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Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken with Green Sauce

5 stars based on 196 votes

This is my take on Pollo a la Brasa, the delicious spit-roasted chicken made popular by so many Peruvian restaurants. The chicken is first marinated in olive oil, lime juice, garlic and spices, and then oven-roasted until tender, juicy and crisp-skinned. The accompanying green sauce, which gets its color from cilantro and jalapeño peppers, is spicy, creamy and downright addictive. You can put it on virtually everything, and it even makes a fabulous dip or salad dressing.

Before we get to the recipe, a few words on buying a whole chicken. In the poultry department, you’re likely to find birds labeled “broilers,” “roasters” and “fryers.” These labels are based on the weight of the bird, and are meant to suggest a method of cooking. This recipe calls for a four pound chicken, which is typically considered a “fryer.” This might seem strange since we’re roasting but don’t worry about it — all of these chickens can be used in recipes interchangeably.

Begin by making the marinade. Combine the lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, paprika, cumin, and oregano in a blender or mini food processor.

Blend until smooth.

Using your fingers or a wooden spoon, loosen the skin over the breasts and legs of the chicken.

Spoon 2/3 of the marinade under the skin.

And rub the rest over top. Place the chicken in a bowl and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and set the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. I like to tuck the wings underneath the bird and tie the legs together so the bird hold its shape.

Roast the chicken for 20 minutes, until the skin is golden, and then turn the heat down to 375 degrees and roast for about an hour and ten minutes more. Let the chicken rest, covered with foil, for about 20 minutes before carving.

While the chicken marinates, make the green sauce (recipe adapted from the Serious Eats Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt).

Simply combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeños, garlic, lime juice salt and pepper in a blender or food processor.

And process until smooth. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. It will seem thin at first but, don’t worry, it will thicken up as it sits.

Keep in mind that the heat in the sauce comes from the ribs and seeds in the jalapeño peppers. I use about half of the seeds and ribs for a medium-hot sauce. If you’re worried about the heat, you can always leave them out at first and then blend them in to taste. (Also, be sure to wash your hands well after handling hot peppers, and do not touch your eyes while working with them.)

Transfer the sauce to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish the sauce with a sprig cilantro, if desired, and serve with the roasted chicken.

Note: The green sauce in this recipe is adapted from one of my favorite columns, the Serious Eats Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. 

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Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken with Green Sauce

Servings: 4
Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Total Time: 2 Hours, plus at least 6 hours marinating time


For the Chicken

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, from 2 limes
  • 4 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 pound whole chicken

For the Green Sauce

  • 3 jalapeño chili peppers, seeded if desired (I use about half the seeds for a medium-hot sauce), and roughly chopped (see note)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann's
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, from one lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


For the Chicken

  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the chicken in a blender or mini food processor, and blend until smooth. Remove the giblets from the inside of the chicken and pat the outside of the chicken dry with paper towels; place in a bowl, breast side up with the legs facing you. Using the handle of a wooden spoon or your fingers, loosen the skin from the flesh over the breasts and legs, being careful not to tear the skin or push all the way through (you want the marinade to stay inside the bird). Spoon about 2/3 of the marinade evenly underneath the skin, and spread the remaining 1/3 evenly over the skin. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position, and preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil for easy clean-up. Spray a rack (preferably a v-shape) with non-stick cooking spray and place the chicken on top. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. Roast for 20 minutes, until the skin is golden. Turn the heat down to 375 degrees, and continue to roast for about an hour and ten minutes more, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and thigh. (Keep an eye on it -- if it's browning too quickly, cover it loosely with foil.) Tent the chicken with foil and let rest for about 20 minutes. Tilt the chicken over the roasting pan to release the juices, then transfer to a cutting board. Carve the chicken and serve with green sauce.

For the Green Sauce

  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a blender or food processor and blend into a smooth sauce. With the motor running, open lid and slowly drizzle in olive oil. It will seem very runny at this point but, don't worry, it will thicken up as it sits. Transfer the sauce to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Note: Be sure to wash your hands well after handling hot peppers, and do not touch your eyes while working with them.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    THis was delicious! The bf can’t stop raving about it! So easy to make. I marinated the chicken overnight and man was it flavorful!

    - Julie on October 9, 2017 Reply
  • I cook many of Jen’s recipes all of which are wonderful. However, this chicken dish with green sauce is over the top delicious and always a hit with guests. My only change is that I prefer to use already cut up chicken pieces rather than whole children when preparing as it makes serving and leftovers so much easier.

    - Danielle on September 18, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was so GOOD!! We didn’t use a whole chicken, just chicken thighs…still good. Next time I will cut back on the mayonnaise and sour cream a bit and I think it will be closer to the Peruvian restraunts we are addicted to.

    - John on September 15, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is definitely a family favorite. It makes alot of sauce, so I use the leftover sauce by mixing it with a little sour cream and it is a very light & refreshing dip to use for chips or vegetables.

    - Angela on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is truly my favorite roast chicken recipe (and I’ve tried dozens, even Ina’s!!). I’ve made it with and without the green sauce, as my family loves it as is, because it’s so flavorful and moist. Definitely marinate overnight to allow all the wonderful citrus, garlic, and spices to permeate the meat. I’ve added a pinch (or two) of cayenne to bump up the spiciness and have substituted honey for the sugar on occasion. This pairs well with any side dish, but I’ve made it with the cauliflower fried rice (also a winner!) and love that combination. Why buy a store-bought rotisserie chicken when, by making this recipe, you can fill your home with the fabulous aroma of roast chicken and then enjoy the moistest and most flavorful dish?

    - Kim Nurick on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is one of my all-time favorite recipes. Instead of the whole chicken, I use boneless chicken thighs (skin on) and sear them in my cast iron pan first before baking. I’m not a fan of sour cream so I use a different green sauce recipe. Aside from that, this recipe is perfect. I cut up the chicken to make Peruvian tacos and my family can’t stop eating it!

    - Therese on September 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I like this recipe a lot, I do use lemons in replace of the traditional limes as my family is extremely fussy. In addition I also add some peppermint leafs and jalapeno pepper for the chicken marinade and always marinade overnight. Quite Delicious.

    - Jessica on September 13, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Great recipe. Lots of flavor in the chicken. I marinated it for two days only because things came up and didn’t get to cook it. Breast meat were still moist. My Peruvian husband loved it….tasted just as he remembered. He did suggest that I buy huacatay leaves next time for the sauce.

    - Donna on September 13, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My neighbor made this for me and I thought it was the best chicken and sauce I have ever eaten. I tried it and did not follow exactly and mine was good but not as good. I have passed this one to others and have made it many times since again the best flavors melded together of any recipe I have had.

    - Smoaky Smoak on September 8, 2017 Reply
  • I have2 packs of split breasts (2) and drumsticks (4) which I am using this marinade for. How would I adjust the roasting times or temps for this? Thanks!

    - Mary on July 27, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Mary, Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and roast for 35-40 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown. Turn the heat down to 375 degrees; continue to roast for 15-20 minutes more, or until done. It should be done in less than an hour- be careful not overcook. (Also, place the chicken pieces on a rack so the skin crisps up.) Enjoy!

      - Jenn on July 27, 2017 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Thank you! I came on to search for this very answer. =)

        - Katie on July 31, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made it with chicken breasts w/bone instead of a whole chicken. Still tasted great. The green sauce was could have had more cilantro. Overall keeping the recipes.

    - Roy on July 26, 2017 Reply
  • If making two whole chickens what would be the timing and temp for the oven?

    - Mary on July 26, 2017 Reply
    • Or would it be easier to do on breast and thighs (2 chickens worth )

      - Mary on July 26, 2017 Reply
      • Hi Mary, you could do that too. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and roast for 35-40 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown. Turn the heat down to 375 degrees; continue to roast for 15-20 minutes more, or until done. Chicken should be done in less than an hour; do not overcook.

        - Jenn on July 27, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Mary, the timing and temperature of the oven would remain the same for 2 chickens. Just make sure the chickens are not too crowded in there and that there’s enough room for the hot air to circulate around both of them.

      - Jenn on July 27, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is spot on. We recently went to Peru in January 2017 and this recipe brought us right back. They use green sauce on literally everything (we love it on simple salads with greens, avocados, tomatoes, and beets) and I could have bathed in it. I hate leftovers but cannot wait to eat this chicken again today. Absolute perfection Jenn!

    - Erin Putnam on July 21, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The Peruvian chicken was over the top crazy good. Be sure to make extra green sauce. You can use it on other food items, e.g. pork tenderloin. I did not add all the jalapeno at once. I tasted the sauce and added the chopped peppers slowly. Also, once I was done lifting the skin from the chicken, I put it head side down in a gallon size Ziplock and then added the marinade. My company said they never had chicken this tasty and tender. My husband loved the green sauce and he is not fond of cilantro, go figure. Thanks for a great recipe Jenn. Can’t wait for your cookbook!

    - Patti Kiernan on July 20, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made for a group of healthy eaters and everyone went wild! Marinated boneless, skinless chicken pieces in the sauce overnight and cooked it covered in the oven. Green sauce–for jalapeños used most of seeds and membrane. Used light Hellman’s Mayo and nonfat, plain Fage instead of sour cream. Was very hot so I added the entire 6 oz. container of Fage–still pretty hot but good b/c this crowd likes it that way. The pickiest eater in the group literally sat down, took one bite and said: “WOW! Is this GOOD!” Everyone said chicken and incredible sauce went perfectly with the Mexican rice. They were still raving when they left hours later. Another huge hit, Jenn! You are a genius! Thanks so much!!!

    - Diane E. Sorensen on July 19, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Awesome! The chicken was soooooo tasty that I and my family couldn’t stop eating it. I used a four pound pack of drumsticks instead and it was exactly enough. I added a 1/4 teaspoon more of the oregano to bring the flavor out a little more but all in all this recipe is perfection!

    - Val on June 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love this! I make this at least once a month. I cook it in my rotisserie oven and it comes out perfect every time.

    - J.L on June 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have made this recipe several times and it is always great. I add a little more salt to the chicken. But the sauce/dip makes the chicken taste absolutely wonderful. The chicken is always juicy. Thanks Jenn.

    - Kim R on May 11, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This dish has become a staple at my house. The flavors are captured perfectly. It is so loved that people always ask for the recipe after they have eaten it.

    - Darlene Bondoc on May 11, 2017 Reply
  • Can’t wait to make the Peruvian chicken. What side dishes would you suggest?
    Also want to mention how much I love your recipes! I made your shrimp with green curry and the family loved it. It’s great to try something new with excellent odds on them being VERY good! Thank you!!!!

    - Joan sporn on May 7, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Joan, So happy you’re having success with the recipes! This is one of my absolute faves – if you click on the “pair with” tab, you’ll find some suggested sides. Hope you enjoy it!

      - Jenn on May 7, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this yesterday for dinner and we absolutely loved it. The chicken was very moist and flavourful and the sauce was amazing. I have been putting the leftover sauce on just about everything. So delicious. Thanks Jennifer for another keeper recipe!

    - Beverly Kloppenburg on May 1, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This takes awhile to make but it is definitely worth the effort. My daughters declared it to be their new favorite meal! Green sauce is a great accompaniment.

    - Shari darling on April 27, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    So easy so delicious

    - jackie perdomo on April 17, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is hands down the best recipe I’ve found on the internet. I wish I could find another home run recipe like this. I can’t think of any other dish I’d want to host with, but I can only serve Peruvian chicken so many times a month!

    - Eugenia on April 10, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wow. This recipe truly deserves 5 stars. The chicken was bursting with flavour and the green sauce complimented it very well.

    - Christine on March 24, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I marinated boneless skinless chicken thighs and baked them. Although the chicken very good the real hit was the green sauce. My 21-year old son asked for the recipe (a first!). I’ll be making this recipe again soon.

    - Carolyn on March 2, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I prefer to use cut up chicken. Makes serving a snap.

    - Danielle M Werchowsky on March 2, 2017 Reply
    • How do you change the cooking times for cut up chicken – and how much cut up chicken /what parts did you use

      - Mary on July 27, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Simply amazing. I didn’t have a whole chicken so I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and grilled them. Right now my husband is using the leftover green sauce as a chip dip, it’s that good.

    - Sandi H on February 19, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Good lord this was tasty.

    I made grilled wings instead of a whole chicken. I marinated for 24 hours and grilled at ~300 degrees for about 7 minutes on each side (turned a lot of tiny wings). I made extra marinade/sauce to baste the wings with.

    The green sauce was fantastic for dipping. Like many others here I could probably slather it on just about anything. Kind of like a jalapeno / cilantro ranch … Except better.

    It was a meal where I didn’t bother stopping to wipe my face because I knew I’d just be stuffing my face with more wings. I looked like I’d been punched in the mouth with a glove covered in marinade. Which (naturally) turned my wife on.

    - Dave on February 19, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe was amazing – the sort of food I absolutely love to eat! Crisp, skin on the outside, and tender and very moist within. My husband called the skin an ‘explosion of flavours’.
    The green sauce really makes a nice touch as well. This chicken is special enough to serve to guests with some baked sweet potatoes wedges and green beans to complete the meal.

    - Jaye on February 15, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is COMPANY chicken at it’s finest. The recipe can be easily converted to Gluten Free, simply by subbing in GF soy sauce.

    I made this using chicken pieces, so instead of placing the marinade under the skin, I simply marinated and cooked until done. The 6 hour minimum time is not necessary. 2 hours will give good results.

    Jenn is 100% correct when she raves about the Green Sauce. My household cannot get enough of it, and is putting it on everything from salads, to sandwiches, even sticking fingertips into the container to lick.

    - Laura D. on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Omg! A neighbor made this and I could not wait to make it!!! We love this recipe!

    - TSR on February 13, 2017 Reply
  • Thank you for making my life easier and healthy.

