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This Peruvian Chicken is roasted whole in the oven, and served with the most incredible green dipping sauce. 

Oven roasted Peruvian chicken on a platter

Pollo a la Brasa is an incredible Peruvian dish of roasted chicken served with a mayonnaise based sauce. If you want to get truly authentic, this dish was traditionally made over fire, and you can absolutely use this recipe to cook the chicken on your grill over indirect heat. We love the convenience of roasting, and decided to write this recipe specifically for roasting so you can enjoy it even without a grill. Let’s face it, the roasting pan is pretty dang convenient.

Peruvian chicken is traditionally enjoyed with a green sauce made with Aji Amarillo paste, a spicy yellow pepper paste. Now, that isn’t exactly something you can generally find in your local grocery store. You can always order it from Amazon, or you can simply omit it and have a completely Americanized version. You will be blown away by how much you love these flavors!

  • How do I prep a whole chicken? 

    No need to be nervous about prepping a whole chicken. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll feel like a pro in no time!

    • If you tend to keep your chicken in the freezer, make sure to remove it and let it thaw in the fridge. Expect it to take at least 24 hours per 5 pounds of chicken and plan accordingly.

    • With your thawed chicken, make sure to remove any giblets or any other innards. Sometimes they come in a tiny bag inside of the cavity, sometimes they are loose and not in a bag, and sometimes they just don’t come with any. It all depends on the brand.

    • Current food safety recommendations are that you not wash your chicken. Do pat it dry so that your seasoning will stick. 

  • Aji-Amarillo Paste

    Aji-amarillo paste is made from aji-amarillo peppers, a hot yellow pepper native to Peru. If you are not located somewhere with access to Peruvian ingredients, you can purchase it on Amazon. For subsctituions, you can use 1 whole pepperoncini or 1 habanero which have similar flavor profiles.

  • Tips for Basting:

    No one likes dry chicken, so basting is key to a juicy bird. Grab your turkey baster and use those juices to pour on top every 20-30 minutes as you are able. This does not need to be a high maintenance dish, so do not stress if you miss a basting. Basting 2 to 3 times while roasting should be enough. Pro tip: every time you open the oven, it loses heat. Be sure not to keep that oven open for too long while basting or you’ll slow down the cooking time.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other amazing chicken recipes:

A piece of oven roasted Peruvian chicken being dipped into green sauce

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Oven roasted Peruvian chicken on a platter
This Peruvian Chicken is roasted whole in the oven, and served with the most incredible green dipping sauce. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Ingredients

Chicken

  • 3 to 4 pound whole chicken
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons butter optional

Peruvian Green Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro loosely packed
  • 1 to 2 jalapenos
  • 1 tablespoons aji Amarillo paste*
  • 2 tablespoons grated cotija cheese**
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Instructions

For the Chicken

  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place the chicken on a roasting pan rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, sugar, pepper, and oregano. Use your fingers to loosen the skin around each end opening. Spoon some of the spice mixture under the skin so the flavors get in direct contact with the meat. Brush the outside of the chicken with some of the mixture as well. Optional, use kitchen string to tie the drumsticks together.
  • Roast in the 475 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Continue roasting until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees, about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Baste the chicken periodically for maximum moisture.
  • Let chicken rest for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting and serving. Serve hot with Peruvian Dipping Sauce.

Peruvian Green Dipping Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Puree. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Notes
*If you don’t have aji Amarillo paste, you can substitute 1 whole pepperoncini instead or 1 habanero which have similar flavor profiles. 
**For the cotija cheese, grated parmesan cheese is also an acceptable substitute. 

Nutrition

Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1288mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 647IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main
Cuisine: Peruvian
Keyword: Peruvian Chicken
Oven roasted Peruvian chicken on a platter
This Peruvian Chicken is roasted whole in the oven, and served with the most incredible green dipping sauce. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Ingredients

Chicken

  • 3 to 4 pound whole chicken
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons butter optional

Peruvian Green Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro loosely packed
  • 1 to 2 jalapenos
  • 1 tablespoons aji Amarillo paste*
  • 2 tablespoons grated cotija cheese**
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Instructions

For the Chicken

  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place the chicken on a roasting pan rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, sugar, pepper, and oregano. Use your fingers to loosen the skin around each end opening. Spoon some of the spice mixture under the skin so the flavors get in direct contact with the meat. Brush the outside of the chicken with some of the mixture as well. Optional, use kitchen string to tie the drumsticks together.
  • Roast in the 475 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Continue roasting until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees, about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Baste the chicken periodically for maximum moisture.
  • Let chicken rest for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting and serving. Serve hot with Peruvian Dipping Sauce.

