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Oven roasted Peruvian chicken on a platter
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Oven Roasted Peruvian Chicken

This Peruvian Chicken is roasted whole in the oven, and served with the most incredible green dipping sauce. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Peruvian
Keyword: Peruvian Chicken
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 390kcal

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.

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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