    - cleotilde Nunez on February 13, 2017 Reply
    • My pleasure :)!

      - Jenn on February 13, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Makes amazing chicken wings! I used to this marinade on 6 pounds of chicken wings. Marinated them overnight and then baked them on a rack over a cookie sheet at 400° for 50 minutes flipping halfway through. Served with the sauce on the side for dipping for a party last night. It was a HUGE hit!
    Thanks for the inspiration Jenn!!

    - Jules Ell on February 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was fantastic. I just recently moved from DC and this reminds me of the local Peruvian spot I used to go to in a Silver Spring, MD. Thanks for the recipe!

    - Kiara on February 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was amazing! We used the marinade on grilled chicken breasts and we will be making it again soon! The green sauce is delicious too and we ended up using it on everything on our plates. Thank you!

    - Cara on February 4, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this tonight and it was a hit! The sauce was delicious but the marinade alone makes this recipe special. This will go into my weekly rotation.

    - Wendy Montemayor on February 1, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The food of kings. My mouth began to water this morning when I mentioned to my husband my meal last night of this unmatchable recipe. The complex, intriguing and delightful flavors performed a symphony in my mouth. I had always heard of food melting in your mouth, well this chicken did just that. I simply am unable to stop thinking about that five star repast. Incredible! Bravo, Jennifer! Thank you.

    - Sarah on February 1, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I don’t know what to rave about more – the chicken or the sauce – they’ve both fabulous!!! We used chicken thighs – and stuffed most of the marinade under the skin – baked at 380 for 45 minutes and put the grill on for about 10 to crispen up the skin – to die for – best chicken ever!!! As other people have said, the sauce is so versatile and so tasty! My husband asked if we could have it again the next night. We’re going to prepare a quantity of the chicken and freeze it as it gets closer to BBQ weather, we think it’ll be great BBQ’d.

    Thanks you Jennifer for another great recipe!

    - Leslie on January 31, 2017 Reply
    • FYI – the frozen chicken lost a lot of the flavour, so, won’t be trying that again. But the original recipe is brilliant!!!

      - Leslie on March 9, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious! I found separating the skin from the chicken harder than I expected. But I persevered and got it done. I think I would make half the sauce next time — it tastes great, just made much more than we needed. (I also made a gravy using the pan drippings, a little bit of cornstarch and a splash of white wine.) Thanks for another fantastic recipe!

    - Rachel on January 31, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Thank you for this recipe. I’ve been really enjoying your recipes. My husband and I really enjoyed it and the sauce was delicious; however, are you supposed to warm the sauce or have it reach room temperature before serving? although the taste of the sauce was outstanding, we felt the sauce was too cold to go with the hot chicken.

    - Nancy Alfaro on January 30, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Nancy, while I think most use it chilled (kind of like ketchup would be from the fridge), you could certainly bring it to room temperature first if you prefer.

      - Jenn on January 31, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made a quick version with chicken breast cut into large strips and cooked on a cast iron grill pan, absolutely delicious, keeper!

    - Letty on January 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Yum!!! You’ve done it again, Once Upon a Chef!!! This was amazing. I had to leave the sugar out for diet, and was still delicious. I even totally messed up by forgetting to turn the temp down after 20 min (so cooked 1 hr on 425, 20 min on 350.) Still yummy (though maybe a bit drier in the white parts.) (Wouldn’t recommend.) But just goes to show this recipe is basically foolproof! 🙂

    - jds342000 on January 30, 2017 Reply
  • How can I modify this recipe so I can use a chicken that is already cut up rather than whole?

    - Nitza on January 29, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Nitza, you could handle the prep in the same way. For adjustments to baking, you can follow the instructions used in this chicken recipe. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on January 30, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jenn,

    Thank you for all your amazing recipes!
    You make us nervous cooks look great!
    For a time saver can I just marinate the chicken pieces and not put under the skin?
    I have not tried this recipe but I still gave you 5 stars!
    Thanks again!!!

    - Cheryl on January 29, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Cheryl- glad you like the recipes :). Getting the rub under the skin helps to really permeate the meat with flavor so if possible I’d do that, but it will still be good if you marinate it in a bowl or bag.

      - Jenn on January 29, 2017 Reply
  • Could you use boneless chicken thighs?

    - Rebeccca Rivers on January 29, 2017 Reply
    • Yes- several readers have commented that they’ve used boneless thighs and have been happy with the result. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on January 29, 2017 Reply
  • I want to try this with chicken pieces. How important is it to rub the marinade under the skin rather than just marinading pieces in a bag?

    - Esty on January 29, 2017 Reply
    • Getting the rub under the skin helps to really permeate the meat with flavor, but it will still be good if you marinate it in a bowl or bag.

      - Jenn on January 29, 2017 Reply
  • In making Peruvian chicken can you use skin on bone in chicken breasts. Would the temperature and time change in cooking method?

    - FBH on January 29, 2017 Reply
    • Hi FBH, Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and roast for 35-40 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown. Turn the heat down to 375 degrees; continue to roast for 15-20 minutes more, or until done. Chicken should be done in less than an hour; do not overcook.

      - Jenn on January 29, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Marinated overnight, then smoked @ 185 for 5.5 – 6 hours. Excellent!

    - Steve Personius on January 27, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The husband and teenagers said this was one of my best dinners ever. A bit time consuming but worth it!!

    - Michelle on January 23, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Great recipe!!! I add a shallot to the recipe for the marinade and I’ve now used it for wings. I butcher the wings and throw it straight into a freezer bag and let it sit overnight with the marinade. 4 lbs of wings at a time and grill them over a propane grill. Thanks!!!

    - Dave on January 7, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is so outstanding. I have extra sauce, and was wondering if it would freeze well.

    - Karen on January 2, 2017 Reply
    • Glad you enjoyed it! Unfortunately, with the mayo and sour cream, I don’t think the sauce would freeze well– sorry!

      - Jenn on January 5, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Best chicken ever…this is usual rotation in our house! Thanks Jenny!

    - Julie from Burnaby, BC on December 9, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Omg!!!!! This peruvian chicken with green sauce is so incredibly juicy and delicious!
    As stated, you will want to eat this green sauce with everything! The chicken is so flavorful and juicy. Thank you. : )

    - Helen on December 6, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’m very much looking forward to trying the Peruvian Chicken and the Sweet Potato Chipotle as a side dish. Your website is really awesome! Every one of your recipes that I’ve tried has been a big hit.

    I think I will modify your Peruvian Chicken recipe and cook it in my Big Green Egg, which makes everything taste better!

    I’m giving it five stars because I know we’re going to love it.
    Chuck Cairns

    - Chuck Cairns on December 1, 2016 Reply
    • Thanks for the nice words about the recipes- so glad you like them. Hope you enjoyed the chicken!

      - Jenn on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was my intro to this site, and it is my go-to company chicken now. Absolutely delicious.

    - robin b on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I may never make another kind of roasted chicken again! My 3 (grown) sons devour this each time I make it. The green sauce is divine–creamy with a nice kick. The recipe makes a LOT of green sauce, but I’ve used the leftover with steamed vegetables and also with fish. I make the recipe completely as-is with no changes. Delicious!

    - Kim Nurick on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    What an amazing recipe. I’ve hosted with this recipe several times already and everyone loves it. Now I’m wondering what I should move on to next. I can only make Peruvian chicken so many times!

    - Genie on November 26, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made this several times. Delicious!

    - Sabrina on November 22, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Enjoyed this apple cake very much. I did one and a half times the recipe in a 9″ springform pan which resulted in a two inch high cake. The cooking time added was 5 minutes. Lots of compliments when served with whipped cream and a few fresh raspberries to brighten the dessert plates.

    - Darlene on October 23, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    There is a Peruvian chicken place across from where I work and I love their roasted chicken. I made this recipe last week and WOW. I let it marinade for 2 days (got busy!), and then cooked it flat on a grill instead of in the oven, and got a wonderful crispy skin on the outside. The marinade is just spot on, really exactly what I was looking for. I can’t wait to serve this with Peruvian black beans and rice.

    - Gregory on October 22, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Try pulsing in 1/2 cup of feta cheese in green sauce…delicious addition.

    - Darlene on October 17, 2016 Reply
  • What sides would you serve with this chicken?

    - Tom Young on October 10, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Tom, Because the chicken and sauce have so much flavor, you can keep the sides simple. A simple steamed veggie would be nice– maybe these Green Beans with Shallots. Also, plain brown or white rice would work, or you could try this Mexican Rice Pilaf. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on October 11, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This chicken! This green sauce! Ahh so good! The recipe makes more sauce than needed BUT you’ll be happy you have extra. We dip anything we can in it. My four year old loves it and it’s not spicy, so don’t let the jalapeños scare you. This one is on rotation in my house.

    - Arielle Troiano on October 8, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the most delicious chicken! I am getting ready to make it for the third time. The green sauce is wonderful on leftover chicken and salad.

    - Laura on October 6, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made this several times over the past few years — it’s a wonderful recipe, very easy to make, and absolutely delicious. I typically make it with chicken thighs rather than a whole bird, which makes it easy to make for a crowd.
    Seriously great recipe!

    - Neil on October 6, 2016 Reply
  • How long can the green sauce keep in the refrigerator? I made it in advance to try it out (and it is great) and hope to use it for a dinner in 4 days

    - Andre Stormont on September 21, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Andre, that should be fine; it lasts from 4 to 5 days in the fridge.

      - Jenn on September 22, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made this twice now. Once in the winter in the oven as a whole roasted chicken. And again this past summer, as chicken pieces that I grilled outdoors. Both times it was excellent. And the sauce is amazing! The sauce is great on rice but even better on roasted potatoes. I also shredded some of the chicken and ate it wrapped in flour tortillas, with lettuce, avocado and the sauce. Amazing. Definitely a keeper.

    - Karen D on September 16, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is one fantastic recipe. I followed the directions exactly except for substituting leg/thigh quarters. The green sauce is to die for. I made a double batch and have used it on everything I can think of. I made a mild version because you can always put heat in but you can’t take it back out. Next time I will be adding a little heat and a little more Cilantro. I cut the chicken off the bone, put it on flatbread, poured the green sauce over it and rolled it up to eat. Yummy!

    - Terry on September 7, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    How would I cook this if the chicken was already in pieces?

    - Mila Khanna on September 3, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Mila, Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and roast for 35-40 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown. Turn the heat down to 375 degrees; continue to roast for 15-20 minutes more, or until done. Chicken should be done in less than an hour; do not overcook.

      - Jenn on September 7, 2016 Reply
      • Is this time the same for leg quarters?

        - Erin on September 28, 2016 Reply
        • Yes, it should be.

          - Jenn on September 30, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’m vegan but I loved Peruvian chicken as a carnivore so I decided to adapt this recipe to fit my needs. Just wanted to say that it works wonderfully with chicken style Seitan and there’s no need to marinate! Just slather the marinade on your loaf, wrap it in foil and bake for an hour and a half.

    The green sauce is even easier, you can use the vegan versions of the sour cream and mayo or just use an equivalent amount of cashew cream which is what I did because I can’t tolerate soy.

    Will definitely make this again, and I’ll definitely have to make actual chicken for my meat eating family members because they’re jealous!

    - Kaye on August 22, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Oh my!! Made it for my chicken sauce but this is so good we dipped our pal de queso in it and also our asparagus!!! Can’t wait to have it again. Used just a few seeds, hot but not overly hot! Sooo Good!

    - Carole on August 16, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The marinade was super yummy. I needed to get dinner on the table fast. I had some chicken tenderloins and wanted a quick sauce to cook it in, when I found this recipe. I made a half recipe of the marinade and added a little water. After browning the chicken I poured the marinade over and then simmered. Wow. When I am not so rushed, I want to try the entire recipe. The Green Sauce looks good too.

    - Kimberly on July 19, 2016 Reply
  • Hi Jen,
    Is there a substitute I could use for cumin?
    I plan to make for my husband’s 50th bday, and my mother-in-law cannot tolerate cumin.
    Thank you!

    - Debbie on July 4, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Debbie, I’d suggest chili powder, but may chili powders contain cumin so you’d have to be careful with that. Coriander would work as well, but would give the chicken a different (but still tasty) flavor. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on July 4, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was delicious! The green sauce has become a staple in our house, it’s good on so many things. I slightly altered the green sauce recipe due to dairy issues. Omit the sour cream and add a little more of my homemade mayo (which is creamier than the store bought brands). Amazing! So glad I discovered your site.

    - Gail on July 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My husband and I had just tried Peruvian Chicken on the weekend. The taste from.this recipe was pretty much exactly the same as what we had. Five stars and very easy to put together. Thank you for your recipe. Bookmarking this page for future party ideas.

    - Skittles on June 29, 2016 Reply
  • Can I use chicken thighs and legs only…and how do I adjust oven time and temperature?

    - Kira on June 29, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Kira, Yes, you can use bone-in thighs and legs. You can keep the oven temperature the same, but reduce the cooking time. I’d start checking them at about 50 – 55 minutes.

      - Jenn on June 29, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    WE LOVE this recipe, but today is very hot, and I wanted to grill the thighs instead of doing them in the oven… anyone ever grilled the chicken instead?

    - Sheila on June 26, 2016 Reply
    • Should work beautifully, Sheila. Please let me know how they turn out!

      - Jenn on June 26, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Another 5 star review! One of my top 3 recipes from Once Upon A Chef! Jenn, the green sauce should patented. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    - jen on June 16, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe made the most delicious chicken! I made this last night, using chicken legs and everyone loved it, it’s going in my favorite recipes folder. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical at first because of a few reviews saying that it wasn’t true a Peruvian chicken recipe but we all liked your recipe hands down, over another authentic Peruvian Pollo a la Brasa recipe we also made last night. Definitely restaurant quality! The only change I made to your recipe, was to use honey instead of sugar. My daughter made Roasted Peruvian Potatoes to go with the chicken and your Green Sauce was a perfect match to go with them and the chicken. My son loves guacamole and mixed half of the green sauce, with some guacamole we had made from the day before, I think it’s his new favorite! So glad I stumbled onto your blog, looking forward to trying more of your delicious recipes!

