The first recipe I learned to make at home is this Puerto Rican chicken recipe. It’s simple, uses a lot of spices, and the flavor is out of this world. Appreciate it for supper with a side of Spanish rice, kidney beans, sweet plantains, and avocado for a definitive Puerto Rican supper!


  • 3 pounds of drumsticks
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 packet of Sazon seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons of sofrito optional

~ Step by step instructions to Make Puerto Rican Chicken Recipe ~

  1. Toss chicken and remaining ingredients together into a large bowl, gently mix to coat chicken with seasonings.
  2. Allow chicken to marinate for 2-24 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Arrange chicken on a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes, flip the chicken over, bake another 20 minutes before raising heat to 400 degrees for the
  5. final 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve.

How To Make Puerto Rican Chicken In The Oven:

Once you’ve added your seasonings to your Puerto Rican chicken, it’s time to mix it all up! Be warned, sazon seasoning colors your hands. Be sure to either wear gloves or wash your hands as soon as you’re done seasoning your chicken. Growing up my mother would always score the chicken, but it’s not necessary.

For the ultimate flavor, you should let your seasoned Puerto Rican chicken sit in the refrigerator overnight -or at least two hours, before baking your chicken.

Do you cover chicken when baking in the oven?

Covering chicken when baking in the oven is done to keep the chicken as moist as possible. For this Puerto Rican chicken recipe with drumsticks, you don’t have to, but you absolutely can! Remove the foil during the last 10 minutes so the skin can crisp up a bit.

If you want completely crispy skin, skip the cover on the chicken while baking!

How long to bake chicken in the oven?

Once your chicken has marinated, you’ll add it to a pan and bake it at 350 for an hour. Flip it halfway through, and if desired, you can brush BBQ sauce over it for the ultimate oven-baked BBQ chicken recipe. I tend to do this to half of the chicken, this way the kids that want the naked baked chicken can enjoy it without BBQ sauce.

For extra-crisp, you can set your oven to like 425 for the last 5-10 minutes. I especially do this when I make BBQ chicken.

What flavors are utilized for Puerto Rican chicken?

What makes Puerto Rican chicken stand apart is the measure of flavors and spices utilized. Latin plans overall are known for their flavors and strong flavors. We don’t avoid flavor and welcome it with each supper. I say that in case you have garlic powder, dried oregano, salt, and pepper, you’re set-yet that is only the start!


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