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Spanish roasted chicken

Alicante Style Chicken

Lauren Aloise
Alicante style chicken is a typical dish that Spaniards like to eat for lunch after a morning on the beach. Juicy and delicious, you've got to try it!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4 servings
Calories 496.96 kcal


  • 1 whole chicken skin on
  • One head of garlic peeled
  • A handful of parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 cup of dry white wine or Manzanilla (dry sherry wine)
  • 1 cup of water
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube optional


  • Preheat oven and a roasting pan to 400°F (200°C)
  • First, make sure that the chicken is completely dry, pat any moisture off with paper towels.
  • Put the chicken into a deep roasting pan.
  • In a food processor, or with a mortar and pestle, make a paste with the garlic cloves, salt, parsley and pepper. You won't need to use all of this paste, and it can last a few weeks in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Stuff the chicken with a couple of tablespoons of the paste, and cover it with a bit more. Then rub the skin with olive oil.
  • Pour the wine and water around the chicken, you can also add a chicken bouillon cube if you want.
  • Cover the chicken in a damp piece of parchment paper.
  • Depending on the size of the chicken, the time in the oven may vary. I cooked my 5 pound chicken for about one hour (until the juices ran clear, not pink).
  • During the last 15 minutes in the oven, remove the parchment paper and let the skin become crispy. If it isn't crisping up use the broiler for a few minutes.
  • Serve with homemade french fries (I like to fry unpeeled garlic cloves with my homemade fries, they come out tender and delicious!).


Calories: 496.96kcalCarbohydrates: 2.82gProtein: 35.87gFat: 32.38gSaturated Fat: 8.75gCholesterol: 142.96mgSodium: 958.51mgPotassium: 432.44mgFiber: 0.35gSugar: 0.79gVitamin A: 519.34IUVitamin C: 7.27mgCalcium: 34.92mgIron: 2.16mg
Keyword chicken and wine, garlic chicken recipe, juicy chicken
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