    - Cynthia Vigini on June 16, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I make this recipe all the time! Amazing.

    - Sabrina on June 15, 2016 Reply
  • Can I substitute Lime juice with Lemon juice?

    - Adam on June 15, 2016 Reply
    • Yes Adam, you can use lemon juice successfully here. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on June 16, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you Jen for this awesome recipe! I substituted avocado for the mayo and sour cream and although it was a little thicker it tasted amazing.

    - Tina on June 6, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars


    - Thanos on May 28, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve had Peruvian chicken at a restaurant and love it so I wanted to try and make it at home. Thank you very much for this recipe, it’s easy to follow and unambiguous. I followed all directions except that I cooked the chicken over charcoal. It was excellent and the sauce pushed it over the top. I can’t wait to try some of other recipes!

    - Greg on April 20, 2016 Reply
  • Can the sauce be frozen? I’m thinking not…

    - susan frankel on March 20, 2016 Reply
    • I’ve never tried freezing it so I’m not certain, but you could certainly give it a try.

      - Jenn on March 21, 2016 Reply
  • 1 stars

    I am Peruvian. I’ve been eating Pollo a la brasa since I was a child, I’m in my 30’s. For about 10yrs I ate it weekly on family night in NYC. I’ve since moved out of state and I wanted to find a recipe to make pollo a la brasa at home. This recipe is just oven roasted chicken, I used the exact measurements. I’m so very disappointed it is labeled “Peruvian style”. The “green sauce” gets 2 out of 5 stars. I think the only saving aspect is the fact that it’s the right spicy flavor. I wish the person posting would rename this recipe and remove “Peruvian”.

    - Cheryl on March 2, 2016 Reply
    • 5 stars

      If you have a better recipe please share.

      - Josue on March 20, 2016 Reply
    • 5 stars

      Cheryl, I have to agree with Josue on this. I too have eaten this sauce for at least 30 years and LOVE it. I think it would be an EPIC fail to remove the name Peruvian from it. That’s what it is. If you are Peruvian and have a better recipe, please share it with the group or provide your changes to this recipe. I’m sure Jenn would appreciate your input, other than remove the Peruvian name. That’s how I came across it. Thanks again Jenn!!

      - Doug Myers on June 3, 2016 Reply
    • 1 stars

      I have to agree with you Cheryl. I live in DC & we have great peruvian options. I was exciting about making this @ home. I did not enjoy the recipe. It’s a good baked chicken recipe but Peruvian, no way.

      - Renee on September 18, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was so delicious and easy! I used legs and thighs instead, and I cooked for about 50 minutes. The chicken was so tender, and nice crispy skin. The sauce is insanely good. I made with your Thai Quinoa salad and a side of roasted potatoes and carrots. The only complaint was from my poor husband grumbling there were no leftovers! Thank you Jenn for another great recipe. I am more confident cooking for my friends since finding your website 🙂 Cant wait for your cookbook!

    - Yvonne on February 29, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this and it was delicious. I’m planning to make it again for some friends and was wondering if you could suggest a few side dishes to go along with it?

    - Susan on February 21, 2016 Reply
    • I came here to ask the same question! Especially since I have a vegeterian in the group. Thanks!

      - Yvonne on February 24, 2016 Reply
      • 5 stars

        We usually serve it with sweet potato fries or Spanish rice.

        We make the chicken on the grill beer can style. We use the green sauce on like everything, but I do use less mayo and sour cream.

        - Holly on May 13, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wonderful recipe. Whole family loved everything. Chicken flavor excellent. Green sauce better than my nearest Peruvian restaurant . This recipe is gonna stay with me forever.

    - Jessica on February 17, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Unbelievable!!! Who needs to go out for Pollo La-Brasa! I did not have time to marinate the chicken for the recommended time, so i used legs and thighs an vacuum sealed it for about three hours. That was amazing flavor. I can only imagine what the chicken would taste like if it marinated overnight! Thank you for recipe.

    - Roman on February 16, 2016 Reply
  • I forgot the limes!! 🙁 can I sub for lemons instead? Do you think it will have a big effect on taste? Thanks!!

    - Suki on February 15, 2016 Reply
  • Can you use cut up chicken or drumsticks instead of a whole chicken?

    - Maryb on February 15, 2016 Reply
    • Yes, Mary, that will work — just be sure to place the chicken pieces on a rack to the skin crisps up.

      - Jenn on February 15, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    After moving to Switzerland where good ethnic food is lacking I was looking for a recipe to duplicate one of my favorite dishes from NYC’s Pio Pio. This was AMAZING. And I say this as my chickens are cooking rotisserie style in the oven still. While they were cooking I just tested out the recipe on some chicken legs baked at 425 for 30 minutes. I also made the green sauce (which I can never get enough of) with some healthier ingredients as I was horrified to find out how much fat the real recipe would have me consuming. I subbed sour cream for plain 3.8% fat yoghurt and subbed the mayo for 60% reduced fat Swiss mayo (that tastes just as good as the full fat version and even better than Hellmans). The sauce was delicious and while right now it is a bit runnier than usual, I’m hoping it thickens. If not, next time I will use Greek yogurt instead.

    - Aviva on February 1, 2016 Reply
    • 5 stars

      I would have to agree. Reminded us of Pio Pio as well. This recipe is awesome. I always make this with roasted potatoes and a simple green salad. We could drink the green sauce.

      - Marsha on September 26, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I think this is my favorite chicken recipe ever! And we have been calling the sauce, by itself, “Magical Sauce”. It’s good on eggs, bread, salad, vegetables, other meats (steak for example). This sauce has no limits that I know of. And the chicken alone is wonderful.. Instead of a whole chicken, I used bone-in skin-on thighs as my husband and I are ‘dark meat people’ (we bonded at a dinner when we met over drumsticks and thighs). I mariniated with the marinade under the skin and then cooked them on a rack to get more circulation (same as the whole chicken). I think my total cooking time to reach 165 degrees was about 35 minutes at the stated temperature. Seriously this recipe is super fantastic amazing . Thanks Jenn! You’ve come thru as you always do. Can’t wait for your cookbook!

    - Pam K. on January 22, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wicked good! Everyone, including all kids, LOVED this dish. Made it with just thighs, still tucked the marinade under skin & cooked at high heat. Kids are now fighting over who gets the leftovers for school lunch tomorrow…. a 10/10.

    - Sheila on January 18, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the best chicken!! I have even been making two at a time and using the 2nd for chicken sandwiches to send with everyone for lunches. The green sauce is fantastic with the chicken but also, just plain amazing!!! We have been putting it on everything – as salad dressing, dip for veggies, on tacos, etc…

    - Maria on January 2, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Entire family LOVED this roasted chicken! We followed the recipe and used the seeds from only only jalapeño and it was just the right amount of heat that we like! We tend to eat rather lively dishes. So much flavor and we are using the green sauce in other recipes – tastes yummy with mashed avocado! We will make this dish again!

    - Christine Chippindale on December 30, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    When my daughter came home from college for the holidays, this was one of the first dishes she asked me to make! Our whole family loves this, and my girls love to use any leftover green sauce as a salad dressing. Sometimes I make this with all drumsticks if I need something easier to serve to a group.

    - Sandra Appl on December 29, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I doubled the recipe because I had a larger chicken. I allowed it to marinate for 2 days. LISTEN, I don’t usually care for baked, roasted or rotisserie chicken. However, I found this recipe/site while searching for Perivian Charcoal chicken. My blender gave out on me, but I’d give this recipe a 4.5 star based upon the chicken alone. I’ll bet that sauce would have kicked my rating off of the chart! This is company-worthy. I’m making this again, for sure! Thanks, so much!

    Finally, my husband is hard to please, when it comes to new recipes. He gave this a 4/5 and told me this recipe was a keeper.

    - Kristy on December 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    When your hubby says, “That was the best meal you’ve ever made.” You bookmark it.


    Served a simple cucumber salad and garlic rice and made an easy strawberry, orange, mint dessert.

    - Counselorchick on December 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The sauce you want to drink!! I made the chicken (I made 2 actually) with the green sauce. The chicken was delicious and we had no leftovers. The sauce though was the star. my mother asked if she could just have a straw. Everyone asked me if they could take a little home to eat with salads and sandwiches and nips from the jar. Make a double batch of sauce. Excellent recipe for both chicken and sauce.

    - Sara Landers on December 12, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe was to die for. I passed it on to a co-worker because it came out so good. The recipe calls for a 4 pound roasting chicken but I had a 5 pound one so I just up’d the ingredients just a little bit. I also let the chicken marinate for over 24 hours and that really helped with the flavor. This recipe is a keeper

    - Yvonne D on December 10, 2015 Reply
  • Hi Jenn! Haven’t made this recipe yet but planning on it for a holiday party. 2 Questions:

    What’s the biggest size of chicken you would use for this recipe?
    If I’m traveling with the chicken, can I safely pre-cook it and warm it up again in my friend’s oven without losing the delicious crispiness?

    Thank you for your amazing recipes!!!

    - Fran A. on December 8, 2015 Reply
    • Fran, I think you could use up to a 6 lb. chicken for this, but make sure to add some cooking time to account for the larger size. Also, unfortunately I wouldn’t recommend making this in advance. You will definitely lose the crispiness of the skin.

      - Jenn on December 9, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jenn,
    Fabulous recipe! I’ve made it a dozen times. But I do have a question, does the chicken need to be marinated for 6 hours? I’m short on time today and would like to make this for dinner tonight, any suggestions?

    - Melissa on December 6, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Melissa, It’s best marinated for at least 4 hours but if you’re short on time, the green sauce will still add a lot of flavor.

      - Jenn on December 6, 2015 Reply
  • How will the green sauce taste if I omit the jalapeños?

    - Jasmina p on December 6, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Jasmina, Sure, you can omit the jalapeños if you choose to (or just use less if you’re concerned about the sauce being spicy).

      - Jenn on December 6, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Another great recipe. The green sauce compliments this dish really well. I have made a lot of recipes from this site and have never been disappointed.

    - Sheldon on November 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’d like to use this marinade for our turkey at Thanksgiving. I usually brine the turkety. If I Brine the meat before and then use the marinade, will the meat be too salty.

    - JAG on November 24, 2015 Reply
    • Yes, it would be too salty. I would cut down or eliminate the salt.

      - Jenn on November 25, 2015 Reply
  • Great recipe. It was so good with the chicken that the family wants the thanksgiving turkey done this way. I usually brine my turkey in a vegetable broth, sugar, pepper, allspice and salt mixture. Can I do that and add the marinade in the morning prior to cooking or do I run the risk of it being too salty.

    - James on November 24, 2015 Reply
    • Yes, it would be too salty. I would suggest eliminating the salt in the marinade.

      - Jenn on November 25, 2015 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Thank you. Great advice as I was wondering where to eliminate the salt. This way I get to keep all the amazing flavors from the marinade.

        - JAG on November 25, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Made this chicken exactly to recipe, and it was fantastic! I love Kenji at Serious Eats, but sometimes I need something just a bit easier/quicker to prepare, and Jenn’s fits the bill nicely. Plus everyone loved it (even the kids)!

    - Elizabeth Nickerson on November 24, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi – i’m really curious about adding avocado (making it more guacamole style) to the sauce.

    Any thoughts on how to do this?

    - Leigh McKenzie on November 23, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Leigh, hard to say for sure because I’ve never tried it that way, but avocado sounds like a tasty addition. Keep in mind that it will definitely thicken up the sauce so it may be more of a “spread.” -Jenn

      - Jenn on November 24, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The green sauce was so good. Tasted just like the sauce I get at my favorite Peruvian restaurant

    - Angela on November 23, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    LOVE this recipe! I have made this for my family many, many times and they adore it. I have made it for friends several times and each time they request the recipe. I love sending them to Jen’s website!

    - Tinalea Hamilton on November 15, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Second straight Sunday using this marinade. Last week on 3 whole chicken butterflied and smoked over cherry wood, hickory and rosemary. Very delish!

    - Brian on November 15, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      Too bad that we can’t post pics here. Would be kind of nice to be able to post those beautiful peruvian birds from last week. Also would be nice to be able to see others. But anyways, Great Stuff!!!

      - Brian on November 15, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hello Jenn – this recipe is very popular in my home. About two weeks ago, I made extra marinade and saved it because I’ve been thinking about trying it with wings. Made them and my family loved it. Love your content, great pics, easy to follow recipes. Thanks for sharing.

    - Ponce on November 10, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wow–made this as described and it was fantastic. The green sauce can truly be used on anything and I did put embarrassing amounts on my meal, as well as on breakfast tacos the next morning! Five stars all the way for ease and flavor!
    Question for you, Jenn … do you think I can do this with my Thanksgiving turkey? Maybe double the recipe and adjust cooking time, of course, but would you proceed with the same under-skin/marinating method? Thanks–new to your site and really enjoying it!! Cristina

    - Cristina on November 9, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Cristina, Glad you enjoyed it! I do the same thing with the sauce 🙂 You could absolutely do the same for your turkey; please let me know how it turns out. Sounds like a nice change from the same old same.

      - Jenn on November 9, 2015 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Did this with our turkey this year–fabulous! I doubled this recipe and followed the cooking instructions but just longer for our bigger turkey. The moistest turkey ever. Thank you!

        - Cristina on November 28, 2015 Reply
  • You were so right – don’t make it in the crockpot, or if you do, don’t go for 8 hours! I don’t know why I felt the need to mess with perfection – laziness I guess.

