Delicious Gluten-Free Southwest Chicken Recipe

Hello there, fellow foodies! Today, I am excited to share with you one of my latest creations that is sure to get your taste buds dancing – a delicious, gluten-free, Southwest roasted chicken recipe. This recipe packs a punch of flavor and is super easy to make.

Now, I know what you may be thinking, “Southwest flavors can be heavy on the gluten and dairy”. But fear not, this recipe is both gluten-free and dairy-free without sacrificing any taste. It’s perfect for those who have gluten or dairy allergies but still want to enjoy the bold flavors of the Southwest.

Picture juicy tender chicken breasts seasoned with chili powder and garlic cloves, complemented by fresh and dried sage leaves to create a mouth-watering aroma that will melt in your mouth. Combined with low-fat sweet potatoes or quinoa smothered in butter margarine melted over the top of the chicken bake — each bite will take your palate on an adventure you won’t forget.

Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or hosting a dinner party at home, this recipe is perfect for both occasions. You can easily double or triple the recipe if you are having guests over or put it away as meal prepping for busy weekday nights.

So come along with me as we dive into the ingredients list and how-to steps so you too can make this irresistible Gluten Free Southwest Roasted Chicken Recipe in no time!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Southwest Roasted Chicken
Gluten Free Southwest Roasted Chicken

Are you looking for a hearty and delicious gluten-free meal that will satisfy your craving for Southwest flavors? Look no further than this Gluten-Free Southwest Roasted Chicken Recipe!

This recipe is packed with mouth-watering ingredients like garlic cloves, ground coriander, chili powder, fresh sage leaves, and dried sage that will smother your taste buds in a melt-in-your-mouth flavor. Plus, this recipe can be made with butter or margarine and features low-fat chicken breast, making it a healthier option than the typical Southwest snacks.

Whether you want to bake this tasty chicken for 30 minutes or roast it in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour, this gluten-free recipe is an easy and affordable way to enjoy the best of Southwestern cuisine.

Better yet – not only is this dish gluten-free, but it’s also dairy-free, making it a paleo-friendly option. So whether you’re on a restricted diet due to allergies or simply looking for a healthy meal idea, this southwestern roasted chicken recipe is the perfect choice.

So why not add some kick to your dinner repertoire with this scrumptious recipe? Trust me; once you try it, you won’t be able to resist making it again and again.

Ingredient List

 Juicy and flavorful chicken with a Southwest twist.
Juicy and flavorful chicken with a Southwest twist.

Let’s start with the ingredients you’ll need to create this delicious gluten-free Southwest roasted chicken recipe.

Main Ingredients

  • 1 whole broiler-fryer chicken (3 pounds)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage or 3 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter or margarine melted

Southwest Seasoning Mix

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Optional Ingredients for Serving and Pairing

  • Sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Quinoa
  • Black beans

Make sure to have these ingredients on hand before starting the recipe to ensure a smooth cooking experience.

The Recipe How-To

 A perfect gluten-free option for all chicken lovers.
A perfect gluten-free option for all chicken lovers.

Let’s get cooking! This recipe is sure to impress with its bold flavors and juicy chicken. Here’s how to make it step-by-step:


  • 1 whole broiler-fryer chicken (3 pounds)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.

  2. Rinse the chicken, both inside and out, with cold water then pat dry with paper towels. Put the chicken in a baking pan.

  3. In a bowl, mix together the garlic, coriander, chili powder, and chopped sage leaves.

  4. Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken breasts making sure to get under the skin as well. Then drizzle melted butter/margarine over the top.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.

  6. Let rest for at least 10 minutes before carving into pieces and serving.

You’ll know it’s done when you see a nice golden brown color on top! This roasted chicken is juicy and flavorful with just the right amount of spice from the chili powder and savoriness from the sage leaves. Trust me; it’ll be hard not to go back for seconds!


This recipe can also be made with chicken breasts only; simply adjust cook time accordingly (bake at 350°F for approximately 25 minutes).

Now that you know how easy it is, go ahead and give this gluten-free Southwest Roasted Chicken Recipe a try at home!

Substitutions and Variations

 Roasted to perfection, this dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Roasted to perfection, this dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Are you looking for some ways to mix things up in your gluten-free and dairy-free cooking? Here are some easy substitutions and variations you can try with this Southwest Roasted Chicken recipe to keep things fresh and exciting.

– Swap out the chicken breasts for chicken thighs or a whole chicken: If you prefer dark meat or want to cook a whole bird, feel free to make the switch. Just adjust the cooking time as needed to ensure everything is cooked through.

– Make it Paleo: To make this recipe Paleo-friendly, simply swap the butter or margarine for ghee or coconut oil.

– Add some veggies: To amp up the nutritional value of this dish, try roasting some vegetables alongside the chicken. Sweet potatoes or bell peppers would be great additions!

– Make it spicy: If you like things hot, feel free to add more chili powder or even some cayenne pepper to the seasoning mix.

– Stuff it: For a fancier presentation, consider stuffing the chicken breasts with a mixture of chopped fresh herbs (like parsley or cilantro), garlic, and dairy-free cheese before baking.

– Serve it differently: While this roasted chicken is delicious on its own, there are plenty of ways to incorporate it into other dishes. Consider using it in tacos, on top of salads, or in a wrap made with gluten-free tortillas.

The possibilities for substitutions and variations are endless when it comes to cooking, so don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. Happy cooking!

Serving and Pairing

 A fusion of bold flavors with a hint of smokiness.
A fusion of bold flavors with a hint of smokiness.

