Pollo Asado ( Roasted Chicken)

by Erica Dinho on March 1, 2010

Do you remember my Colombian-style roasted chicken legs ? If not, don’t worry, here’s the recipe. Well, here is another variation of roasted chicken that we have in Colombia and this time I used a whole chicken. The skin was crispy and flavourful. It is a beautiful roasted chicken, don’t you think? Although I am sure my vegetarian husband wouldn’t agree with me ;-)

The aromas of chicken, beer, onion and spices together were fantastic and the house smelled delicious! Remember, it is important to let the chicken marinate overnight for better flavor.

I hope you enjoy it!

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  • 1 whole chicken (about 5 pounds)
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup beer


  1. In a food processor, place the scallions, garlic, cilantro, thyme, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Process to a paste.
  2. Place the chicken in a large plastic bowl, brush with the vegetable oil and add the marinade evenly.
  3. Tie the chicken legs with kitchen string and refrigerate the chicken overnight.
  4. The next day when you are ready to roast the chicken:
  5. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  6. Place the chicken in a roasting pan and add the beer. Roast the chicken for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the skin is crispy and the chicken juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh.
  7. Remove the chicken from the roasting pan and place on a plate. Cover with aluminium foil and let it rest for about 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite potatoes.
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1 Kim March 1, 2010 at 8:55 AM

That chicken looks gorgeous! I love all the flavorings, like the cilantro and the scallions. I’ve never made a roast chicken with those flavors, but it sounds terrific!


2 Norma March 1, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Yummy! I am imagining the potatoes soaking up all the juices from the chicken.


3 Sarah Naveen March 1, 2010 at 9:28 AM

OMG!!! That looks terrific and yummy dear!!!! would love to grab that chicken now and wanna gobble up now…


4 5 Star Foodie March 1, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Your roast chicken sounds so flavorful with the spices and the beer, yum!


5 Angie March 1, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I love those flavors, that chicken looks just divine!


6 Erica March 1, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Thank you guys!


7 Soma March 1, 2010 at 12:15 PM

I still haven’t cooked with beer. This looks so warm and appetizing.


8 Sandi March 1, 2010 at 12:18 PM

I will definitely be trying this. I have a couple chickens in the freezer and want to use them but not make the same boring roast chicken and your recipe sounds really great with lots of flavor.


9 Blond Duck March 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM

That chicken looks amazing!


10 Baking is my Zen March 1, 2010 at 1:12 PM

There is nothing better than a roasted chicken…so comforting!


11 Anonymous March 1, 2010 at 1:22 PM

I was searching your web last Wednesday for a whole-chicken-recipe. next time I know I can find one ;-)
The Netherlands


12 Erica March 1, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


13 Ivy March 1, 2010 at 2:28 PM

That’s a perfectly baked chicken and love all the flavours in it.


14 Sandra g March 1, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Wow this chicken looks awsome, this is my next weekend dinner!


15 Joan Nova March 1, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I’m such a wino, I forget to cook with beer. I know it adds good flavor, especially with chicken. Yours looks delicious.


16 grace March 1, 2010 at 4:13 PM

ooh, look at that char! excellently roasted, and the spices used are some of my favorites!


17 ruth March 1, 2010 at 4:51 PM

They say that you should never go shopping on an empty stomach, but they should say, never look at foodie blogs on an empty stomach. This chicken looks amazing, tender and juicy! Love the addition of the beer, alcohol just seems to marry so well with meat. And the spices, yum! Ok now, my empty stomach is really killing me lol


18 Erica March 1, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Thank you all for taking the time to read my post!


19 Lyndsey March 1, 2010 at 6:01 PM

It looks fantastic! I am bookmarking this one. I love roasted chicken and I love all these flavors! Wahoo! a new chicken idea!


20 Simply Life March 1, 2010 at 6:11 PM

YUM! This looks absolutely perfect!


21 Bo March 1, 2010 at 9:39 PM

That chicken looks perfectly roasted.


22 Velva March 1, 2010 at 11:08 PM

This just the kind of roasting chicken that you open your windows while cooking to fill the air outside with the savory flavors. This is a wonderful recipe for roasting chicken,


23 Erica March 2, 2010 at 7:48 AM

Thank you guys for the wonderful comments!


24 Maria March 2, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Love that roasted chicken! It looks beautifully cooked and the flavors sound great!


25 allison lemons March 2, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I just found a book for colombian recipes that my mother-in-law gave me, and I realized I haven’t been over here in a while! And perfect timing too – this chicken looks incredible, and Alejandro has been asking (no, begging), for roasted chicken.


26 Pilar March 2, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Hi, Erica,
Who takes your pictures? Are you the photographer and food stylist as well?
I still owe you the “Pastel de Yuca” recipe I offered awhile ago.


27 Erica March 2, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Hi Pilar, Yes, I do everything: I am the photographer, writer and food stylish! I clean my kitchen,too ;-)


28 Chris March 2, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I love the flavor profile for this roasted chicken. I use beer in my mop for my smoked chicken and it works very well but haven’t tried it roasting. I’m tempted to try your recipe but smoke it low and slow instead of roasting it, just to see what it tastes like. I can’t see why it wouldn’t work. Great recipe, Erica.


29 Faith March 2, 2010 at 7:52 PM

My hubby would go crazy for this roast chicken! I love all the fresh herbs and spices in it!


30 Barbara Bakes March 2, 2010 at 10:12 PM

That is a gorgeous chicken! I can only imagine how hungry I’d be while it was roasting!


31 danielle March 3, 2010 at 12:36 AM

one of the things I love about roasted chicken (besides the lack of attention that is required during cooking) is the leftovers!!


32 DIY Chicken Coop March 3, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Hello! from Munich. I really like your blog


33 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction March 5, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Looks great! It’s been a while since I made a roasted chicken. I’m thinking I need to fix that. :)


34 Kitchen Butterfly March 5, 2010 at 5:58 PM

I love cumin in anything….ice cream included. Therefore, this is a winner for me!


35 Oysterculture March 5, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Love all the spices here. Thanks for linking the recipes May have to do a side by side taste test just for fun!


36 Erica March 9, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Thank you, thank you and thank you for all your support!


37 Juanita March 27, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Thank you Erica, love your recipes, they’re so easy to follow, made the chicken today. Turned out really good, so juicy.


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