    - Bonnie on November 7, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jen! I love, love, love your website and use your recipes all the time. I’m making this roast chicken for the second time tonight, but I’m using a 6 lb fryer instead of a 4 lb (because my husband can literally eat nearly an entire 4 pounder on his own, and we have guests tonight!). How should I adjust the cooking times for the added weight? Thank you!!!

    - Tara Lang on November 6, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Tara, I’d probably count on an additional 15-20 minutes, but you’ll have to keep an eye on it. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on November 6, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My family devours this recipe. Sauce is amazing. I added sweet potatoes to the roasting pan turning once and they were almost as good as the chicken. YUM!

    - Lynda on November 3, 2015 Reply
    • Love that idea, Lynda! Trying that next time 🙂

      - Jenn on November 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Do you think I could make the chicken in a crockpot – low for 8 hours? I’ve made it with chicken thighs and it was amazing – I agree with the review that said the sauce is like crack!

    - Bonnie on November 1, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Bonnie, You could…but I prefer to roast it in the oven so the skin gets crispy.

      - Jenn on November 2, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is amazing! I wish I had the gumption to make it more often.
    To top it off somehow I convinced my daughter to prepare it. Win-win!

    - Venus on October 30, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this for dinner Sunday and received raves from my husband and daughter. I am considered a great cook so they expect good food, but we all thought this dish was truly delicious (and very easy to make)! I love your site and have referred many friends! Thanks, Jenn!

    - Janet Kirkpatrick on October 29, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I use slightly different recipe for the chicken (my rub is very similar, but we do it beer can style), but I felt obligated to rate your green sauce. It is perfect. We like spicy, so I keep all the seeds and ribs. My boyfriend calls it “magic sauce” and wants to eat it on everything.

    - Holly on October 22, 2015 Reply
  • This recipe sounds delicious. I do not like cilantro, can you suggest a substitution?

    - Debby Katz on October 19, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Debby, You can use Italian parsley.

      - Jenn on October 20, 2015 Reply
      • 5 stars

        I think the recipe is good and seems authentic. I bet this kind of recipe is at least 2000 years old passed on generation after generation. I find it hard to believe that your others reviewers out there are commenting that they want to change it by using basil or something instead. Why don’t we just make chicken noodle soup and leave out the noodles meaning that Cilantro is central to this dish. Try it first before you change an authentic recipe and Americanize it into obscurity.

        - Mark M on October 21, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      If you don’t like Cilantro you probably don’t like mint either. They’re related. Parsley would be ok. Do you like Mexican Oregano? How about Rosemary, Thyme, Sage? Sounds like a song I know. I personally hate mint but I love Cilantro. You can’t have real Peruvian flavor without Cilantro.

      - Mark M on October 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this last night with chicken thighs on the grill. AWESOME! Everyone gave it rave reviews. Kids thought the sauce was a little too “spicy” with the quantity of raw garlic so I will reduce in their version of the sauce next time. I had already excluded the jalapenos from theirs.

    - Sarah V. on October 17, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I discovered your site a few months ago while looking for kabobs, which I made along with the Basmati Pilaf. Wow! This though is just over the top delicious! I make extra green sauce mainly to use as a salad dressing (sweet kale salad combo from Costco). We recently went to DC and tried the chicken at Sardi’s….well, yours is wayyyyy tastier. I don’t think I’ll ever use any other recipe. Thank you very much for sharing all these wonderful recipes! I’ve tried many of them and they all came out perfect!

    - VLaz on October 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love Love this recipe!! I don’t even like roasted chicken, but definitely loved this one. It had so much flavor unlike other roasted chickens. I recommend cutting the green sauce in half it makes a lot but definitely worth it.

    - TARA on October 1, 2015 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,

    I am really enjoying your recipes. I also appreciate the information about the different types of whole chickens. I have often wondered, but never asked.
    I wondered if I could roast leg quarters using this recipe? My concern is putting it on a rack, and also with cooking times.
    Thank you so much for your time and sharing your talent.

    - Doreen Sanders on September 11, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Doreen, So glad you are enjoying the recipes! Leg quarters will work beautifully for this recipe. If you have an oven-proof cooling rack, I’d put them on that (it really helps the skin crisp up all over) but if not don’t worry about it — you can just bake them right on a sheet pan.

      - Jenn on September 11, 2015 Reply
      • Thank you for your quick response!

        - Doreen Sanders on September 11, 2015 Reply
  • If I don’t have a roasting pan how would you suggest I roast the chicken. Is it possible to roast the chicken without a roasting rack or pan.

    - Erica on September 1, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Erica, Yes it’s possible but without a rack the skin won’t crisp up underneath the bird.

      - Jenn on September 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Doubled the marinade and marinated pounded boneless chicken breasts in it for 4 hours. Then grilled the chicken. Amazing! My guests loved it.

    - Elissa on September 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    If you only save this recipe for the sauce, you will NOT be disappointed. Cilantro can tend to be overpowering to many, but this recipe really does it justice! In fact, some folks have asked me what the great flavor is? So versatile. You HAVE to try this. It is my favorite go-to sauce!

    - Mary on August 31, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is my go-to chicken recipe!

    - Jodi Anderson on August 31, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is totally outrageously delicious!
    The green sauce is more addictive than heroin and it goes with SO many dishes.
    Chicken, veggies, salmon, even your cereal!! (Well, OK, maybe not your cereal…)
    EVERYONE I have served this to absolutely raved about it.
    Would give 50 stars if I could. Thank you SO much, Jenn!

    - Evita on August 29, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Nice green sauce, added moisture if any of the pieces of chicken were cooked more than some.

    - Jennifer on August 28, 2015 Reply
  • My kosher salt is big crystals. Does it need to be ground ?

    - Sandy on August 22, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Sandy, It doesn’t need to be ground — use it as is.

      - Jenn on August 22, 2015 Reply
  • In the picture showing the marinade ingredients in the mini food processor, what is the white stuff in the upper left?

    - Wanda on August 15, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Wanda, That’s chopped garlic 🙂

      - Jenn on August 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this again last weekend and did it with chicken pieces on the grill. OMG. It was outrageous. It is toe-to-toe with the honey, lime, sriracha chicken. The green sauce is wonderful. I don’t like cilantro and substituted Italian flat leaf parsley and a few basil leaves. Delicious. We used sauce over grilled salmon the next day too, fab.

    - jen on August 14, 2015 Reply
    • Love this idea, Jen!

      - Jenn on August 14, 2015 Reply
    • 5 stars

      I Love cilantro, but I like the idea of trying different herbs…
      Maybe greek style with lemon instead of the lime and fresh mint? And perhaps a wee bit of fresh dill?
      Thanks for the tip!

      - Evita on August 29, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is an execellent recipe . I really like many of your recipes . I cook this all the time and is always a hit . I serve this recipe with Oven baked saffron rice .

    - indrani on August 5, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    As I am a beginning cook, it took me ages to make this roast chicken dish. I had started with a chicken the size of a pony that my dad’s farming friends in Lac la Biche had provided. This chicken was frozen like an iceberg in my freezer all winter until the moment of discovery last week when I took it out.

    I put it on the counter for a day but it didn’t seem to be thawed. I was afraid we would get food poisoning thawing out the bird for days on end on the kitchen counter so I put it in the fridge. I had to do other stuff and did not get around to the bird until days later.

    Then I wanted to make the marinade. I did not have cumin, paprika or oregano in the house. My mum gave me the cumin and paprika (she has ten million spices at her place) and I bought the oregano plus the other ingredients for the marinade plus the sauce.

    Finally I had the marinade made and I put the bird in the fridge overnight yesterday. It was roasting day today. I did it. The chicken was beautiful but the dipping sauce was extra hot. I didn’t follow your good advice about deseeding. As a result we have fairly hot dipping sauce.

    I thought this was a very good recipe. I will use the left over chicken to make a chicken pot pie (without a crust as I don’t know how to make a good pie crust).

    I would use the rest of the chicken for a chicken soup but no one in the family likes my chicken soup. Actually I am a very bad cook but this recipe was so good that the chicken was eaten.

    Although older boy said he preferred Sobey’s rotisserie chicken, younger boy who is a picky eater, ate this chicken. I will make it again but this time I will use less chilli for the dipping sauce.

    If you have a good chicken pot pie recipe, I’d love to try it.

    - Julie Ali on August 5, 2015 Reply
  • The Peruvian chicken looks delicious , but the recipe don’t say amount of the ingredients.

    - Nelly B on July 31, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Nelly, Click on the recipe tab at the top of the post or scroll all the way down beneath the step-by-step photos.

      - Jenn on August 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious! It was also family friendly. The kids really enjoyed the green sauce with the chicken.

    - Julia on July 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    What a wonderful recipe! I followed it completely – no changes. 🙂 I served the Peruvian Chicken as suggested by you: Mexican Pilaf with a side of your French Green Beans. The Green Sauce that went with the chicken was delicious! These are the first three recipes I have ever followed from your website, and I am super impressed! Thank you for your terrific work. Looking forward to trying some of your amazing looking desserts. 🙂 Bisous from Belgium!

    - Hannah, an Australian in Belgium on July 16, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is absolutely perfect. I followed all of the instructions exactly, but I used the rotisserie of my grill to cut the chickens (double the recipe). The results were fantastic and better than the abundance of Peruvian restaurants in the northern Virginia area. Your family will beg you to cook this dish frequently. Thank you for posting!!!

    - Joseph on July 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I really, really like this recipe. I used cut up, bone-in chicken parts so it’s easier to cook and they turned out very well. Super tasty! I’m not a fan of chicken breast because to me it’s dry when cooked but it came out moist. I can’t remember how long I had it in the oven because I really wanted the inside to be done and not bloody. The sauce is great also. I only added a bit of jalapeño because I was afraid it will be too spicy but I’ll definitely add more next time.

    - Katrine on June 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    We bbq this and it was off the charts good. We did an oxacan corn on the grill as a side and a chiptole ceasar salad. I must admit that the green sauce was worthy of licking the plate. This is really a great recipe.

    - dede moreno on May 26, 2015 Reply
  • I prepared this recipe last night and it’s delicious. The green sauce is so tasty. It remains me a sauce that we cook in the Canary Islands called MOJO cilantro. Thank you much for the recipe.

    - Natalia smith on May 25, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Tried this recipe. It was so easy and tasty! I think I’m going to invest in a rotisserie and I think this recipe would be enhanced even further by that. LOVED the green sauce. I subbed plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream and it worked out great!

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

    - Nikki on May 18, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Your recipes are making me look like a star! I made this chicken exactly as stated in the recipe and my husband and I were salivating while the meat was roasting in the oven. The chicken was great on it’s own but the green sauce took it over the top. We’re so looking forward to the leftovers tonight. Thanks for another delish dish!

    - Cathy Long on May 12, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made just the green sauce last week and have been eating it on EVERYTHING. Burritos, eggs, toast, roasted veggies, veggie burgers, tortilla chips…it is so addicting!

    - Abby on May 7, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I cannot say enough about this recipe, especially the green sauce. You will be the talk of the party with this one. Bonus: you can use that green sauce on just about anything!

    - darlabeee on May 7, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I tried this recipe with a pair of chickens cooked on a rotisserie on the bbq and it turned out amazing. Since then every time I ask my wife what she would like for dinner she asks for ‘Peruvian chicken with that amazing green sauce’. I make extra chicken (it works really well with bone-in chicken thighs) and green sauce, the sauce makes a great vegetable dip and the chicken is even more flavorful as leftovers. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    - Curtis on May 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Absolutely love this recipe! And so easy!! Used chicken thighs and worked out great!

    - Irene S. on May 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I love this better than at my local Peruvian restaurant! And the sauce? Oh man! I doubled the marinade recipe because we had two whole chickens. We let the charcoals get to a medium temperature and grilled them vertically for 1.5 hours. Tender to the bone and the skin was crispy. I didn’t use any seeds for the sauce, but the flavors were all there. Served with broccoli and garlic mashed potatoes. I’m preparing rice and fried plantains for tomorrow’s chicken. I can’t wait to make this for our friends this summer.

    - Kimberly on April 29, 2015 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,
    I’m currently waiting for the chicken as it marinates. My question relates to the cooking method. I can either roast it 1) vertically in a conical thingamajig which looks like a Bundt pan with a cone in in the middle or 2) place it horizontally on a flat rack over a roasting pan. I’m not sure which would provide the best result or whether it matters. I’m leaning towards the horizontal roaster option cause then the marinade would stay inside the bird better during the cooking. Thanks.

    - Stanley on April 14, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Stan, Honestly, either way is absolutely fine but the horizontal method is most similar to the method I use. Hope you enjoy it.

      - Jenn on April 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I was looking for an authentic Peruvian chicken recipe and this was amazing! Thank You!!

    - Bill Vandiver on April 13, 2015 Reply
  • Hi Jenn! This looks delicious. My husband dislikes spice above the mild level. Is there a way to make this mildly spicy without compensating taste?

    - Heather on April 10, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Heather, The chicken itself isn’t spicy so I wouldn’t alter that at all. For the sauce, all of the heat comes from the seeds of the jalapeño peppers. You can just omit them or use less. Enjoy 🙂

      - Jenn on April 11, 2015 Reply
      • Awesome! Thanks!

        - Heather on April 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Yummy! Super good and spicy. Even my kids loved it.

    - Courtney on March 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made your Peruvian chicken with green sauce the other night. It was so simple and absolutely amazing. It brought me back to my favorite little Peruvian restaurant in Seattle I used to go to with my husband. I made some crispy potatoes to go with it and dip in the green sauce. So yummy!

    - Amy on March 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is an amazing recipe…so delicious. I used skinless, boneless chicken breasts and marinated them all day. The green sauce is so good. I served it with rice and broccoli. I’ve made it twice in the last two weeks!

