Maria's recipe for Peruvian Chicken is really simple to make and has a delicious marinade that will quickly make it a favorite at cookouts. Soy sauce, lime juice, and smoked paprika all combine for a truly tasty barbecued chicken.

Peruvian Chicken with Salsa Verde Recipe

  • Yield:

    4-5 servings

  • Total Time:

    5 hrs

  • Prep Time:

    15 mins prep plus 4 hrs for marinade

  • Cook Time:

    45 mins


  • 1 whole chicken, spatchcocked
  • 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoons of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 5 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons of Mazola® Corn Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 heads of garlic; ¼ of the garlic head sliced off to expose tops of cloves
Aji verde sauce:
  • 2 cups of cilantro
  • ¼ cup of low-fat yogurt
  • ¼ cup of crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeds removed
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ teaspoon of Kosher salt


  1. Step 1) Prep and butterfly your chicken. Place on half of a baking sheet.
  2. Step 2) In a small bowl, mix all marinade ingredients together until fully combined.
  3. Step 3) Brush the whole surface of the chicken with marinade ingredients, ensuring to get the nooks and crannies. Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate at least 4 hours, or overnight for maximum flavor.
  4. Step 4) Preheat grill to about 400–425°F.
  5. Step 5) Roast chicken until thickest part of breast and leg reach 165°F. Depending on the size of your chicken, this should take about 45 minutes. If the skin begins charring too much for your liking, you can tent with foil.
  6. Step 6) While the chicken roasts, prepare the aji verde sauce. Using a food processor, blend all ingredients, taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  7. Step 7) Serve the chicken with the aji verde sauce and roasted garlic cloves.

Recipe by Maria Cooquette of @lacooquette