Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce
This Peruvian Inspired Chicken with Green Sauce has become my go to chicken dish that works just as well for weeknight dinner as it does for feeding a big crowd. The chicken is marinated in a blend of spices, baked until tender and served with a creamy green sauce that’s packed with jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice. This recipe is Whole30, Paleo, Keto, Grain Free, Gluten Free and Dairy Free.
WHY YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THESE PERUVIAN CHICKEN THIGHS?
- It’s my go to chicken marinade that I make every week! It’s not too spicy, full of flavour and is great to have cooked in the fridge for quick meals.
- The combination of spiced chicken and refreshing sauce is a match made in heaven!
- This recipe is incredibly adaptable, you can adjust the quantities of spice depending on what you prefer
- This peruvian chicken works just as well for weeknight dinner as it does for feeding a big crowd. Everyone always raves about how tasty it is.
WHAT IS PERUVIAN CHICKEN?
Peruvian Chicken (aka Pollo a la Brasa) is traditionally made by coating a whole chicken in spices and roasting it over and open fire. The chicken is served with a green sauce (called Aji Verde Sauce) that is mayonnaise based and made using a chili called Aji Amarillo but unfortunately it can be difficult to find. For this Peruvian inspired chicken recipe I used chicken thighs in place of a whole chicken which is baked in the oven and for the green sauce a jalapeno is used for spice.
WHAT SPICES ARE USED FOR THIS CHICKEN?
The spices in this marinade are a combination of warm spices and herbs. The marinade is made with the following spices:
Oregano: I recommend using dried oregano rather than fresh
Paprika: You can use basic paprika or smoked paprika
Cayenne: If you don’t have cayenne, chili powder would also work
Garlic Powder and Onion Powder
Thyme: Fresh or dried works. 1 tsp dried thyme equals 3 tsp of chopped fresh thyme
HOW SPICY IS THE PERUVIAN CHICKEN?
This chicken is only mildly spicy. Feel free to add in more cayenne if you like the chicken with more of a kick to it.
HOW LONG SHOULD THE CHICKEN MARINATE?
I recommend leaving the chicken to marinate overnight for the best flavour. If you are short on time don’t stress, the chicken cooks in the spices so it will still have a lot of flavour. Due to the acid in the marinade (lemon juice) do not leave the chicken to marinate for longer than 24 hours, after which point the acid will cause the meat to become mushy and stringy.
CAN I USE OTHER CUTS OF CHICKEN?
Definitely! I love the flavour of chicken thighs, but chicken breasts would work well too! You could also use bone in cuts of chicken such as drumsticks or done in thighs although the cook time will need to be longer. I recommend the following cook times:
Boneless Breasts: 25 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Drumsticks: 40 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Bone in Thighs: 45 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit
WHAT TYPE OF BAKING DISH SHOULD I USE?
I recommend using a baking dish approximately 7 x 11 inches in size so the thighs can snuggly fit without overlapping.
CAN I COOK THIS ON THE BBQ?
Absolutely! I recommend cooking the chicken on the bbq on medium high heat for 5 minutes per side. Brush the chicken thighs with any excess marinade while it cooks for maximum flavour. If you are unsure about whether the chicken is cooked through, I recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
WHAT’S IN THE GREEN SAUCE?
This green sauce is light and refreshing and delicious paired with the spiced Peruvian Chicken. It can quickly be made by combining everything in a blender and blending until smooth. You can make this sauce a day or two in advance and set aside in the fridge until it’s ready to serve. This sauce is made with 5 ingredients, but feel free to adjust the quantities of ingredients depending on how spicy/zesty/herby you like.
Mayonnaise: You can use homemade or store bought. If you have an egg allergy feel free to use vegan mayonnaise or toum
Jalapeno: One jalapeno gives this sauce a good kick of spice. Feel free to add 2 jalapenos if you like it spicy, or use only half and remove the seeds if you would like it to be mild.
Lime Juice: If you don’t have lime juice, you can use lemon juice in its place
Garlic: Use a clove or garlic, nothing from a jar!
Cilantro: I absolutely love cilantro but I know that some people can’t stand the taste (genetics cause this!) so if you prefer, parsley can be used instead.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS CHICKEN
This Peruvian Chicken can be served with just about anything! I love eating it with a big salad like this Creamy Kale salad or this Classic Coleslaw or my personal favourite is with a big Caesar Salad. You can also serve it with grilled veggies such as asparagus, zucchini or eggplant.
WHAT ABOUT LEFTOVERS?
Leftover Peruvian Chicken will last for up to 4 days in the fridge or can be frozen for up to 3 months. Allow frozen chicken to thaw in the fridge and then reheat it in the oven at 400 degrees for 8 minutes until warmed through. The sauce will last for 4 days in the fridge.
Here are a few more easy chicken recipes that you might enjoy:
- Seared Chicken Thighs in Garlic & Herb Sauce
- Sun-dried Tomato Marinated Chicken
- Honey Mustard Chicken
- Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken
- Grilled Chicken with an Easy Spiced Marinade
If you make this recipe let me know in the comment section below, I would love to hear what you think or take a photo and tag me (@everylastbite_) on Instagram, I love seeing your photos!
Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce
- 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (approx 8-10 thighs)
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 1 1/2 tbsp paprika
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 cup cilantro
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- Place the chicken thighs in a ziploc bag. In a bowl whisk together all of the ingredients from garlic to olive oil. Pour the marinade over the chicken and place in the fridge to marinate for a minimum of 2 hours and ideally overnight.
- To make the sauce, in a blender combine all of the ingredients for the green sauce and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange the chicken thighs in a 7 x 11 inch baking dish and pour any of the excess marinade from the bag overtop. Place the chicken in the oven to bake for 15 minutes, after 15 minutes flip the chicken over and cook for another 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through (should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit). Serve the chicken with the green sauce on the side