    - Jeanie on March 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have never tried Peruvian chicken before but had 2# of skinless, boneless chicken thighs in the freezer so decided to give it a go. Halved the marinade and marinated overnight. Grilled them and they were super. We don’t like cilantro so substituted parsley but used other Green Sauce ingredients and made a Creamy Chimichurri Sauce which was delish. Today we are having leftovers in sandwiches mixed with sauce. Not sure if I will try the whole chicken as the grilled thighs were so good and plan to make them again.

    - Kim on March 23, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was the first recipe I made from your website and it got me so hooked on your recipes that you have been my “go to” site for months since then. That green sauce just makes it. I have made this a bunch of times since then. Most recently I turned it into “green wings” for St. Patrick’s day by using the same exact marinade with chicken wings and then tossing them in the green sauce. Really really good. In fact everything I have tried from your website has been a winner. Thank you!

    - Jonathan on March 20, 2015 Reply
    • That sounds amazing, I’m gonna try that! Did you grill the wings first? Bake?

      - Sandi on March 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    OMG this chicken is the absolute best and a family favorite. The sauce is so addicting. Thanks for all the great recipes…all have been great!

    - Brenda Sears on March 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I substituted with Pheasant and it was fabulous. The green sauce is out of this world!

    - Chris on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious! Make extra green sauce to have on hand for dipping just about anything.

    - Lisa on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    We eat a lot of poultry at our house so i am always on the hunt for new and interesting ways to make it. I decided to give this recipe a try and it is a winner! The chicken is full of flavor and delicious on its own but when you add the green sauce it is divine!
    Thanks Jenn for another “keeper!”

    - Tspoon on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I was looking for an easy roast chicken recipe that strayed from my usual butter and herb roast chicken that I make. The chicken was so flavorful and moist and I loved how the flavors were so bright and “popped” in your mouth. The sauce was just awesome. I paired this meal with some simple rice of diced ham, onions, and edamame ( it was all I had in hand) and my husband loved it so much he has this dish on his “favorite dinners” list. Because we are only two people, we of course, had leftovers and I decided to do my take on the Cuban sandwich the next day using this chicken and the green sauce. My husband is not a fan of mustard and plain mayo so I used the green sauce like the mustard and mayo, spread it on both pieces of bread, layered ham over it, chopped up the chicken (delicious skin included), added Swiss and placed it in my panini grill. It was absolutely delicious. This recipe served 2 meals for us and I am so happy I found it on your site! Thank you!

    - Erica on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This has been one of my favorites. After visiting a peruvian restaurant in NY I was really looking for a recipe to make peruvian chicken when one of my friends came upon this site. Since then I have been hooked to I have shared this site with numerous friends and many have come back to thank me. I tell them to thank Jenn. Every recipe I have tried has been fabulous.

    Thank You,

    - Abraham John on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is one of my favorite recipes…..ever! The sauce is super tasty and without using any seeds not spicy and perfect for my young not spicy loving kids. The chicken is super flavorful and taste even better the next day. I always double the recipe because everyone always asks for seconds!

    - Linda M on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was the most flavorful chicken I have had in a long time! The only thing I might change is to make half the sauce next time, as I had quite a bit left over.

    - Chelsea on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is a keeper. I used a cut up chicken and grilled instead of roasting (finally nice out!). Marinated the chicken overnight and made the green sauce last night too. Sauce was really good on grilled red potatoes too. Awesome chicken recipe.

    - Melissa on March 10, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this for a “Quess who’s coming for dinner” party. So many raves, the rest of the church wanted the recipe!!

    - Jane Seaders on March 8, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Jenn! Thank you so much for this recipe! Absolutely a favorite. Made it for my daughter’s birthday party and it was a tremendous hit! I am on your website for all my recipe needs and for a novice cook it has never let me down! Thanks again!

    - Allison on March 2, 2015 Reply
  • Hi. Thank you for this recipe. I’m a new cook with zero imagination when it comes to food combining. I would like to make this roast chicken recipe for my husband. Can you suggest carb and vegetables sides to go with this roast chicken?

    - Jackie on March 1, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Jackie, I love it with my Mexican Rice Pilaf and French Green Beans with Shallots.

      - Jenn on March 1, 2015 Reply
      • Thank you for the quick response. I will try the whole menu.

        - Jackie on March 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe is the! I made an 8 pound roaster so I doubled everything. With the high heat method it took about 2+ hours to roast. And the green sauce is AMAZING! Double that too and am so happy I did. FANTASTIC on chips alone. Served with pinto beans seasoned w/garlic powder, cumin and oregano, brown rice, fried plantains and whole wheat tortillas on the side. Can’t wait till spring/summer so I can do this on the charcoal grill!

    - Sharon on February 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have already reviewed the recipes…. Just an update…I fixed the Peruvian chicken,black bean salad with chipolte honey dressing for our supper club…six foodies trying hard to impress…I added a corn pudding, and fixed Jen’s margaritas with a warm spicy cheese dip….my guests, all wonderful cooks, went CRAZY… The best review came when a girl leaned in and whispered…IHATE you:):):) This dinner was a smash hit….many,many thanks!

    - Gayann on February 24, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made this chicken several times- it’s amazing! Tonight was the first time that I used the left over bones to make stock. Possibly the best chicken stock I’ve ever had.

    Thanks for all the great recipes, Jenn!!

    - Kate on February 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this for the 1st time this past weekend — had some friends over for game night. This recipe is great. I marinated the chicken (did a whole chicken cut up and then some thighs because we love dark meat) overnight. As far as the marinade, the only thing I subbed was the paprika for smoked paprika (all I had). I cooked the chicken for probably a total of 45 min., (20 min on 425) and it was just right. The sauce is awesome. I did use half jalapenos and half serranos. The sauce was popular even with my fiance who thinks mayo is gross (he tried it before he knew what was in it & said YUM). Also makes great leftovers. We sort of made burritos with the leftover meat, rice, sauce, etc. We are thinking we’ll use the leftover sauce for some shrimp or white fish. Great recipe. So glad I finally tried it….. thanks!!!

    - Freeda on February 16, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken with Green Sauce. Holy Cow this is a Great recipe. Thanks to you Jenn. Keep up the great work! Tim, Brisbane Australia.

    - Tim on February 15, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Simply Delicious Jen!!
    Thank you so much for your well written and easy to follow recipes, they are always a winner!!

    - Deb on February 15, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Good site! Concise, simple enough for any level cook. Like the choices of weekly recipes.

    - P R on February 5, 2015 Reply
  • I’ve made this 3 time,s once with a whole chicken, twice with bone in, skin on breasts. It was better with the breasts for me because it was hard to get the marinade down under the skin of the thigh/leg. I’ve also made it with a lower fat version of the aji and it was just as good (low fat mayo, fat free greek yogurt, 1tb less of olive oil). My Peruvian husband approves, really is as close as I’ve ever been able to get to the real thing!

    - Sandi on February 3, 2015 Reply
  • I thought there was supposed to be soy sauce in Peruvian pollo a la brasa?

    - S Antony on January 23, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I was pressed for time and was unable to marinade for any length of time and yet the chicken was still delicious! This recipe is a keeper!

    - Ty on January 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    LOVE this recipe. I use the chicken marinade on tofu and the green sauce is amazing.

    THANK YOU!! 🙂

    - jolene on January 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Loved every bit of this recipe! Wondering if this can be made with a whole skinless chicken?

    - She on January 18, 2015 Reply
  • Can you cook this on a rotisserie over charcoal?

    - leonard taylor on December 29, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Leonard, Yes, I’m sure that would be delicious.

      - Jenn on December 29, 2014 Reply
  • This chicken is so amazingly good. My sis made it and omitted the pepper seeds (for her kids) and later regretted it, everything balances out and the flavors are amazing.

    - Grace Saunders on December 20, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This Peruvian style roast chicken with green sauce is superb! Excellent! I’ve made the sauce just to have around. My guests couldn’t stop eating it and now I will make it again and again. Thanks!

    - Jody on December 13, 2014 Reply
  • I’d like to adapt this recipe for either the chicken cut up or use legs/thighs & breasts (w/ skin for marinade purpose). What are the temperature & approximate roasting time changes from the recipe? Any other revisions that should be made?

    - DanaG on December 12, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Dana, You can keep the recipe pretty much the same, just reduce the cooking time. Once you turn the heat down to 375, you’ll probably only need to cook it another 25-30 minutes. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

      - Jenn on December 12, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this recipe for my mother’s birthday – it was an absolute hit! I paried it with a corn soufflé, avocado salad and a carrot cream cheese cake. The only thing substituted was omit the mayo from the green sauce because we do not like mayo – I just sub it with additional cream cheese.

    - Charly C on December 6, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this last week and it tastes just like the chicken we get from our local Peruvian resteraunt. I used chicken quarters instead of a whole chicken since there were only two of us.

    - Sandy on December 4, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My husband and I lived with a family for 4 weeks while studying Spanish in Peru. Our meals prepared by the family had very little meat. We were thrilled when we discovered grilled chicken with dipping sauces at a local restaurant. This chicken recipe brought us right back to Cuzco, Peru. I always make a double recipe of the sauce since it is so good on everything;beans, eggs, potatoes, salad etc, etc

    - Rasa on December 4, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have made several recipies…peruvian chicken,blackbean and corn salad, and chicken enchaladas….the families response?” Off the chart!” I am serving the salad,chicken,and a corn pudding to my supper club, paired with your margarita recipe…thank you sooo much!! Your blog is a masterpiece!
    A SoFl cook

    - Gayann O'Neal on December 3, 2014 Reply
    • Thank you, Gayann! So glad you are enjoying the recipes 🙂

      - Jenn on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I would say that the green sauce I have had in the Peruvian restaurants I’ve visited used serrano peppers not jalapeños. I can tell the difference.

    - Mark M on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • I want to make this for thanksgiving, but I dont have kosher salt. Can I use table salt instead? How much would I have to use?

    - Jen on November 26, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Jen, It’s fine to use regular salt; I’d cut it to 2 teaspoons for the chicken and a heaping 1/4 teaspoon for the sauce.

      - Jenn on November 26, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    My boyfriend and I usually get chicken from a local Peruvian resteraunt. I made this recipe and it was just as good.

    - Sandy on November 20, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I LOVED this chicken, made it twice in one week to share with my boyfriend! The sauce that accompanies the chicken is fantastic!!

    - Melissa on October 26, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Turned out extremely delish using exact recipe but with boneless skinless chicken thighs smoked with hickory wood on the grill. Next I will try everything I just named but on a whole turkey. This just might b the recipe for our Thanksgiving bird. Thanks again!

    - Brian Wilson on October 26, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wow. Love this recipe! It was a nice change up to the normal roasted chicken I make 1 -2 times per week. The green sauce was amazing.

    - Nita-Bean on October 24, 2014 Reply
  • Do you have to use lime or can you substitute? Allergic to lime but I want to try the recipe looks delicious!

    - Rosalind on September 26, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Rosalind, Can you have lemon? That would work well.

      - Jenn on September 26, 2014 Reply
  • I would like to know if I can use chicken pieces instead of a whole chicken for the Peruvian chicken recipe. I will be cooking for a large group.

    - Renita Rutherford on September 21, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Renita, Yes, chicken pieces will work just fine. Hope everyone enjoys it!

      - Jenn on September 21, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love this recipe!! I plan on trying it on skinless boneless thighs this weekend for the Kick Off of football season.. Smoking on the grill with hickory wood.. What do u think about that???

    - Brian Wilson on September 2, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Brian, I think skinless boneless thighs on the grill will be delicious. Please come back and let me know how it turns out.

      - Jenn on September 3, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Simply delicious…Sauce was to die for…raves from dinner guests…served with roasted plantains, persian rice (had some already made) and your caramelized onions with roasted peppers…(a new favorite of mine as well). Looking forward to leftovers tonight…Thank you !

    - Lyn on September 2, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The Green Sauce is spectacular! I considered making half a recipe the first time, but I’m glad I went ahead and made the full amount. My guests were raving about it and put it on everything. It has become a “must have” with roast chicken.

    - Linda on September 1, 2014 Reply
  • We keep kosher and would like to know what we can substitute for the sour cream in the Green Sauce?
    Thanks for your reply.
    P.S. Love your recipes. Please send me more.

    - Betty Kornblit on August 26, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Betty, You can substitute more mayonnaise for the sour cream; you may just need to add another squeeze of lime juice. Glad you are enjoying the recipes!

      - Jenn on August 26, 2014 Reply
    • I have been making a variant of this for years, I just use olive oil instead, no mayo or sour cream and I add parsley too, it’ turns out very creamy as well.

      - Alan on December 28, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The sauce was amazing! We were using the leftover sauce on everything we ate for the next 3 days. Fabulous on a baked sweet potato….

    - cathy on August 21, 2014 Reply
  • I have a cut up fryer chicken that I want to try this would you adjust the cooking times/temps? Would you cut the breast in half so they cook evenly with the other pieces? Thanks!

    - Lauren on August 17, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Lauren, You can definitely use a cut up fryer chicken. I would leave the breast pieces whole so they don’t overcook before the dark meat is done.

      - Jenn on August 27, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this for dinner tonight and loved it. I enjoyed the spicy sauce with the chicken, but would probably only make a half batch of it next time. Way more than we needed. Definitely a keeper, and will make again.

    - egbluesuede on August 16, 2014 Reply
  • My family does not like cilantro. Tastes like soap to us. Would fresh sage leaves or some other herb work as a substitute ?

    - Susan Day Fuller on August 14, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Susan, You can absolutely substitute other herbs. I probably wouldn’t use sage as it’s very strong, but a mix of basil, mint and parsley would be delicious.

