Sazon Chicken is a flavorful and aromatic dish that originates from Latin American cuisine, particularly Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The term “Sazon” refers to the seasoning blend used to marinate the chicken, which typically includes a combination of spices like cumin, coriander, garlic, and annatto (achiote). This vibrant and fragrant seasoning infuses the chicken with rich flavour and a beautiful golden hue. Sazon Chicken is perfect for a weeknight dinner or a weekend barbecue, and it pairs wonderfully with rice, beans, or grilled vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal.
Sazon Chicken RecipeCourse: Food u0026amp; Recipes
4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 packet sazon seasoning mix (or homemade sazon seasoning)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and black pepper to taste
Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish (optional)
Lime wedges for serving
- Prepare Chicken: Rinse the chicken thighs under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels. Place the chicken thighs in a large bowl or resealable plastic bag.
- Marinate Chicken: In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, lime juice, ground cumin, paprika, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Pour the marinade over the chicken thighs, making sure they are evenly coated. If using a packet of sazon seasoning mix, sprinkle it over the chicken and massage it into the meat. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight for the best flavour.
- Preheat Grill or Oven: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat or preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Grill or Roast Chicken: If grilling, place the marinated chicken thighs on the preheated grill and cook for 8-10 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C) and the chicken is cooked through, with crisp and golden skin. If roasting in the oven, arrange the chicken thighs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminium foil. Roast for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through, flipping halfway through for even cooking.
- Rest and Serve: Once cooked, transfer the Sazon Chicken thighs to a serving platter and let them rest for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley if desired, and serve with lime wedges on the side for squeezing over the chicken. Enjoy the delicious flavours of this vibrant and aromatic dish!