Oven Roasted Achiote Chicken



Servings: 2 -4
Author: Posh Journal
  • 2 pounds of chicken legs
  • 2 oz ground Annato seed or achiote paste
  • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • 2 medium limes juiced
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  1. Put all marinade ingredients: achiote paste, kosher salt, lime juice, vinegar, olive oil, ground cumin, adobo sauce, honey, oregano, garlic, ground black pepper, orange juice in a mixing bowl.
  2. Rub the spices mixture marinade all over the chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight (to boost the flavor).
  3. Pre-heat a hot griddle to medium high and let it heat up for at least 10 minutes before you start cooking.
  4. Pre-heat oven to bake at 350 F.
  5. Place the chicken on the hot griddle (positioning the meat skin-side down if the skin is intact) and cook for about 2 minutes or until grill marks show.
  6. Arrange the chicken legs on a baking tray, and bake them (uncovered) at 350 F for about 35 - 45 minutes
  7. Turn the heat up to 425 F and continue to bake the chicken for 15 - 20 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink inside ( insert an instant-read thermometer into the thigh, avoiding the bone. It should read 180°F when the chicken is done)
  8. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


Inspired by Epicurious and Saveur 


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    Rebecca Swenor
    May 28, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    This oven roasted achiote chicken looks so delicious. I have never heard of achiotes before so this will be an interesting recipe for me to try. It really does looks so good and I know my family will love it. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    Eileen Mendoza Loya
    May 29, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I was just putting together our next week’s meal plan and came across this recipe. Thank you! Now I have something to make for Wednesday! My family would love this. They love trying out new recipes.

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    Robin Rue
    May 29, 2016 at 3:45 am

    That sounds like a delicious meal idea. We love trying out new chicken dishes, so this will be on our menu soon.

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    Jasmine Eclipse
    May 29, 2016 at 8:00 am

    This looks so delicious! I’ve been looking for new recipes for my chicken dishes, and this sounds perfect especially for summer BBQs!

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    Ana Elizabeth
    May 29, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Wow! Posts like these make me forget my diet. This can be added on meal list. My father will surely love this. 🙂

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    Jeanine Macintosh
    May 29, 2016 at 9:31 am

    This looks delicious. We eat chicken often and I’d love to change it up a bit – this would be a great recipe to try!

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    tabitha willette
    May 29, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Wow this chicken looks amazing. I will def be adding this to our menu this week.

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    May 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I love cooking chicken like that and I must try that recipe. I had to laugh because hubby walked by when I was looking at your pictures and he asked, “Is that for supper?” LOL Your pictures convinced him.

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    May 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Looks delicious! I usually cook my chicken this way but I’m always trying to find ways to put a spin on it. I’m glad I found your recipe because your marinade looks good.

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    May 29, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Yummy! We eat chicken at least every other week but this dish looks like it would be an interesting twist.
    Now I just have to find achiote… where the heck would I find that?

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    Colette S
    May 29, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    This should be on my menu this week. It sounds delicous.
    And my kids love my chicken.

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    May 30, 2016 at 7:49 am

    This looks like a delicious dish to make for dinner one night. I love how yummy it appears in your photo!

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    May 30, 2016 at 10:07 am

    This looks totally incredible!!

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    Stephanie Pass
    May 30, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    This looks so good. We all love chicken in this house. THis meal would be devoured.

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    Vera Sweeney
    May 30, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    My kids all love chicken legs and it’s hard to find something they all like to eat!! This sounds like a great recipe for dinner!

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    May 31, 2016 at 5:50 am

    My oven roasted chicken never looks that good lol. This looks delicious.

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    Terri Ramsey Beavers
    May 31, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Oh my goodness, that chicken is making me hungry even though I only like white meat. I’ll have to try your recipe on some chicken breasts this week.

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    Dana Peller (@Pellerini)
    May 31, 2016 at 9:02 am

    That photo is phenomenal – I wanted to eat my computer screen! Kidding aside, I am going to try this recipe over the weekend when my parents come over – thanks!

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