When Ricardo Camacho, executive chef of Añejo, the Mexican eatery in both Hell’s Kitchen and Tribeca, ventured on a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, he was immediately inspired by the flavors and food. When he came back, he brought this inspiration with him into the kitchen—and ever since he’s been crafting new dishes, like this Roasted Mexican Chicken.
What you need at a glance:
You’ll want to check out your nearest Mexican or Latin American shop for some of these ingredients, though stores like Whole Foods carry many of these items.
Guaje seeds (or use pumpkin seeds)
Mexican Crema (or use sour cream)
For the salsa verde, you’ll need:
Or, if you’re in a hurry, you could opt for buying fresh salsa verde.
Don’t be alarmed by all the ingredients: the results of this roasted Mexican Chicken are so flavorful chicken you’ll want to make it again and again. You’ll love the spice of the chicken paired with the zesty “guaje salsa,” also known as guaxmole, a traditional Mexican sauce made of guaje seeds. If you can’t find these seeds, it’s okay to substitute with pumpkin seeds. While the Mexican crema has a salty tangy flavor all its own, don’t get bogged down if you can’t find it. Sour cream will do as well.
Añejo has two locations: 668 10th Ave. at 47th St. in Hell’s Kitchen and 301 Church St. at Walker St. in Tribeca. If you’re in NYC, or come to visit, head to Añejo, for chef Camacho’s other Mexican-inspired dishes.