Honey Adobo Roasted Chicken


Honey adobo roasted chicken

After a long week of technical difficulties What’s Cooking is finally back! And this time I want to share with you a very simple recipe of a rub I used a couple of weeks ago for a whole chicken. I asked on twitter and facebook for ideas to cook it and I finally decided to make a sweet adobo (if such thing didn’t exist, it does now, hehe). I’ve made adobo before, this is only a variation to give it a little sweetness.


Honey Adobo Rub

The ingredients:

  • 1 ancho chile de-seeded*
  • 1 pasilla chile de-seeded*
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 TBSP all-spice
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 TBSP sesame seeds
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • salt and pepper

The how-to:

  1. Heat an iron-cast skillet over medium high heat in a well ventilated kitchen.
  2. Place the dry peppers and cinnamon stick in the skillet to roast.
  3. After a couple of minutes add garlic cloves and when these start to roast add sesame seeds. Roast for about 45 seconds making sure the seeds don’t burn.
  4. Place all those ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed to “pulverize” them.
  5. Add honey, vinegar, salt and pepper (I recommend using a considerable amount of salt if the rub is going to be used on a whole chicken) and pulse until all the ingredients are well blended.

Notes: *These peppers are dry and can be purchase at a Mexican or Latino markets or at supermarkets in the Latino sectinos. I’ve also seen them in the produce section (by the onions and potatoes).

If you are going to use on chicken, rub the adobe very well over and under the skin. Then bake at 250°F for 1.5 hours.


¡Buen provecho!


  • Love all of the seasonings you used. Fabulous!

  • That's a lovely looking chicken! The sweet adobo sounds fantatic too.

  • Packed with flavor…just the way I like it. Quite a few spices that I will have to go and hunt down!!!

  • Looks scrumptious! Isn't it amazing what a little cinnamon will do for a recipe? Love it Ben.

  • Glad to see you back Ben. I hope the technical diggiculties are behind you and you can focus on creating and photographing delicious dishes like this one.

  • What a beautiful roast! I have not roasted a whole chicken yet. Would love to try. This just look too good!

  • mmmm I bet this would make some really interesting chicken tacos or burrito meat. Sounds like a great rub.

  • Glad to see your technical difficulties are over….the chicken looks amazing! Love the spices, especially the cinnamon.

  • Had no idea you could make adobo sweet. It's a really nice way to season chicken.

  • That chicken looks divine, and the recipe is great .

Leave a Reply