Roasted Achiote Chicken Recipe

This tasty roast chicken recipe is perfect for wraps and burritos.

Achiote chicken is a Mexican-style roast that uses plenty of herbs and spices for flavor. This chicken recipe is perfect for wraps and burritos!

Roasted Achiote Chicken Recipe

Rachelle Santos
This tasty roast chicken recipe is perfect for wraps and burritos.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6


Roasted Achiote Chicken Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup white onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic minced
  • 1/2 seedless orange juice and zest only
  • 1/2 Lime (Dayap) juice and zest only
  • 1 tablespoon Vinegar
  • 1 10-gram pack Achuete Powder (annatto powder)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf crumbled
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 6 Chicken (use chicken thighs), bone-in


  • Blend olive oil, white onions, garlic, juice and zest orange and lime, vinegar, atsuete powder, salt, ground black pepper, ground cumin, dried oregano, bay leaf, and garlic in a food processor or blender for 30 seconds.
  • Place in a large zip-top bag, add chicken thighs, and marinate for at least 6 hours in the refrigerator. Drain chicken from the marinade. Place chicken on a baking pan. Roast in an oven preheated to 350°F for 40 minutes or until cooked through. Shred chicken.
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