I love to cook with lime if you follow my blog you know that a lot of my recipes have lime instead of lemon… is just the flavour of the lime that I find so damn good… and this Venezuelan Lime Chicken Recipe is really a finger licking dish perfect for the BBQ, grill or as a roast.
One thing I have to say about this recipe is that it really doesn’t work with chicken breasts, I mean, fillet chicken breast.
Back at home, we don’t really eat breast fillets, almost everywhere you eat chicken it will always be on the bone, and why not, the flavour and moisture cannot compete with a dry fillet that most of the time is also very bland.
This recipe is full of strong zesty gutsy flavours and in real need of a meat that can carry well these strong flavours and chicken breast will not do justice because is simply too delicate.
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- 7 or 8 chicken drumsticks
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 red pepper
- 1 green pepper
- 1 large onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil optional
- 1/5 tsp dried rosemary
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp Worcester sauce
- 3 large limes
- 4 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Splash of water
In bowl place the chopped pepper, onion, oil, lime juice of 2 limes, water and garlic and blend using a hand blender or food processor
To the chicken add the marinate, dried herbs, salt, black pepper and Worcester sauce and mix together. Leave to rest for minimum 1 hour or overnight.
Place the chicken in a pre-heated oven at 220 degrees Celsius and cook for 45 minutes.
Once the 45 minutes have passed remove the chicken from the oven and place the drumsticks in a bowl. Transfer the marinate onto another bowl and add the juice of the 3rd lime, and mix well.
Place back the drumsticks on the tray and spread the marinate over the top of the chicken, and place again in the oven, cook for an extra 30 minutes.
Once the time has passed, remove the chicken from the oven and serve!
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Lately because of all the dishes I made with lime, some of my non Venezuelan friends have asked me what’s the difference between limes and lemons, and to be honest apart from the flavours I didn’t really know, so I went on a search to find what is the difference between lemons and limes, and this is what I found:
I was glad to find that either lime and lemons have good antioxidant benefits, very good for looking young! and also good anti-cancer properties.
An interesting fact about limes or lemons is that the Romans were the first people to add slices of lemons to water, and this was to purify the not very clean water they drank at the time, as lemons and limes have a protective property against viral diseases.
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