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Peruvian Chicken

 Golden-skin Pollo a la Brasa or Peruvian chicken marinates in vinegar and traditional spices and roasts in the oven in under an hour. Our spatchcocked rendition is broken down and served with our take on Peruvian green sauce.

A single serving of our Peruvian roasted chicken served with serrano crema.
A single serving of our Peruvian roasted chicken served with serrano crema.

Peruvian Chicken – Pollo A La Brasa

Tressa Jamil
Our rendition of Peruvian chicken is butterflied, rubbed with warm spices, and roasted whole in the oven; we serve the chicken with bright and creamy serrano crema.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Peruvian
Servings 6 people
Calories 674 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 pounds whole chicken, butterflied
  • 2 tablespoons cumin, ground
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar, distilled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Adjust the oven rack to the upper-middle position and preheat the oven to 450°. Then, line a rimmed baking sheet with a wire rack.
  • Dry the chicken thoroughly with a cloth, and set it aside.
  • Add cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic, vinegar, and oil to a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Using a pastry brush, evenly distribute the mixture over the whole chicken.
  • Place the chicken in the middle of the wire rack. Roast for 35 to 45 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 180°.
  • Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and tent loosely with foil for 10 minutes.
  • Break down the chicken and serve with serrano crema.

Notes

  • Preparing the Chicken: You don’t need to butterfly the chicken the way we do, though it is far easier than it seems. Butterflying or spatchcocking a chicken is the best way to ensure the chicken cooks evenly. If you don’t want to butterfly the chicken, leave it whole and adjust the cooking time to 55 minutes. 
 
  • For Smaller Chickens: If using a smaller chicken, the excess paste may build up on the chicken. If this happens, lightly brush the chicken with olive oil to serve.
 
  • How do you know when the whole chicken is done cooking? Check the internal temperature of the chicken using a food thermometer; insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken. For the whole chicken, check the near the breastbone. 
 
  • Web Story: Check out our web story for Peruvian chicken. 

Nutrition

Serving: 3 chicken piecesCalories: 674kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 83gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 405mgSodium: 1601mgPotassium: 738mgVitamin A: 260IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 6mg
Keyword peruvian chicken, Peruvian green sauce
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A whole roasted Peruvian chicken ready to serv.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Chicken: I use a whole, butterflied chicken for this recipe. In my opinion, this is the tastiest and most effective way to make chicken. Butterflying is the process of cutting out the backbone and flattening it; as a result, the chicken roasts more evenly. You can use leg quarters, thighs, legs, or a combination if you prefer. However, be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly; the safe cooking temperature is 165°.
  • Peruvian Chicken Marinade: I use a tasty combination of cumin, paprika, salt, black pepper, garlic, distilled white vinegar, and olive oil to flavor the chicken.

HOW TO BUTTERFLY A CHICKEN

HOW TO MAKE PERUVIAN CHICKEN

PREPARE– Adjust the oven rack to the upper-middle position and preheat the oven to 450°. Then, line a rimmed baking sheet with a wire rack.

DRY- Dry the chicken thoroughly with a cloth, and set it aside.

COMBINE– Add cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic, vinegar, and oil to a small bowl and stir to combine.

Peruvian roasted chicken covered in marinade and spices.

COAT- Using a pastry brush, evenly distribute the mixture over the whole chicken.

Peruvian roasted chicken baking in oven

BAKE- Place the chicken in the middle of the wire rack. Roast for 35 to 45 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 180°.

TENT- Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and tent loosely with foil for 10 minutes.

A single serving of our Peruvian roasted chicken served with serrano crema.

SERVE- Break down the chicken and serve with serrano crema and a nice bright salad like our cucumber tomato avocado salad.

SEARCHING FOR MORE LIKE THIS? 

If you love this recipe, we hope you will try one of our other chicken-centered meals!  

Serrano crema ready to be served.
Serrano Crema

What can I serve with Peruvian chicken?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Should I alter the recipe if I’m making leg quarters, thighs, or drumsticks rather than a whole chicken?

Keep the marinade the same, but reduce the cooking time since you’re not making a whole chicken; here is my recipe for Peruvian Chicken Legs.

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Recipe Rating




RJ

Thursday 19th of May 2022

I wish I could have this chicken once a week. It has been a favorite for kids and grownups alike. Very easy to feed groups with.

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 12th of June 2022

I always make this recipe when we have guests over.

Nelly

Friday 4th of March 2022

Peruvian food is the best on the World,y family is so happy !! ❤️.

Tressa - Jamil Ghar Team

Saturday 5th of March 2022

Nelly, I am so glad you and your family enjoyed it!

Gisela

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I made this recipe tonight, and it was delicious. I am taking some to work tomorrow for two of my colleagues. Thank you!

Gisela

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

@Tressa - Jamil Ghar Team, hello again, my coworkers love it! They kept saying how yummy it was. I came back tonight to let you know and also to send this recipe with one of the nurses I work with. Thanks again. 😊

Tressa - Jamil Ghar Team

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

Oh my gosh, yes! I am so glad you enjoyed it! You will have to let me know what your coworker think. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

Flor

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Looks delicious and easy to prepare!

Tressa - Jamil Ghar Team

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Thank you for taking a moment to leave a comment. Be sure to let us know what you think when you try it :)