Roast Chicken Southwestern-Style

To give roast chicken a Tex-Mex twist, rub the bird with cumin and oregano, stuff it with lime and cilantro and serve with an easy-to-make black bean salsa.

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Makes:
10 servings
Prep:
50 mins
Roast:
1 hr 45 mins to 2 hrs 30 mins 325°F
Stand:
10 mins to 20 mins
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Roast Chicken Southwestern-Style

Ingredients
1
5 pound whole roasting chicken
1
tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil
1
teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/2
teaspoon ground cumin
1
lime, cut into 6 wedges
2
cilantro sprigs
1
15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1
small tomato, chopped
1
small cucumber, seeded and chopped
1/4
cup chopped green onion
2
tablespoons snipped cilantro or parsley
2
tablespoons lime juice
1
tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil
1
clove garlic, minced
1/4
teaspoon salt
 
Cilantro sprigs (optional)
 
Lime wedges (optional)

Directions

  1. Brush chicken with 1 tablespoon oil. In a small bowl combine oregano and cumin; sprinkle over the outside of the bird, then rub into skin. Place 6 lime wedges and 2 cilantro sprigs in body cavity. Tuck the drumsticks under the band of skin that crosses the tail. If there is no band, tie drumsticks to the tail. Twist the wing tips under the chicken.
  2. Place chicken, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow pan. Insert a meat thermometer into the center of one of the thigh muscles. The bulb should not touch the bone. Roast, uncovered, in a 325 degree F oven for 1-3/4 to 2-1/2 hours or until meat thermometer registers 180 degree F. At this time, chicken is no longer pink and the drumsticks move easily in their sockets. When the bird is two-thirds done, cut the band of skin or string between the drumsticks so the thighs cook more evenly.
  3. Meanwhile, for black bean salsa, in a bowl combine black beans, tomato, cucumber, green onion, cilantro or parsley, lime peel, lime juice, 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, and salt. Mix well. Cover and chill until serving time.
  4. Remove chicken from oven and cover it with foil. Let chicken stand for 10 to 20 minutes before carving. Serve black bean salsa with chicken. Garnish with additional cilantro and lime wedges, if desired. Makes 10 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

Prepare salsa; cover and chill up to 12 hours.

Nutrition Facts

(Roast Chicken Southwestern-Style)
    Per serving:
  • 310 kcal cal.,
  • 16 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat,
  • 93 mg chol.,
  • 214 mg sodium,
  • 9 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 35 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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