Roasted Chicken with Chipotle Cocoa Rub


A brown sugar, salt, cocoa, and chipotle chili rub brings Mexican-inspired flavor to this tender roast chicken.

4 servings



  • 1 cup Diamond Crystal® Kosher Salt

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder


  • 1 (3 1/2) pound whole chicken, skin on

  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil


  1. Combine Diamond Crystal® Kosher Salt, brown sugar, white sugar, cocoa powder, and chipotle chili powder in a medium sized bowl; stir well. Transfer to a sealable airtight container; set aside until needed. Spice blend will hold for 6 to 9 months at room temperature.

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

  3. Rinse chicken and lightly dry off with paper towel. Place chicken in a heat-proof baking dish.

  4. Liberally rub approximately 1/2 cup seasoning onto chicken; apply at least 30 to 60 minutes prior to cooking. If not cooking within the hour, cover and refrigerate. (If removed directly from fridge, allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.)

  5. Drizzle and gently rub chicken with oil.

  6. Roast in the pan to an internal temp 160 degrees F, approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

  7. Allow to rest for 20 to 25 minutes before carving or serving.


Cargill Culinary Team

You can also cut up the chicken, prepare as above, and place chicken pieces directly on a grill.

Note: The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the rub ingredients, not just the amount used in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

999 Calories
37g Fat
107g Carbs
61g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 999
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 239mg 80%
Sodium 22966mg 999%
Total Carbohydrate 107g 39%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 103g
Protein 61g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 630mg 13%

* 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.