Roasted Habanero Chicken

Ryan once said to me “you make a lot of chicken”. I suppose that is true. I do make a lot of chicken. I like chicken. I like chicken curry, fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, grilled chicken and Lord knows I love me some chicken wings and wings and wings and wings. However, despite the frequency that chicken graces our dinner table we seem to gobble it up each time. This recipe showcasing the spicy sweetness that you get from roasting habanero peppers is no exception.

When you read the word “habanero” in a recipe title do cartoon images of yourself with steam coming out of your ears and sweat dripping off your face flood your mind? No? Well maybe that’s just me. But weird imagery aside, you don’t have to worry about that with this dish. Yes, there is a habanero in it. Yes, habaneros are the spicy pepper. Yes, eating one raw straight off the vine would probably make you cry. But in this dish, the seeds are removed, and the habanero roasted leaving you will a spicy yet sweet burst of flavor that is perfect with this chicken.

Note: This chicken requires marinating for at least 2 hours. Plan ahead.

Roasted Habanero Chicken Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 habanero pepper, cut in half seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro or 1 tablespoon fresh
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 6 chicken drumsticks rinsed and pat dry.
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced



Preheat oven to 400 degrees.


Place habanero pepper on a baking sheet and roast for 10 - 15 minutes or until soft.


Combine roasted habanero pepper, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, cilantro and lime juice in a food processor. Process until well blended.


Place chicken in a bowl. Pour marinade over the top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.


When ready to cook. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.


Place chicken in a baking dish or oven proof pan. Pour marinade over the top. Lay sliced onions around chicken. Cook in preheated oven for 35 - 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and browned.


Transfer chicken to a serving platter and spoon sauce over the top. Serve.



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    October 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    OKay , just made this AGAIN with whole chicken legs. So yummy- served with Angel Hair Pasta and roasted Broccoli. I am Obsessed.

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    October 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Hey Diana I see you made it before I got the chance to get back to you. Sorry about that! I’m glad you liked it :) Did you end up using drumsticks or did you try other chicken pieces? I think you could use your favorite parts of the chicken. If you go the boneless, skinless route the cooking time will be a lot less.

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    October 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Okay, just made this. Great Dish- and not a bit Spicy! Served w/ Egg noodles and grilled squash. (wish I had left-overs.)

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    October 21, 2010 at 5:19 am

    What other parts of the chicken can you use? Does the recipe only work if it is bone in, skin on? thanks so much. I am new to this site and have loved reading!

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    October 20, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Keep brining the chicken recipes!! I love them all! And this one is no exception… mmmmm…I will be trying this for sure.. I love fiery!

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    October 20, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I love chicken,too, but lately I find myself turning to turkey dishes.

    This post makes me wish I could still tolerate hot chilis! I used to love them, but now I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to heat…

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    October 20, 2010 at 7:24 am

    What a great lure the photo of your chicken is! I could make this right away using the Thai bird chiles still available in the garden. We’ve found that we can seed half of them and leave seeds in the other half. I’m due to make chicken very soon, so thanks for the inspiration.

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    October 20, 2010 at 6:51 am

    This chicken dish sounds really good. Thanks for sharing…

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    Curiouseats -Lissa
    October 20, 2010 at 6:36 am

    I love the flavor and smell of habanero. This looks delicious!!!

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