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A whole Butterflied and Grilled Peruvian-Style Chicken on a bright floral platter with aji verde sauce, cilantro, and lime

Roasted Peruvian Chicken with Ají Verde

Tamara Andersen
Whether you choose to grill or roast, this Peruvian-style chicken with Peruvian ají amarillo paste and spices marinade is a succulent and flavorful way to enjoy a whole chicken!
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Peruvian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 410 kcal


  • 1 whole chicken - 3 to 4 pounds preferably
  • cup fresh lime juice about 4
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ají amarillo paste
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • several grinds fresh ground pepper
  • ají verde


  • Butterfly chicken after patting it dry.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  • Rub the marinade in the cavity, under and over the skin of the chicken. Reserve any remaining marinade to baste chicken.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
  • When you're ready to grill the chicken, preheat grill to medium heat. Place the prepared chicken on the grill with skin side down. (Breast side down).
  • Grill slowly until the fat renders and the skin is golden brown, then turn the chicken over (15-20 minutes). Brush with marinade, and close the lid. Continue grilling until it is cooked through (another 20-30 minutes). I usually do a small 3-4 pound chicken, and it is done in about 35-40 minutes.
  • To roast the chicken - Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roast 15 minutes, brush with remaining marinade. Reduce heat to 375 degrees, and continue roasting until internal temperature reaches 160-165 degrees.
  • When the chicken is done remove to a plate and tent with foil. Rest 10 minutes before carving.
  • Enjoy with salsas (see post for ideas), fresh cilantro, and lime wedges.


See post for more information!
Macronutrients are an approximation only from MyFitnessPal.com. Yours will vary depending on light/dark meat and how much marinade is consumed.
Save the carcass for stock!


Serving: 6ouncesCalories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 40gFat: 8g
Keyword grilled Peruvian chicken, healthy chicken recipes, Peruvian main dishes, Peruvian recipes
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