These roasted bone-in chicken breasts with a light, citrusy sauce were inspired by Marcie Turney's trip to the Yucatán. At her restaurant, the chicken's burnished color comes from achiote, a paste made with annatto seeds.

Marcie Turney
Recipe by Food & Wine September 2011

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Credit: John Kernick

Recipe Summary

total:
45 mins
Yield:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 425°. In a blender, puree the orange zest and juice, lime zest and juice, garlic, ancho powder, oregano and 1/4 cup of oil. Season with salt and pepper.

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  • Arrange the chicken in a shallow baking dish, skin side up, and make 3 deep, crosswise cuts in each breast half. Season the chicken with salt and cover it with the puree, rubbing it into the slits. Spread the chayote, poblano and onion on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with oil and season with salt. Roast the chicken in the upper third of the oven for 30 minutes, basting a few times, until just white throughout; rotate the pan once halfway through. At the same time, roast the vegetables for about 30 minutes, until browned and the chayote is crisp-tender.

  • Preheat the broiler. Broil the chicken 6 inches from the heat until well glazed, 2 minutes. Garnish with the Herbs and serve the chicken and vegetables with the pan juices.

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