      - Jenn on August 14, 2014 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I tried this recipe recently and it tasted great. I made exactly as directed and marinated the chicken overnight. It doesn’t taste exactly like the Peruvian chicken i get at my fav restaurant, but tasty nevertheless. I will be making this again with chicken parts and i also want to try grilling the chicken instead of roasting.
    The Green sauce was a great addition to the dish . Thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

    - Becky on August 8, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    How long does the green sauce last for in the fridge?

    - Ryan on August 8, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Ryan, The green sauce will keep well in the fridge for 4-5 days.

      - Jenn on August 9, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    We have had the Peruvian-Style
    Roasted Chicken with Green Sauce
    four times now. It has become a family favorite. I have doubled the recipe and used the second chicken for tacos. The green sauce is delicious mixed with shredded cabbage as a crunchy topping for the tacos.

    - Susan Ward on July 17, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hands down the most delicious chicken we have ever had! 🙂

    - Nicole K. on July 15, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was absolutely amazing and will definitely be going into our regular rotation. Seriously I am a huge fan of peruvian chicken and this was the best I have ever eaten. Also: the sauce was incredible!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing!

    - Melissa on July 13, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Was looking for a new way to serve whole roasted chicken so I gave this recipe a try for company over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Truly this was a hit! I prepared the chicken the day prior and let it marinade overnight in the refrigerator. I roasted according to directions and the fragrance filled the kitchen – most inviting to our guests. The chicken tasted wonderful both with and without the green sauce. I divided the green sauce into two bowls and added additional hot sauce to one for some who like it extra spicy. I will definitely make this again and several asked for the recipe. REALLY GOOD!

    - Tomato57 on July 10, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This has become one of the staple recipes in our house! When I made this for just my husband and I, I used the same amount of jalapeno stem/ seeds as suggested. With a little guy, we used a bit less but still included some so that it would have at least a little bite!

    If you’re a little short on time and don’t want to roast the whole chicken, I’ve also found that this recipe is awesome on chicken thighs – cooks faster but has the same great taste! Just make sure whatever cut of meat you use that it has skin on it.

    I’ll often rub the chicken down in the morning before heading to work, then it just needs to be popped into the oven when I get home! Also, the green sauce is even better the 2nd day, so if you want to make that the night before you won’t be disappointed!

    Some day I’ll have leftovers from this recipe, but so far, it all disappears in one night!

    - Sam M. on July 10, 2014 Reply
  • I had a tough day at work and wanted to make something amazing to eat but not too much work and this fit the bill perfectly! I made a few changes but we loved it! I spatchcocked the chicken so it would cook quicker and I cooked it with indirect heat on the grill because it was too warm to turn on the oven. We have a dinner party coming up soon and this will probably be on the menu! Tonight I served it with the Black Bean and Corn Salad with the Chipotle Honey dressing. Wonderful! Thank you!

    - Carol James on July 9, 2014 Reply
  • Hello Jenn
    I love your site soo much. I’ve tried many of your recipes. I always looks forward for your emails with new recipes. I am thankful to my friend at church for sharing your site.

    I have one question. Can I make this recipe in a vertical chicken roaster that you put over the grill like this one?||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules

    Thank you

    - Eileen on July 9, 2014 Reply
    • Eileen, I have made several versions of this on the vertical roaster but in the oven, and it comes out beautifully. Can’t see why it wouldn’t also be great on the grill.

      - Marlene on July 28, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This dish is FABULOUS. Instead of using a whole chicken I bought the chicken already cut into pieces. It was less work and took less time to cook. As for the green sauce the first time I made it I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. The taste and consistency wasn’t right. The next time I made the sauce I followed the recipe as written and it came out great. This is now one of the regular dishes I make in my house.

    - Andrea on July 9, 2014 Reply
  • This sounds great, even if it would turn my house into a furnace. Might be worth it. What kinds of sides would match up well with this? I don’t think our normal staple of roast chicken sides would match up with this style.

    - Jim on July 7, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Jim, The great thing about this dish is that you can keep the sides pretty simple. The chicken and green sauce have so much flavor — and you can put the sauce on whatever you serve with it. Honestly, you could do plain white or brown rice and a simple vegetable, like my French Green Beans with Shallots. Or if you wanted to do a starch and vegetable all in one, my Mexican Rice Pilaf would be very good. Here are the links:

      - Jenn on July 7, 2014 Reply
      • 5 stars

        the peruvian chicken places around here offer the following sides:
        fried rice
        fried plantains
        black beans

        - Joe on July 10, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    After having this at an authentic Peruvian restaurant, I was blown away and immediately went in search for a recipe. I’m glad I came across yours. This is the first recipe I tried from your site and it made me a believer.
    I didn’t change a thing and it came out just as what I had at the restaurant. Perfect.

    - Mictian on July 4, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is easily one of the best dinners I make. I’ve made it for my boyfriend and another time for his parents to rave reviews. The sauce is out of control good! We eat it on everything….sandwiches, chips, veggies, salads, rice…..

    The great thing about the sauce is you can adjust the heat to your liking. It gets really hot with the ribs and seeds from the jalapenos but stays mild if you just put in the green parts. Tip: Use food safe gloves when you cut jalapenos!

    I made this chicken with Jenn’s Mexican rice recipe and they complemented each other perfectly.

    Thanks Jenn!

    - Sandy on July 4, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I cooked this Peruvian chicken and green sauce for my friends and family dinner and everyone loved it. I liked that the recipe was simple and quick. Love this website she has really good recipes that I can’t wait o try.

    - Maria Martinez on July 2, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    OMG the chicken was great …..but the green sauce!!!!! My husband had more sauce on his fork than chicken and he ate it all. Today I had to make a double batch and we’re going to put it on fried shrimp! It’s wonderfully versatile and just fabulous!

    - Linda on June 29, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Omg!!! Best chicken recipe ever the green sauce is amazing and it taste good on everything! Made my chicken with an avocado salad and used a little bit of the sauce on my salad. My husband went back for seconds and thirds. Next time I make the sauce I will do as the recipe says and add the seed, I was afraid of the heat and didn’t add a lot from the peppers. It would have been perfect if it was more spicy.

    - Antonia on June 28, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe was a hit in my house!!!

    - Shavonne on June 10, 2014 Reply
  • I made this yesterday, and was worried about the green sauce, as it was flaming hot right after mixing. I was wrong, as after 8 hrs. of mellowing in the fridge, it was a different sauce all together! Honestly, my husband thought the flavor of the chicken and sauce was the best he had ever had. One thing I did add was 1 teas. of cider vinegar to the marinade, as suggested by a neighbor who had lived in Peru. I served this dish along side citrus rice salad and steamed broccoli. Everyone invited asked for the recipe!

    - Frances Gist on June 1, 2014 Reply
  • Made this for my husband and myself, by far the best chicken I’ve ever had. This was my first time roasting a whole chicken, can’t believe how easy it was! The green sauce was a huge hit, and I have shared this recipe with all my coworkers 🙂 Also I appreciate the easy to follow instructions. Thanks! Will definitely be doing this one again.

    - Rosaleen on May 29, 2014 Reply
  • I made your shrimp tacos recipe last night, Yummy! Tonight I’m trying the peruvian chicken recipe.
    My question is ” will I lose too much of the marinade sauce if we put it on the B-B-Q rotisserie”?
    Thank you for the excellent recipes!

    - Marta Quinn on May 4, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Marta, It should work fine. I hope you enjoy it!

      - Jenn on May 4, 2014 Reply
  • Do you think it would work to use FF plain greek yogurt instead of the mayo and sour cream?

    - Ellen on April 23, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Ellen, I don’t think it’d be bad, but the mayo rounds out the flavor because it’s not tangy like the sour cream and yogurt.

      - Jenn on April 23, 2014 Reply
  • This chicken and sauce are truly amazing! I live part of the year in NYC and have eaten at peruvian restaurants several times (pio pio is one of my favorites), and let me say that I now have no reason to go out to get chicken with green sauce, this recipe was restaurant style without having to leave the house! Definitely a keeper. Putting the sauce between the skin and the meat was key as well as letting it marinade over night. Also, I think packing the cup of cilantro leaves, as opposed to loosely filling it, was key to making the sauce taste great- its amazing how much cilantro can fit in a cup… anyway. Thanks for the recipe!

    - Gaby on April 20, 2014 Reply
  • This looks very good. I used to go to a Peruvian place that did a yellow creamy sauce with raw onions in it. It was really addictive and would love to find out how to make it. Any ideas?

    - Jesse on April 12, 2014 Reply
    • Jesse, My guess is that it was a garlic mayonnaise. Try garlic, mayo, chopped onions and a little lemon juice.

      - Jenn on April 13, 2014 Reply
  • Great recipe. I’m peruvian and Pollo a la Brasa is something I grew up with. It made me so happy to find this recipe on your blog. I will definetly try it out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    - michela on April 2, 2014 Reply
  • I made this for the people I cook for, I got a special phone call saying this dish was “off the charts” !!
    I rarely duplicate recipes from week to week but this one is definitely a keeper. I served it with a solerito salad to start and made plain basmati rice and steamed broccoli.This was awesome!!

    - pam on March 21, 2014 Reply
  • Another rave review on this one! Absolutely loved it. Should have listened to your statement about using half the jalapeno seeds for a medium hot sauce. I figured that I liked things hot and upped the seeds to at least three-quarters, OUCH! I will scale that back a tad next time, LOL! I agree with John that the sauce would make a great dip too.

    - Jill on February 27, 2014 Reply
  • Thank you for bringing this chicken recipe into my life. I am no-sugar, nothing-processed, low-carb so I omitted the sugar in the chicken rub and it was still phenomenal. For the green sauce, I used my own homemade mayonnaise and strained some homemade kefir to the consistency of sour cream for that substitution. I also didn’t have fresh jalapenos on-hand, but I used pickled and the sauce still was great, but I’m positive that fresh would be infinitely better. This was so great that my 5yo son asked to have it cold in his lunch for school! Maybe I need to plan a trip to Peru…. 😉

    - Rebecca on February 27, 2014 Reply
  • I love this recipe! My husband loves this recipe. The first time I made it we butterflied a whole chicken and then grilled it….it was delicious. I have tried baking the chicken and the flavor is great but it is even better off the grille. This is a five star recipe.

    - Cassandra on February 26, 2014 Reply
  • One of our favorites, excellent!

    - Rick on February 25, 2014 Reply
  • I made this for Valentine’s Day. It was awesome. I used the sauce on pasta and as a dip. Excellent.

    - Sandy Smith on February 20, 2014 Reply
  • I made this and the chicken came out great. However, I couldn’t get my green sauce to look like yours. My sauce was really thick, it had good flavor but it wasn’t solid green. It was more white with green specks.

    - Andrea on February 10, 2014 Reply
    • 5 stars

      My first batch, when I used a food processor, not a blender came out as you described. The second I did, I used the blender and the sauce was smooth, green & creamy. I wonder if that’s the difference? Or maybe you need to up the amount of cilantro…

      - Monica on September 1, 2014 Reply
  • Sounds fantastic. Both the chicken and the green sauce.

    - Gene Dixon on January 12, 2014 Reply
  • I just used this recipe to make chicken wings. I was only able to marinate a few hours . The wings were so delicious that my husband wants me to make them for our Super Bowl party! For the green sauce, I substituted greek yogurt for the sour cream and used 1.5 large jalapenos and it was the perfect heat level! I am psyched that I made a double batch of the wings and froze one batch so we can enjoy next weekend with very little prep. The green sauce will not last until then so I will experiment with more yogurt and less mayo to see how it compares! Thanks so much for posting this!!

    - Kimmy on January 12, 2014 Reply
  • This dish was easy to make and tasted phenomenal. The whole family enjoyed it. I will definitely make this again, especially on a whole chicken. I did thighs and legs for this go around; but I can only imagine a whole chicken like this could only be better!

    - dann s washko on January 6, 2014 Reply
    • @ Dann s Washko

      I have made this at least three times since discovering this recipe in September. Each time I have done it with a whole chicken which I have butterflied and roasted in a hooded BBQ. My family love it! Any leftovers I have on toasted sandwiches with the sauce and it is super good!! This would have to be one of my favourite roast recipes!

      - Liv on January 7, 2014 Reply
  • Such an great dish, I used drumsticks and boy o boy did my family love it! The green sauce was just fantastic and I will definitely be using it on its own as a dip. I did up the garlic and used about 6 for the sauce and another bunch for the chicken.

    - John on December 15, 2013 Reply
  • It was excellent! I made this with a porcelain vertical roaster with a beer and pineapple juice in the roaster.

    - cindy on December 12, 2013 Reply
  • Anyway we can make it without sour cream or any other dairy product…. Got to keep it Kosher. No meat and dairy products together. Thanks in advance

    - Adrian Fridman. on November 22, 2013 Reply
  • I am Peruvian, and this recipe is making my mouth water. Thanks for sharing!

    - Luisa on November 21, 2013 Reply
  • Hi, the Peruvian chicken places in our area usually have a green sauce and a yellow sauce, which mix great on rice. Any suggestions for a typical Peruvian yellow sauce?

    - Tedesco on November 19, 2013 Reply
    • I don’t have a recipe for Peruvian yellow sauce, although I believe it is made with Aji pepper paste, mayonnaise and garlic. You might not need it once you try the green sauce recipe here…it is sort of a combination of the green and yellow sauces offered at most Peruvian restaurants, which I always mix together too 🙂

      - Jenn on November 21, 2013 Reply
    • Hi I’m peruvian. This yellow sauce is more of a dish then just a sauce. It is called Papa a la Huancaina. It’s a cheese sauce.
      The name literally translates to Huancayo potato. Huancayo is a province in Peru where te dish supposedly originates from.
      The sause requires about 9oz of queso fresco,oil,evaporated milk,some garlic cloves, a couple of crackers some salt and of course aji Amarillo paste. You blend them in a blender to make a sauce the consistency or drinkable yogurt maybe a lil thicker and you pour them over boiled potatoes.

