Modified Pollo Iberico (Roast Spanish Chicken) Recipe

Christmas Dinner

For this year's Christmas Eve Dinner, one of the main entrees is Modified Pollo Iberico (Roast Spanish Chicken). I saw this prepared by a famous chef in one of our local television cooking shows. However, because I cannot find some of the ingredients, I came up with my own version that my family and friends loved. I am posting this recipe as it might help you to plan for a stress-free Christmas celebration. You might wanna try it for your own Christmas Dinner. BY 2.0 BY 2.0


  • 2 whole Chicken
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 heads Garlic, peeled, crushed and finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Knorr Seasoning or ordinary soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Rock Salt
  • 1 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp Dried Basil
  • ½ tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • ½ cup Clear Soda (Sprite or 7UP)
  • 3 tbsp Calamansi juice
  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar

Cooking Procedure

Clean the chicken and drain on paper towel. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl to make the marinade. Rub the marinade all over the chicken and insert the rest of the marinade in between chicken skin and meat, especially the garlic and herbs. Marinate for at least 6 hours. If it will be served for dinner, then it is better to marinate early in the morning. Most roasted chicken recipe will state 3 hours marinating time but I found it to be insufficient. Broil or bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes at 190°C or 375°F. You can extend for another 10 minutes to achieve your desired brownness. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

I hope you like it. Merry Christmas!

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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Nice Recipe may have to try it for dinner sometimes Thanks for sharing

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Papa Sez 6 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

Hi Mama Sez, can't wait to again get a taste of your special's a guaranteed winner!

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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Hello, Mama Sez, the chicken roast will find its way to New Year Dinner. Found you at Emievel's hub. Great roast hub. I'll try it!

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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA

I am going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing, it looks wonderful!

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Mama Sez 6 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Ms Lita and Ladybird33, hope you were able to try this recipe and liked it. I was not able to respond immediately, my apologies. I'll cook for you to make up :D

dreamreachout 6 years ago

fab recipe!! will definitly try this out!!

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Mama Sez 6 years ago from Canada Author

This chicken recipe really tastes great because of the blend of spices. Thanks for the comment dream :)

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Great Hub and Fantastic Picture. I'm sure a lot of folks leave this hungry and ready to cook it... Thanks and Peace :)

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Japemwellows 6 years ago from 5ifth Dimensi0n

This is great hub, recipe looks/sounds great! will bookmark for the future!

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