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Two roasted chicken halves in a roasting pan from Citrus Chicken recipe.

Baja Chicken

Baja Chicken is marinated in orange, lime, garlic, jalapeño, spices and olive oil. It is then baked in such a way that emulates the smoky complex flavors that Baja cuisine is known for. This chicken is tender, juicy and flavorful. Such a family favorite that can served in many different ways.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican American
Keyword Baja Chicken, Baja Chicken Marinade, Citrus Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Marination Time 12 hours
Servings 10 servings
Calories 143kcal
Author Heather



  • 2 tbsp lime zest *about 4 limes
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp orange zest *2 med or 1 large orange
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 sm  jalapeños *sliced
  • 1 cup olive oil *or high heat oil of choice
  • 10 lg garlic cloves *or 2 heads of smaller garlic
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • 1 3 lb whole chicken *giblet package removed



  • Zest both the limes and orange(s)and place zest into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  • Juice the citrus and add juice to zest.
  • Slice jalapeños and add to juice.
  • Whisk oil into citrus juice.
  • Peel garlic and crush with garlic press. Whisk into oil juice mixture.
  • Whisk in spices.


  • Remove chicken form packaging and remove giblets from inner cavity of chicken.
  • Using a sturdy pair of kitchen shears, remove back bone by cutting just beside the spine of the bird on one side and repeating on the other side of the spine.
  • Place chicken skin side down on cutting board. Using a chefs knife, carefully first cut through the cariledge of breast bone (doing this first will make cutting through the breast bone easier). With another motion carefully slice through the breast bone now splitting the chicken in half.
  • Place the two chicken halfs in a large glass bowl and pour marinade over chicken, making sure all chicken is covered in marinade. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12-18 hours. Approxiatmatley 8-10 hours into marination turn the chicken over and spoon marinade over top of chicken.


  • Preheat oven to 425℉.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and place into a large roasting pan skin side up.
  • Spread congealed oil from marinade over tops of chicken. (see notes below)
  • Bake uncovered for 50-60 mins or until internal temperature reads 165℉. (Keep a watchful eye on chicken at around the 40 min marker. If chicken is becomming too dark too quickly, lower temperature to 350℉ and continue baking until chicken reaches its ideal internal temperature.)


*Please as many organic ingredients as possible. 
Recipe Notes


Calories: 143kcal | Protein: 16.4g | Fat: 8.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.2g | Cholesterol: 52.6mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 133.4mg | Vitamin A: 28.5IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 22.5mg | Iron: 1mg