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Peruvian Chicken with Traditional Green Sauce

This Peruvian Chicken is freaking amazing, thanks to the green chile and cilantro sauce. It is guaranteed to become one of your favorites!
Cuisine Peruvian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 582kcal
Author CookingTheGlobe


For the chicken:

  • 3 1/2 - 4 lb (1.5-2kg) whole chicken
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

For the Aji Verde sauce:

  • 3 jalapeño chiles , roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • The chicken. Butterfly the chicken according to these instructions. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). In a small bowl, combine the cumin, paprika, garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper, and oil and spread the mixture all over the chicken. Line a baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack on it. Put the chicken on it and roast until the thickest part of the breast registers 145°F (60°C), for about 40 minutes. Carve the chicken and serve.
  • The sauce. Combine all the ingredients except the oil in a blender and blend until smooth. With the blender running, add the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!


Calories: 582kcal