Whole Roasted Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce

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This Roasted Peruvian Chicken recipe delivers a delicious, juicy Peruvian-style roast chicken with a spicy and utterly addictive green sauce!

peruvian chicken recipe

Also called Pollo a la Brasa, this Whole Roasted Peruvian Chicken is bathed in olive oil, lime juice, garlic and spices, and then oven-roasted until it’s succulent with crispy skin. Now for the green sauce, colored from cilantro and jalapeño peppers…it’s so good. A mix of spicy, creamy and downright addictive!

How To Make This Peruvian Chicken Recipe – Step By Step

Remove giblets and carefully rinse the chicken, inside and out. Remove any excess fat or skin and leftover pin feathers. Use paper towels to pat the entire chicken dry and set the chicken on the prepared baking sheet.
 
Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Truss the chicken (see recipe for video tutorial).
 
Salt and pepper the outside of the chicken and brush the chicken with 1/4th of the marinade. Refrigerate the chicken 8-48 hours, uncovered, until ready to cook.
 
When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking and heat oven to 450°F.
Turn the chicken, breast side down, onto the wire rack and set the chicken in the oven (middle rack).
Cook the bird 30 minutes then turn it breast-side up.
 
Cook an additional 30 minutes. (If the chicken is getting too brown, cover it with a piece of foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray. (Don’t wrap the foil around the chicken – just set the foil on top of the chicken.)
 
Turn off the oven, baste the chicken with reserved marinade, and set the chicken back in the oven. Replace the foil and leave the chicken 10-15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the thighs registers 175°F-180°F.
Transfer the chicken to a cooling rack and tent with foil. Allow it to rest 15 minutes before serving.

For The Marinade

Whisk all marinade ingredients together in a medium bowl. Pour 1/4th of the marinade into a smaller dish and use this portion to brush over the chicken.
 
Divide the remaining marinade into two smaller dishes and reserve one dish for basting the chicken during cooking and another to serve alongside the cooked chicken. Serve with rice.
 
Enjoy!

roast chicken on plate

close up of roast peruvian chicken

The Right Type Of Chicken To Roast

When shopping for the chicken you may come across different labels on the chicken – ‘broilers’, ‘roasters’ and ‘fryers’. For this recipe we’re using a 4lbs chicken, so grab a ‘fryer’, it’ll do perfectly!  

What Is Aji Verde (The Green Sauce)?

Made with a little mayonnaise, nutty cheese, cilantro, spicy peppers, garlic, and lime, Aji Verde is comforting and packed with vibrant flavor. The secret ingredient is a pepper puree commonly used in Peruvian cooking called, Aji Amarillo Paste. You’ll want to slather this delicious sauce on everything! 

What To Serve With This Peruvian Chicken Recipe

You can serve this Peruvian chicken recipe with rice, or even with fried yuca. A great idea is to pan-fry a couple of sweet plantains, which are delicious dipped in the tart green sauce! Frying plantains couldn’t be simpler too. Peel them, cut them into rounds and pan fry them over medium-high heat in a little vegetable oil until they’re soft and deep golden brown on both sides. Sprinkle them with a little kosher salt – done!

rice and chicken

chicken and sauce

Top Tips For This Peruvian Chicken Recipe

  • Keep the marinade refrigerated in airtight, glass containers until ready to use.
  • Marinade the chicken for at least 8 hours in the fridge.
  • When roasting the chicken breast side up, if the chicken is getting too brown, cover it with a piece of foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Don’t wrap the foil around the chicken – just set the foil on top of the chicken.
  • Make sure to wash your hands after handling the chilies, avoid touching your eyes and other sensitive parts! 

finished dish

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