      - Corina on June 26, 2014 Reply
  • Finally.. I found this green sauce!.. I can’t wait to make it.. Thank U..

    - Kiita on November 16, 2013 Reply
  • This coast chicken is so beautiful! I’m only now discovering Peruvian cuisine and I love the spices used. Amazingly flavourful. I was going to do this tonight then realized I haven’t got oregano! 🙁 One day I shall be organized enough to have every ingredient for this.

    - Jayne on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • This chicken is super yummy! I made roasted potatoes to go with it and everyone loved it!

    - Risa on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,

    Can I substitute the lemon for lime in the chicken marinade? I completely forgot to buy the limes when I was out.

    - Ashfia on November 13, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Ashfia, The flavor will be a little different but it will definitely work. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • This is such a flavorful chicken dish that appeals to adults and children. I have made it on multiple occasions and will say that it does taste best when the chicken has marinated overnight. The green sauce is delicious – but definitely more for the adult palate. Love serving it with roasted potatoes and a green vegetable.

    - Tracy on November 12, 2013 Reply
  • I made this for some friends, the flavors are amazing. The green sauce I could use on so many things.
    I love your site it is always my go to favorite for all different kinds of recipes and inspiration.

    - Lothar Niemann on November 9, 2013 Reply
  • This recipe is great! The green sauce was a little thin at first, but it thickened up a bit. This recipe will definitely be used again. Great date night recipe.

    - Kim Richardson on November 9, 2013 Reply
  • Hi Jennifer, This chicken was so good, super tender, amazing flavour , Crispie on the outside and very tender inside. I have nothing to add to your recipes. Everything I have tried has been so delicious!

    - Bonnie Swackhammer on November 8, 2013 Reply
  • I’ve made this twice, and what a hit! It’s simple, easy and so delic!

    - Grace on November 7, 2013 Reply
  • This recipe was awesome. The roasted chicken turned out excellent. But the green sauce took it over the top. My 16 yr old drowned his chicken in the sauce. The chicken I used (5 lb) took a little while longer to cook but it was juicy and flavorful. This recipe is a keeper for our family. Keep bringing great family recipes to your site!

    - Angie S on November 6, 2013 Reply
  • This chicken is an absolute favorite of my 2 sons. They raved about it, I’ve made it several times, it’s pretty easy to do and the kids love it.

    - Debbie on November 5, 2013 Reply
  • Ok this was so good!! Can someone please tell me how to make the green salad dressing they use at peruvian restaurants.

    - Tammy M on November 2, 2013 Reply
  • Just for those of you who are new to working with jalapenos – if you do not use gloves, your hands may burn for 12 hours. I did not know this, I must have had very spicy jalapenos and my hands were on fire almost all night. I am glad I didn’t touch my eyes. There was no remedy that worked to relieve the pain since the capsaicin had already bound to the pain receptors. Capsaicin apparently mimics actual chemical burns, although it produces no real tissue damage.

    I also found three jalapenos to be much spicier than New York-style Peruvian green sauce, when I finally worked up the nerve to try the sauce after my hands had cooled off the next day.

    - jalapenodisaster on September 9, 2013 Reply
    • You must have had some mutant jalapeños! Or, you mistook another variety of chile for them. Or, you are extremely sensitive. I have never had a reaction like that, and I have very sensitive skin. But I have inadvertently rubbed my eye after cutting some, and that was not pleasant.

      - Kathy D. on September 9, 2013 Reply
  • Ate Peruvian chicken in a restaurant in Wheaton, Maryland. Making some today. Peruvian roast chicken, and hens. I know its going to be great. Love it!!

    - Eric on September 8, 2013 Reply
  • I made this today. It was delicious! I butterflied the chicken and cooked it in the BBQ and all my guests had second helpings, Definitely making this one again! I left the cilantro out of the sauce as I didn’t have any, and it was still great.

    - Liv on September 8, 2013 Reply
  • Thanks for your answer. Only n America….getting prompt advice from a bona fide chef and on a Labor Day weekend to boot! I’ll let y’all in on the results.

    - Stanley Weinberg on September 2, 2013 Reply
  • Hi there, I was wondering if I could marinate the chicken for perhaps 2 or 3 days.Is there a danger of the limes maybe “cooking” the chicken like in ceviche? Thanks a ton , recipe looks awesome as does your website. Stan

    - Stanley Weinberg on September 2, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Stanley, Good question. No worries, the chicken will be fine (and full of delicious flavor) if marinated for 2-3 days. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on September 2, 2013 Reply
  • We cannot get enough of this recipe. ( We have made it twice in two weeks) I made it with legs and thighs, cooked them at 425 for 25 minutes then grill on the BBQ. Wow! Thanks for an amazing recipe.

    - Loretta on September 1, 2013 Reply
  • I’m sure it’s delicious, but in Peru the sauce gets its green color from huacatay, a local herb, not cilantro. Also they use aji peppers instead of jalapenos. That having been said, I think this would be a close substitute and I bet it’s excellent.

    - James on August 30, 2013 Reply
  • I subscribed to your blog because of this recipe! I cant wait to make it! I’ve dreamt about this green sauce….

    - Tiffany K on August 22, 2013 Reply
  • Hi Judy. I don’t know about Glenn, but I sassed my grandmother once when I was little and had a mouth full of soap in about 30 seconds!

    My suggestion is to cut back on the herbs and spices but don’t leave them out entirely. They’re what gives the dish its pizzaz, not to mention that they ALL have excellent health benefits. Do a search like this, “paprika health benefits,” on all of them, and you’ll understand what I’m saying. Jenn gave us a powerhouse recipe here.

    BTW, my father’s name was not Zion. He would have loved the Peruvian Chicken except that he would have wanted it about a zillion Scoville Heat Units hotter.

    - Batzion on August 8, 2013 Reply
  • @Glenn. Many years ago, when my children were small, they are parents themselves now, I washed their mouths out with soap, to my shame but would probably do it again. They were of course fighting with bad language. My son laughed and my daughter cried. I hope that’s not why you know the taste of soap!

    - Judy on August 8, 2013 Reply
  • I have some skin on and bone in turkey breasts (probably about 4 pounds… you know how big turkey breasts are!) do you think this would work well on those? I need to get them out of my freezer!!

    - Rachel on August 8, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Rachel, I do think it will work…the taste will be different but still good for sure.

      - Jenn on August 8, 2013 Reply
  • Hi Glenn. Funny thing about taste buds. All the people who don’t like cilantro say the same thing…it tastes like soap. And the people who like it, love it. Almost everyone loves goat cheese, but to me it is disgusting….tastes like goats smell. And I’m not a picky eater. My daughter, the picky eater, loves goat cheese. I seem to remember studying something about this in high school biology class.

    - Kathy D. on August 1, 2013 Reply
  • Do you have a recommended substitution for cilantro? To me, cilantro is particularly unpleasant and tastes like soap. You can guess why I know what soap tastes like :).

    - Glenn on August 1, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Glenn, You can use Italian flat leaf parsley and it will still be delicious.

      - Jenn on August 1, 2013 Reply
  • We loved the chicken! But the green sauce was FABULOUS. I made it a second time and served it with cold boiled shrimp along side the cocktail sauce.

    - judith on July 31, 2013 Reply
  • Thank you again Batzion for your advice. Is your father’s name Zion?

    - Judy on July 28, 2013 Reply
  • Judy, if you get limes from your cousin, ask for more than you need for this recipe because you can freeze whole limes and lemons and then grate them (the whole thing) over many dishes such as salads, fish, chicken, veggies — wherever your imagination takes you.

    I really hope you are able to make this dish because it is spectacular, and you can use whatever sauce you have left over on other things.

    - Batzion on July 28, 2013 Reply
  • Thank you for writing kathy d. Have a good weekend. And to everyone else.

    - Judy on July 26, 2013 Reply
  • Thank you for replying. Jen I think I sent you a message that belongs on here. Could you repost it for me?
    Batzion thank you. I don’t live anywhere near Jerusalem. Not a town for me. Too many frumers. I don’t even go to the market in Tel Aviv. In my supermarket we get ordinary stuff and you should see the prices we are expected to pay for fruit. Almost $40 for a pound of peaches. We should not buy st that price but we do. Years ago tomatoes were sooooo expensive that we did stopbbuying them and they reduced the prices. We should do what Egypt did. When the price of bread went up they rioted. Also years ago. Well we’ll struggle along. My cousin in the north has limes in his garden. I’ll see if I can get from him. Shabbat Shalom.

    - Judy on July 26, 2013 Reply
  • Hi Judy. Have you tried the Shuk (Mahane Yehuda Market) in Jerusalem? They have many fine fruits, vegetables and spices from all over. Usually, you can sample to see if it’s what you want.

    Israel does have habanero peppers (hotter than jalapeno — you could reduce the amount). They are grown in Moshav Ein Yahav in the Northern Arava but should be available just about anywhere.

    Also, Israel does grow limes. The most famous are the Jaffa limes which are in demand around the world.

    I used a blender instead of a food processor, and it worked out fine.

    I hope this helps you.

    - Batzion on July 25, 2013 Reply
  • Kiryat Ono, Israel. If you know Israel then it’s near Bar Ilan university. Tel Hashomer hospital and not too far from Petah Tikva.

    - Judy on July 25, 2013 Reply
    • Sorry, no I don’t know Israel at all. You must be in a small town, because from what I’ve read, Israel produces all kinds of fruits and vegetables and tons of other delicious things. Jalapeños, I don’t know….but there must be some other kind of medium chili pepper that you can find. Do you have outdoor markets where you live?

      - Kathy D. on July 25, 2013 Reply
  • I can’t get limes in my area. Lemons I presume. Don’t think we have ‘jalapeño’ peppers here. Just ordinary ones. I don’t have a food processor :'( . I hate this country! We should be able to get everything other countries have as long as it’s kosher.

    - Judy on July 25, 2013 Reply
    • Judy, Lemons are fine if you can’t find limes. Just omit the jalapeno and use a pinch of ground cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. If you don’t have a food processor you can use a blender.

      - Jenn on July 25, 2013 Reply
      • Can I leave out the herbs? I’m so not partial to them. Surprise we get hellmans mayo here and I use it.

        - Judy on July 28, 2013 Reply
    • Judy, where do you live? Can you say?

      - Kathy D. on July 25, 2013 Reply
  • This recipe is very good. I have made this several times already and everyone who tries it at my house loves it. The sauce goes really well with the chicken and gives it a nice flavor.


    - Ziad on July 23, 2013 Reply
  • Do you think I could do this recipe with chicken quarters with the skin still on? Would I just roast the equivalent weight in chicken quarters and treat it like a whole bird? This is probably a dumb question, but I’ve just begun experimenting with chicken — before this my only experience was with boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs.

    - A on July 21, 2013 Reply
    • Hi there, Not a dumb question at all! You can definitely do this recipe with bone-in chicken quarters with the skin on — and yes cook time would be about the same if you stick to the same weight. Hope you enjoy it!

      - Jenn on July 21, 2013 Reply
  • My husband and I don’t eat cilantro, I’m wondering if parsley would be an ok sub?

    - Sue on June 13, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Sue, Parsley would work just fine. Please come back and let me know how it turns out.

      - Jenn on June 13, 2013 Reply
    • I did it with parsley and this chicken is heavenly good. the sauce turned out yummy, and my husband loved it all. thanks

      - Sue on June 23, 2013 Reply
  • Made his twice already and is definitely one of the best chicken recipes I’ve come across! I just purchased a grill and was wondering if you have any tips on grilling the chicken instead of roasting it in the oven. Thanks!

    - Renee on June 6, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Renee, I would use bone-in chicken pieces instead of a whole chicken. You can bake the chicken in the oven until almost done, then put the pieces on the grill for 5-10 minutes to char and crisp up the skin. Or you can cook the chicken pieces entirely on the grill — check out my jerk chicken recipe for instructions on how to grill bone-in chicken pieces:

      - Jenn on June 6, 2013 Reply
  • Jenn,
    We really enjoy this chicken!! A couple months ago, we were having guests over so we decided to do this chicken – 2 of them. At the last minute, some of the guests had to cancel so I cooked one and decided to freeze the other (vacuum sealed). We thawed the chicken yesterday and smoked it last evening in our Weber Kettle using both apple wood and mesquite. It turned out fabulous. The green sauce is great – so good with many other things (had some on my breakfast burrito this morning). Putting the marinade on the chicken and freezing it for later is a time saver for a future meal. Your recipes are always wonderful.

    - Jane Palmer on May 27, 2013 Reply
    • Great tip, Jane. Thank you!

      - Jenn on May 31, 2013 Reply
  • This chicken and sauce were great! Husband said it’s a keeper.

    - Nancy on April 18, 2013 Reply
  • Have you tried this on other meats? There was no good chicken in the market yesterday (everything was skinless) but I have pork!

    - Mo on April 16, 2013 Reply
    • I haven’t but I believe one of my readers tried it with pork and said it was delicious.

      - Jenn on April 16, 2013 Reply
      • I just made the marinade and WOW! This stuff is amazing! I can’t wait to taste it with pork (and later with chicken).

        - Mo on April 18, 2013 Reply
  • I really wanna try this, but my husband only eats chicken breast. would this recipe dry this out since your using chicken w its skin still on?

    - Hafsa on April 16, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Hafsa, Unfortunately, I think it would dry out. I have a lot of wonderful recipes on the site using boneless skinless chicken breasts — check out the Moroccan chicken and the Perfectly Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon and Herbs. You could always make the green sauce in this recipe as the sauce…

      - Jenn on April 16, 2013 Reply
  • I want to try it. Looks really good

    - Peaches on April 13, 2013 Reply
  • Did you also put mayo in the marinade? It looks like that in the pictures.

    - Linda on April 4, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Linda, There is no mayo in the marinade. The mixture looks creamy from the puréed garlic.