This Gluten Free Southwest Roasted Chicken recipe is a complete meal in itself. However, you can definitely pair it with other dishes to make it more wholesome and satisfying.

I suggest serving this chicken with a side of roasted vegetables such as bell peppers, onions or asparagus. The flavors of the chicken and vegetables will compliment each other perfectly. You can also add some sweet potatoes on the side for some added sweetness to the meal.

To add some crunch to your meal, you can serve this chicken with a fresh salad drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. You could also try pairing it with some black beans and quinoa for a complete vegan meal option.

If you’re looking to make a wrap, simply slice the roasted chicken breast into thin strips and wrap them up in a gluten-free tortilla filled with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and avocado. The perfect combination of southwest flavors that will melt in your mouth.

This dish is perfect for meal-prep or dinner parties. It goes really well with a bottle of chilled white wine, and if you’re feeling daring, maybe even spicy margaritas! It’s an irresistible treat that will leave everyone asking for seconds.

No matter how you choose to enjoy this Gluten Free Southwest Roasted Chicken recipe, I guarantee it will be a crowd-pleaser- easy to make, flavorful and satisfying.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Who said gluten-free food can't be delicious?
Who said gluten-free food can’t be delicious?

Making a big batch of Gluten Free Southwest Roasted Chicken ahead of time is one of my favorite ways to have a quick and healthy meal during busy weekdays. After roasting the chicken, let it cool down to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container. You can keep the chicken in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or freeze it for later use.

Reheating is easy too! Simply place the chicken on a baking dish and bake it in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 375°F. If you’re in a hurry, you can also reheat individual portions in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. I do not recommend thawing frozen chicken in the microwave as it might affect its texture and flavor.

You can also use leftover chicken in various dishes such as salads, sandwiches, wraps, and casseroles. My personal favorite is to make a gluten-free and dairy-free smothered chicken with the leftovers by adding sautéed onions, peppers, and mushrooms on top of the reheated chicken. This delicious and healthy meal can be paired with quinoa, sweet potatoes, or any vegetables you like.

Pro-tip: When storing the leftover chicken, make sure to cut them into small pieces or shred them so that they will heat evenly when reheated. Additionally, you can sprinkle some extra seasoning on top of the chicken before reheating to give it an additional burst of flavors.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Simple ingredients create an irresistible combination of tastes.
Simple ingredients create an irresistible combination of tastes.

I’ve gathered some quick and easy tips for you to make sure to get the best results in this gluten-free Southwest roasted chicken recipe. These tips will help take your cooking expertise up a notch!

1. Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh ingredients ensure both a higher nutritional value and better taste! Swap your dried spices for fresh herbs instead.

2. Preheat Oven: Preheat the oven to the desired temp listed in the recipe beforehand, at least 10 mins prior, so that temperature is steady and ready when you put the chicken in.

3. Don’t Skimp on Spices: The perfect balance of spices will take this recipe from ordinary to extraordinary. Add more or less of what you love and adjust according to your own taste buds.

4. Keep Chicken Moist: Nobody likes dry chicken! Cover with foil or baste with butter every 20 minutes while baking, it helps ensure it stays moist and mouthwatering.

5. Choose Quality Meat: Make sure chicken is free-range, organic and whole as it imparts the best flavor

6. Use a Meat Thermometer: Ensure your chicken is cooked through without overcooking or drying it out by following recommended cook time, i.e., until temperature reaches at least 165-degree Fahrenheit in the thickest part near the bone.

7. Rest Before Slicing: Give it a good 10 minutes to rest before slicing, allowing for all the juices to redistribute and settle back into each bite before serving.

8. Add Personal Touches: This recipe can be easily customized by adding different veggies, potatoes or even stuffing! Make this recipe your own by playing with different variations that suit your palette.

These simple yet effective tips will aid in making this gluten-free southwestern roasted chicken recipe irresistible!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Gluten Free Southwest Roasted Chicken Recipe is a must-try for anyone looking for a healthy and flavorful meal. With its blend of spices, fresh herbs, and succulent chicken breast, this recipe is sure to melt in your mouth and leave you feeling satisfied.

What’s more, this recipe is highly adaptable and can be tailored to suit your dietary needs and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a low-fat option or want to add in some quinoa or sweet potatoes for extra nutrition, the possibilities are endless.

Giving your body wholesome, nourishing food is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. And with this gluten-free chicken recipe, there’s no reason not to indulge in delicious meals while still taking care of your health.

So what are you waiting for? Put on your apron and get cooking! Your taste buds (and body) will thank you.

Gluten Free Southwest Roasted Chicken

Gluten Free Southwest Roasted Chicken Recipe

Recipe is from Betty Crocker.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Calories 400.9 kcal


  • 1 whole broiler-fryer chicken, 3 pounds
  • 1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine, melted
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped


  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Fold wings of chicken across back with tips touching. Tie or skewer drumsticks to tail. Place chicken, breast side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh muscle and does not touch bone.
  • Roast uncovered 30 minutes. Mix remaining ingredients; brush generously over chicken. Roast uncovered about 1 hour longer, brushing 1 or 2 times with butter mixture, until thermometer reads 180F and juice of chicken is no longer pink when center of thigh is cut. let stand about 15 minutes for easier carving.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 164gCalories: 400.9kcalCarbohydrates: 0.7gProtein: 28.8gFat: 30.9gSaturated Fat: 11.5gCholesterol: 135.3mgSodium: 182.5mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.1g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Chicken, Easy, Meat, Oven, Poultry, Roast, Whole Chicken
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