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Peruvian Roast Chicken with Avocado Salad

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
15 min
1 hr 10 min
If you don’t have a roasting rack, you can place your chicken on a bed of veggies instead. Either way, lifting the chicken off the pan surface will help it cook evenly. Try 4 whole celery ribs or a few large carrots, halved lengthwise, in the roasting pan and set the chicken on top.


White wine vinegar

2 tbsp(s)


1 tbsp(s)

Ground cumin

1 tbsp(s)


5 clove(s), large, minced

Canola oil

1 tsp(s)

Table salt

1¾ tsp(s)

Cayenne pepper


Uncooked skinless boneless chicken light and dark meat

1¾ pound(s), 1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken, skin and wings removed and discarded and giblets removed

Romaine lettuce

1 small head(s), thinly sliced (about 6 cups)

Red onion

½ small, thinly sliced

California (Hass) avocado

½ small, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced


½ wedge(s), juice


½ wedge(s), cut into 4 wedges, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray roasting rack with nonstick spray and place in roasting pan.
  2. Stir together vinegar, paprika, cumin, garlic, oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and cayenne in small bowl. Rub spice mixture all over meat and in cavity of chicken. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Place chicken, breast side up, on prepared rack in pan. Roast until instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh (not touching bone) registers 165°F, about 1 hour. Transfer chicken to cutting board and let stand 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine romaine and onion on serving platter or in salad bowl. Top with avocado; sprinkle with lime juice and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  4. Carve chicken into 6 pieces and arrange on platter; serve with salad and lime wedges.
  5. Serving size:1 piece chicken and 1 cup salad


Smart pointers: Want a bigger salad? Add halved cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumbers for 0 Points.