      - Jenn on April 4, 2013 Reply
      • Can you shallow fry this chicken?

        - Anthony on September 7, 2013 Reply
        • Hi Anthony — Yes, that would work fine. Many readers have also grilled it (cut in pieces or butterflied) with excellent results.

          - Jenn on September 8, 2013 Reply
  • I am already doing the green sauce and that is my family’s favorite but I have to try this marinade for the chicken !!

    - Sally on April 3, 2013 Reply
  • Made this last night, it was delicious. Even the kids ate it up. Fried some plantains as a side in addition to rice and beans and corn tortillas. Really flavorful chicken even though I marinated it only four hours.

    - Louise Fisch on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • I made this the day after it was published – all I can say is YUM again!! There was a lot of sauce left over since the kids didn’t eat very much of it – but I actually found a variety of uses for it – it was very delicious. Again, another winner!

    - Becky Slater on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • I just wanted to add that I use a particular method to cook the chicken, which involves pre-heating the roasting pan (I use a cast iron skillet) in the oven at maximum setting. When the oven is at temperature I place the prepared chicken in the pan and let it roast for 30 minutes. At this point it may be done, but the internal temperature (thickest part of thigh or breast) should be verified at 180° F, so it might take a little longer (10 min. or so). One specification is that the chicken must not be larger than 3 pounds or the method will not work. What this method gives is a crisp skin and very moist breast meat…not to mention the ease of roasting.

    - Kathy D. on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • I made this last night and it was a hit. I’m going to use the extra sauce on tacos this week.

    - Kim S. on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • If I am using a Roaster chicken 7 pounds should i double marinade.

    - NATASHA GREIG on March 11, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Natasha, Yes, that’s a good idea.

      - Jenn on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • We had a lot of green sauce left over and used it all week – as a veggie dip, topping for nachos, etc.

    The chicken turned out well even though I didn’t have a v-rack and just placed it in the baking dish.

    - Angela on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • I made this chicken a few weeks ago and my entire family loved it. I I made it with roasted potatoes and veggies. I will definitely be making this again!

    - Risa on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • I’ll admit that I did not personally cook this recipe, but my roommate did and it was PERFECT. So juicy and flavorful – we used leftovers for salads, sandwiches, and quesadillas all week! We didn’t have a roasting rack so we elevated the chickens on top of some onions, which were also delicious. The sauce is also incredibly tasty, we have been using it as a salad dressing ever since.

    - Abby on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • This is a great recipe. I served the chicken with garlic rice and fresh green beans. The green sauce is fabulous. Not only is it good with the chicken, but great as a dip with corn chips, spread on a sandwich and as a salad dressing.

    - Jane Palmer on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • Made this for a party and it was great. Even used the left over green sauce on tortilla chips, thanks, all recipes have been great.

    - Theresa on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • Great recipe! I marinated chicken overnight and made the green sauce today. It turned out to be one of the best Sunday dinners . I roasted purple potatoes with the chicken in the roasting pan . Served frsh green beans on the side .One my best recipes added to my collection.

    - Stephen Piorkowski on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • AWESOMENESS!!! I have several friends from Peru and we often lunch at a place called La Polleria! This recipe is so close! I love that I can make it at home! Can’t wait to make it for my friends.

    - Bridget on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • We live right down the street from about 4 different peruvian chicken places so I was very curious to try this out and compare it. It turned out SO well. I will still continue going to the local places when time is tight but otherwise, this was fun to make and delicious to eat! I used chicken thighs instead of a whole chicken and it turned out great!

    - Julia on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • Fantastic recipe. My dinner guests were very impressed.reminded me of chimmichurri steak I amake

    - Sharyn on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • I think we found our new favorite chicken recipe!! LOVE the green sauce (I add a small handful of spinach to green it up even more).

    - ieatdarkchocolateeveryday on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • Oh my goodness, this was off the hook. Just fantastic. I made garlic rice to go with it Got lots of left overs to be creative.

    - Jane Palmer on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I made this for the Oscars and it was wonderful! I served it with Quinoa Pilaf with Corn and Jalapeños from the Best Light Recipe cookbook. The sauce worked great on that as well. Huge hit!

    - Danielle on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • My family loves this recipe. The second time I made it I used the marinade on boneless, skinless chicken breasts and grilled them the next day. It was delicious that way too — and less work!

    - Amy on March 9, 2013 Reply
    • Good to know, Amy. One of my friends also tried it with bone-in chicken pieces and she said it came out great.

      - Jenn on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I made this twice, and it was a hit both ways. The first time, I used the original recipe and served it with a mix of Basmati and black rice along with a simple endive, Romaine and red onion salad.

    The second time, I substituted the cilantro with fresh sweet basil and substituted the jalapeno with crushed red pepper. I tossed the sauce in a quinoa fettucini, Parma prosciutto, spinach and chopped tomato salad.

    I still have not tried it with shrimp.

    This is a superb recipe that has no limitations.

    - Batzion on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • From all the comments, everyone LOVES this chicken, and the sauce. I made it 2 times in 2 weeks, and just bought another chicken to make it again. The first time I served it with potato wedges, a salad of frisée (I’m in France) and homemade corn tortillas. The second time with homemade flour tortillas, potato wedges, an arugula salad and fried plaintains. Both times it was for guests. They loved it. We ended up putting the chicken and salad and sauce in the tortilla and eating it out of hand. This is one of those ethnic dishes that goes well with other elements from the same general geographical area (Mexico, Central America, Caribbean). What wine or beer would you everyone with this?

    - Kathy D. on March 9, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Kathy, Love your idea to put the chicken in a tortilla and think I may do a variation on this recipe soon for soft chicken tacos. As for a beverage, I think it’d be delicious with a light Mexican beer or crisp white wine, like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

      - Jenn on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • We loved this recipe. It was just as good as the Peruvian restaurants in the Washington DC area. I served it with baked potato wedges and sauteed spinach with garlic. Yummy!

    - Phyllis Barrier on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • My husband and I really loved this. I did reduce the amount of pepper.

    - Elaine on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • This chicken was outstanding. I had Meyer lemons so I used them instead of the limes in both the chicken and the sauce. I will definitely try it again with the limes. I will also try grilling the chicken and or roasting it split. I am sure both methods will be delicious. I served it with rice pilaf mixture and a salad. It was very easy to make.

    - Joan on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I have made your green sauce as a dipping sauce for a variety of chicken many times, and I always get rave reviews. I usually only put one jalapeno pepper and one time I only put in a half of one because my kids don’t like it very spicy and it turned out perfectly! I even used the green sauce instead of mayonnaise on turkey sandwiches for my kids at lunch and they came home from school telling me it was the best sandwich ever!

    - Jen on March 9, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Jen, Love the idea to put the sauce on sandwiches…bet it’d also be delicious on soft chicken tacos.

      - Jenn on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • This was fabulous. I have reduced the peppers for my husbands palate.

    - debbie jackson on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • i’ve made this dish three times in the last month. It’s a serious crowd pleaser and pairs well with a fume blanc. So delicious!

    - Katie-Gray on March 8, 2013 Reply
  • Thanks so much for this recipe. There are NO Peruvian restaurants within 75 miles of where I live, and this is very close to what I used to get in the Washington, DC area. Thanks again!

    - Melissa on March 3, 2013 Reply
  • Another great recipe. The sauce was a hit recipe on it’s own. I also used it to drizzle on shrimp tacos and as a condiment on turkey burgers.

    - Danita on March 2, 2013 Reply
  • We had it last night for dinner. I keep about it….it was so delicious. I made fries to go with it and salad, and home made flour tortillas. My neighbors were here for dinner, and they never put their forks down! Next time I’m going to make some tostones to go with it.

    - Kathy D. on February 28, 2013 Reply
  • The chicken just went into the fridge for tomorrow. Not even cooked and already my mouth is watering. The dipping sauce is made…and tasted…so delicious….a little like a creamy chimichurri.

    - Kathy D. on February 26, 2013 Reply
  • Nice! I am pinning this now…

    - jay Bhuto on February 24, 2013 Reply
  • This looks absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

    - Michelle on February 18, 2013 Reply
  • OMG ! Chicken was fabulous , sauce was amazing!

    - Suzan Wentworth on February 12, 2013 Reply
  • Wow! This was awesome, awesome! The chicken was so flavorful apart from the sauce, but the sauce just made it all come together. I served the chicken with plain basmati steamed rice and steamed broccoli which worked really well for drizzling sauce over! Again, thanks so much for helping me feed my family healthy and delicious meals!

    - becky on February 10, 2013 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,
    Made this dinner for the family and it was a big hit! Both the marinade (I saved some to put on plain chicken) and the green sauce were even better the next day. Regarding one of the previous comments, I used tofu mayo for the green sauce and I thought it was quite good. It was not only great with the chicken, but also as a dip for raw cucumber slices.
    Definitely a keeper!!

    - bootcamp chef on February 5, 2013 Reply
  • My grandma made this chicken for our family over the weekend. It was very delicious and the side sauce was also very tasteful. Our family couldn’t stop talking about it lol. By the way it was a very easy and quick meal to fix. Thank you Jenn!

    - Bianca on February 5, 2013 Reply
  • Can you use just lime juice? Cant wait to make this

    - Vanessa on February 5, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Vanessa, Not sure I understand your question, but if you’re talking about the marinade you really also need the salt and seasonings to liven it up. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on February 5, 2013 Reply
      • Sorry about that! I meant instead of the actual limes, could I use lime juice from the bottle? Thanks!

        - Vanessa on February 6, 2013 Reply
        • That makes more sense! Sorry, I should have figured that! Anyway, I’d stick with the fresh limes even though it’s a bit more work — it makes a big difference in this recipe.

          - Jenn on February 6, 2013 Reply
  • This chicken was amazing!! The green sauce was delicious and I omitted the cilantro and it still was great!! One of the best dinners! We used Trader Joes chimmichuri rice as a side which was perfect. Thanks Jenn your amazing!!

    - Kim on January 31, 2013 Reply
  • muchas gracias por tus recetas fabulosas !!

    - Nuny on January 31, 2013 Reply
  • Hey Jen, Thanks for the dinner party suggestions, I checked out the suggested soup recipe, liked the mix of ingredients. Think I’ll use your sun dried tomato dip (BTW, I dry my own, easy and you can save a bundle plus have as many as you want at any time!)

    - Madeline on January 31, 2013 Reply
  • Hi, trying this recipe on chicken wings for my birthday Saturday. Should I be concerned about the wings not holding the flavor? Can’t wait!!!

    - Martha on January 31, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Martha, As long as you marinate the wings long enough, they should hold the flavor just fine. Please come back and let me know how they come out, and Happy Birthday!

      - Jenn on January 31, 2013 Reply
  • Really looking forward to this tonight.

    - christine on January 30, 2013 Reply
  • This recipe hit my inbox and I immediately knew what I was making for dinner! This was a huge hit with my family last night. You’ve really spiced up our mid-winter blues up her in NH!

    - Beth on January 30, 2013 Reply
  • The chicken looks, in a word, delicious. Concerned about the sauce. Of the few herbs I would never bring into my home, cilantro makes top. Wondering if you might have a suggestion as to what I might be able to substitute for either the cilantro (which I doubt could be done while maintaining the integrity of the dish), or an alternate sauce altogether which would still compliment the bird. If neither come to mind that’s fine, I would understand. Either way, sauce or no sauce, I would love to try the chicken.

    - Mike on January 29, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Mike, No problem…you can substitute parsley in the green sauce. It will still be delicious. Otherwise, you could try serving the chicken with a garlic mayonnaise.

      - Jenn on January 29, 2013 Reply
  • This dish looks more than wonderful! About how much green sauce does the recipe make? I think I would be inclined to double the recipe and use it for the leftover chicken (if any) or on a green salad or on a sub or even a bit in a macaroni salad to liven things up. Why not?

    I bet the green sauce would be good with a shrimp cocktail or boiled shrimp along with red sauce and clarified butter. What a nice presentation that would be.

    Gosh, that looks so darned good. I can’t wait to make it! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    - Batzion on January 29, 2013 Reply
    • The recipe makes quite a bit of green sauce — about 2 cups. We usually have leftovers but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to make extra as it keeps well. I agree that it would be delicious with shrimp. It’s honestly good on anything…sometimes I give it to my kids with romaine spears as a snack.

      - Jenn on January 30, 2013 Reply
  • Made this chicken tonight – wonderful!

    - Fran on January 29, 2013 Reply
  • I love the picture of the vein and seeds of the jalapeno. Perfect! This sounds like something we would really want to try.

    Thanks for sharing.

    - The Contessa (Linda) on January 29, 2013 Reply
  • This looks delicious, will be making this very soon. In regards to the green sauce instead of using mayonnaise, what do you think would be a healthier substitute? Greek Yoghurt?

    - kylie on January 29, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Kylie, You could substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream and maybe use a low fat mayo. There are also Peruvian green sauces made w/o mayo — they aren’t creamy but are very good.

      - Jenn on January 29, 2013 Reply
  • 1st I am jealous of the natural light in your kitchen!!!!
    And the chicken looks and sounds amazing!!!

    - leslie on January 29, 2013 Reply
  • What do you suggest serving with this? This seems like the perfect dish for a dinner party that won’t break the budget!

    - Madeline on January 29, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Madeline, It would be perfect for a dinner party. I’d serve it with roasted potato wedges or rice pilaf, along with either my roasted carrots or broccoli. And if you need a starter, check out my tortilla soup. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on January 29, 2013 Reply
  • I will be trying this recipe this weekend!! i make a similiar sauce like that one, called Chimuchurri that is great on everthing!!

    - angie cortez on January 29, 2013 Reply
  • I am making this tonight..thanks it looks delish

    - Debbie on January 29, 2013 Reply

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