Pollo Asado (Roasted Chicken)

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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 Pollo Asado, don’t you think? Although I am sure my vegetarian husband wouldn’t agree with me 😉

Pollo Asado Colombiano (Colombian Roasted Chicken) |mycolombianrecipes.com

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!

Pollo Asado Colombiano (Colombian Style Roasted Chicken)



  • 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

Pollo Asado Colombiano


  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.
  8. Pollo Asado Colombiano

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  1. says

    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. says

    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.

  3. Anonymous says

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

  4. says

    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

  5. says

    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,

  6. says

    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.

  7. Pilar says

    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.

    • Erica says

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

  8. says

    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.

    • GG says

      I was just wondering what type of beer did you use and when did you add your potatoes?

      Thank You

      • Erica Dinho says

        1. I always use dark beer (different brands). You can use your favorite dark beer.

        2. I cooked the potatoes in a different pot for this recipe.

  9. Juanita says

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

  10. GG says

    I was just wondering what type of beer did you use and when did you add your potatoes?

    Thank You

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