresh tarragon (or parsley)
  1. Brine your hens for at least 1 hour or overnight.  To make the brine, I simmered for 20 minutes – 2 quarts water, 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons peppercorn and 1 bay leaf.  I removed it from the heat to let it COMPLETELY cool – I used ice to speed up the process.  Then I added the chicken to brine in the fridge.
    Sweet & Spicy Roasted Chicken
  2. Blend together habanero, garlic, green onion and ginger using an immersion blender or countertop blender.  Add to a bowl along with the remaining ingredients for the rub – mix until it becomes a paste.
    Sweet & Spicy Roasted Chicken
  3. When you remove the chicken from the brine, ensure it is COMPLETELY patted dry – this helps the skin become crispy.  Then add the rub all over the chicken.  I like to add the chicken to individual sealable bags to marinate for another hour (or up to overnight in the fridge).
  4. Set grill or oven to 400F.  Note: I used a Rotisserie so I lowered and raised the chicken depending on the heat of the fire/coals/wood.
    Sweet & Spicy Roasted Chicken
  5. OVEN: add chicken to a baking rack inside a baking tray.  Roast for about 1 hour or until the thermometer on the chicken reaches 160F in the thickest part of the chicken.
  6. GRILL: add the chicken to the Rotisserie and cook chicken until the thickest part of the chicken reads 160F on a thermometer.  The speed of cooking will be influenced by the heat and the outside temperature so cooking times may vary which is why a meat thermometer is a great investment.
    Sweet & Spicy Roasted Chicken
  7. Allow to rest for 5 – 10 minutes before garnishing, slicing and enjoying!
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