Peruvian Green Dipping Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Puree. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Notes
*If you don't have aji Amarillo paste, you can substitute 1 whole pepperoncini instead or 1 habanero which have similar flavor profiles. 
**For the cotija cheese, grated parmesan cheese is also an acceptable substitute. 

Nutrition

Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1288mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 647IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main
Cuisine: Peruvian
Keyword: Peruvian Chicken
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Jeff Evans
May 21, 2020 10:57 am

5 stars
I made this once already and was outstanding! Key question — i am making it again but the Chicken is large — about 8 lb. What does that do for oven time?

Kim
April 25, 2020 8:00 am

5 stars
This was delicious! I made the sauce with the pepperoni in and Parmesan and it came out great!
Thanks Rachel! Keep those recipes coming!

Brenda Taylor Johnson
August 12, 2020 6:04 am

5 stars
We had this dish in San Francisco at a Peruvian Restaurant years ago. So glad to have found this site with the recipe for Peruvian chicken. What a great way to roast chicken. I rubbed the lime and spices all over the chicken and refrigerated for six hours before roasting. Slow grill/roasting made the flavors really taste just like SF. The sauce was so different and delicious. I served this dish with steamed broccoli with lemon zest and the sauce is so good with the broccoli too. Really a delicious dish!

Diane
February 13, 2021 4:54 pm

Made it as you have it . It was delicious and that skin and dipping sauce is fabulous!
Thank you for this wonderful recipe

Jennifer Lansdon
February 2, 2021 8:42 pm

5 stars
This chicken and sauce is so, so good!! My family could not stop eating it, 4 and 6 year old included. I substituted the pepperocini and Parmesan as suggested if you didn’t have all the ingredients. I also did not read the recipe through and never basted 🤦🏽‍♀️ And it was still amazing! Definitely recommend and that sauce could go on anything!

Mary Tognazzini
February 1, 2021 12:02 pm

I WAS GIVIN A STAND SIMILAR TO A BEER CAN METHOD. NOW I HAVE THE RECIPE TO TRY IT.YUM.

Shirlyne joseph
January 25, 2021 7:32 pm

Omg this was delicious. Taste like the chicken i get from the Peruvian restaurant. I had all the ingredients in the fridge except lime so I bought some. Will definitely make again. I didnt try the sauce

Lindsay Brumbelow
January 19, 2021 4:36 pm

Came out great. Added the lime zest and some soy sauce to the rub.

Larene
January 9, 2021 9:59 pm

5 stars
I made this fir my friends bday dinner and it was DELICIOUS! Everyone loved it. The chicken was so flavorful and fall of the bone tender. The sauce is so yummy but was a bit too spicy for the kids. Almost too spicy for me but it is just tame enough when you’re eat it with the chicken. The beat thing is it really wasn’t l complicated at all! It will be a regular meal in my house from now on.

Erin
August 5, 2020 10:43 pm

5 stars
This recipe is awesome! It’s almost as good as the chicken from authentic Peruvian restaurants! I followed it exactly as written, except for the pepper paste. I also sliced up some red potatoes and roasted them in the same pan w/the chicken. So good! Definitely a keeper. Oh, and I recommend doubling the recipe for the green sauce – it’s that good!

Theresa
April 2, 2020 2:58 pm

Will this taste o.k. without the dipping sauce?

April 3, 2020 10:27 am
Reply to  Theresa

Yes, the chicken on its own is still delicious!

Tony Girard
February 28, 2021 11:10 am
Reply to  Theresa

I’ve made it twice and it’s delicious! Going to make it again and with the sauce!

March 18, 2020 11:39 pm

5 stars
I’ve had this at lots of restaurants and I love it. I will try this but am sure I will still prefer to buy it ready cooked!

Carole
April 2, 2020 5:07 pm

4 stars
I just made it for supper great recipe. Easy just like the restaurant thank you for sharing

Liliana Correa
March 8, 2020 11:07 am

5 stars
Mmmmm delicioso !!!

March 20, 2016 4:27 pm

Just made it, not bad.

March 10, 2016 7:46 pm

Oh! amazing recipe!

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