If you've been eating gluten-free for a while, you're probably already in love with quinoa. It's packed with protein and takes on the flavors of other ingredients. Here, both the chicken and quinoa taste peppery with hints of citrus.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

30 mins
2 hrs
1 hr 15 mins
3 hrs 45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place chicken, breast side down, on a cutting board. Starting from the neck end, use kitchen shears to make a lengthwise cut down one side of the backbone. Repeat the lengthwise cut on the opposite side of the backbone. Remove and discard the backbone. Turn chicken, skin side up, and press down between the breasts to break the breast bone. Flatten the chicken as much as possible with your hands. Use kitchen shears to remove the wing tips.

  • In a large dry skillet toast peppers over medium heat about 1 minute or until fragrant and slightly darker. Remove peppers from skillet. Remove and discard seeds and stems, break or tear peppers into pieces. Place peppers in a medium bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover. Let stand 20 minutes; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons soaking liquid.

  • For adobo mixture, in a blender or food processor combine drained peppers and reserved soaking liquid, orange peel, orange juice, vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt, cumin, and cinnamon. Cover and blend or process until smooth.

  • Use your hands to loosen the skin over the breasts and thighs of the chicken. Rub adobo mixture under the skin, on top of the skin, and on the underside of the chicken. Place chicken in a resealable plastic storage bag set in a shallow dish. Seal and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove chicken from bag and place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Add chicken broth and wine to the roasting pan. Roast chicken, uncovered, for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until no longer pink (170°F in the thigh).

  • Drain cooking juices from the roasting pan. Skim off fat. Serve chicken drizzled with cooking juices and Quinoa Salad.


*Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts

776 calories; fat 44g; cholesterol 174mg; saturated fat 11g; carbohydrates 39g; mono fat 19g; poly fat 8g; insoluble fiber 8g; sugars 8g; protein 51g; vitamin a 2429.5IU; vitamin c 30.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.6mg; niacin equivalents 13.8mg; vitamin b6 1.2mg; folate 68.5mcg; vitamin b12 0.5mcg; sodium 1488mg; potassium 856mg; calcium 101mg; iron 5.4mg.