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Can I use lemon instead of lime?

Yes, you can use lemon instead of lime. However, you should keep in mind that there are slight nuances between the taste of both and lime is the key flavor in Latin and Mexican cuisine.

What is the difference between lime and lemon?

First of all, limes and lemons taste differently; limes have a bitter taste while lemons have a sour one. Limes are green and almost round in shape while lemons are yellow and oval-shaped. Limes are smaller, too. Some think that limes are immature lemons but this is not the case. Limes turn yellow if they stay on the tree longer but do not become lemons. However, despite all these differences, nutritionally they are almost the same and they can perfectly substitute for each other in a recipe.

What does salsa verde mean?

Salsa verde means green sauce both in Italian and Spanish and it is a very famous sauce of Latin and Mexican cuisine.

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lime & cumin roast chicken with salsa verde air fryer recipe

Emine Aslan February 27, 2024
Lime & Cumin Roast Chicken with Salsa Verde Air Fryer Recipe

Summary: Here is a delicious lime and cumin flavored roasted chicken recipe to serve with salsa verde for Mexican cuisine lovers!

Tags: Roast air fryer chicken

Cuisine:Latin & Mexican
Cook Time:60 minutes
Prep Time:60 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 362

Air fryers have made making roasted chicken recipes so easy that you can try a different flavored one each time. This roast chicken recipe has a delicious marinade and your loved ones will eat it up in seconds at dinner. There is also the salsa verde recipe to accompany the chicken. You can complete your dinner menu with a rice or cracked wheat (bulgar) pilaf and green salad. Please keep in mind that this recipe requires a 6-hour marinating time. Hope you’ll enjoy it!


  • Chicken
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder

  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons paprika

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 whole chicken (4 pounds), cleaned

  • Salsa verde
  • 1½ pound tomatillos, husk removed and roasted

  • ½ cup chopped white onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves

  • ½ lime, juiced

  • 2 serrano peppers, deseeded and chopped

  • Salt to taste


  1. Add olive oil, lime juice, cumin powder, garlic, paprika, oregano, salt, black pepper and sugar in a bowl and mix them very well.

  2. Place the chicken on a plate and rub the mixture all over it including its cavity.

  3. Cover the chicken with a plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 6 hours to get marinated.

  4. After marinating the chicken, preheat the air fryer by selecting the "Chicken" function and adjusting the timer to 3 minutes. Once you press the "Start/Pause" button it will begin warming up.

  5. Insert the chicken fork of your air fryer into chicken through cavity and lock well. If your air fryer does not have rotisserie equipment then place the chicken on one of its trays or in the basket.

  6. Open the air fryer, insert the oil drip tray at the lowest rack and fix the fork with chicken in. If you do not have rotisserie in your air fryer, insert the tray or the basket in.

  7. Set the timer to 60 minutes. Press the "Start/Pause" button to begin roasting.

  8. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F and the outside should turn golden brown when it is cooked.

  9. Meanwhile you can prepare salsa verde. To do so, add tomatillos, onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, serrano pepper and salt into a food processor, pulse until it is smooth and salsa verde is ready.

  10. Once the chicken is cooked remove it from the air fryer and let it rest for 15 minutes at room temperature.

  11. Carve the chicken into desired pieces and spoon some salsa verde on top.

  12. Serve it warm.

  13. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
23.4 grams
12.2 grams
7.2 grams
28.2 grams
311.4 milligrams

    A rice or cracked wheat (bulgar) pilaf and green salad will go great with this roast recipe of Mexican cuisine. You can also serve it with potatoes, cauliflower, squash, broccolini based side dishes.