Pontevedra-Style Spanish Chicken


My grandparents came from Pontevedra, Spain in 1920 through Ellis Island and brought this recipe with them. I grew up eating this dish and my children just love it. Of course, they never measured anything, so the measurements are just an estimate.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (3 to 3 1/2 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces

  • 2 cups olive oil

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 1 head roasted garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup sweet Pimenton de la Vera (Spanish smoked paprika)

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Place the chicken pieces in a roasting pan skin-side down. Pour the olive oil and melted butter over the chicken. Sprinkle the pieces with minced roasted garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. Turn the chicken pieces skin-side up and roast until the chicken is done and the skin is crispy, about 25 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the meat should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  4. Serve the chicken pieces with the sauce on the side for dipping.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the olive oil and butter. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1042 Calories
97g Fat
6g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 1042
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 97g 125%
Saturated Fat 22g 112%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 223mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 460mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.