Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce

This Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce is packed with flavor and the perfect way to add some international flair to your next barbecue | platingsandpairings.com
This Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce is packed with flavor and the perfect way to add some international flair to your next barbecue | platingsandpairings.com

This Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce is packed with flavor and the perfect way to add some international flair to your next barbecue.

This Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce is packed with flavor and the perfect way to add some international flair to your next barbecue | platingsandpairings.com

We’ve been doing a lot of grilling in our new house. The main reason? It’s just so much easier to get to our patio. In our old house, you’d have to leave the kitchen, go downstairs, and get to the patio through the living room. Now, our patio and grill are just right outside the kitchen – So much easier, and you can keep an eye on things while you’re doing prep work in the kitchen. Mr. Weber and I have become good friends this year.

I’ve been cooking up these Lemon Chicken Skewers with Harisssa Yogurt Sauce on the regular. And, just recently, I threw some kale onto the grill for a Grilled Kale Caesar Salad with Fennel and Radishes. And, let’s not forget the most amazing of cocktails – Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margaritas.

Today, I’m throwing a new recipe into the mix. My friend Angela told me about this amazing Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce that she makes and it totally peaked my interest. The chicken has all the flavors going on – garlic, soy sauce, cumin. I had my butcher quarter the chicken for me, and then just let it marinate overnight. When you’re ready, throw it onto your preheated grill and let it cook for about 30 minutes – Quick and easy and perfect for a weeknight dinner.

But the best part about this Peruvian Grilled Chicken is the amazing creamy green sauce. Very similar to my beloved Mojo Sauce, but creamy. It’s tangy, spicy, and totally addicting. I pretty much drown my chicken in it.

I love this meal because it’s casual, but unexpected. It’s perfect for entertaining because the majority of the work can be done ahead of time, it doesn’t need much babysitting and the kitchen stays clean. Think warm summer nights, on the patio, with good music, and some refreshing beverages.

This Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce is packed with flavor and the perfect way to add some international flair to your next barbecue | platingsandpairings.com

Are you a fan of grilling in the summertime? Or, are you lucky enough to grill year-round? What are some of your favorite barbecue dishes?

This Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce is packed with flavor and the perfect way to add some international flair to your next barbecue | platingsandpairings.com

Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Peruvian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Author: Platings & Pairings
This Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce is packed with flavor and the perfect way to add some international flair to your next barbecue.
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Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole chicken quartered, about 3 1/2 pounds
  • Black pepper

Green Sauce:

  • 3 jalapeños seeded, ribs removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Chicken:

  1. Puree soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, cumin, paprika, oregano, a pinch of black pepper, and oil in a blender.
  2. Put chicken in a large ziploc bag and add marinade. Place in refrigerator and allow to marinate for 8 to 24 hours.

Green Sauce:

  1. Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in a blender process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Grill chicken:

  1. Charcoal: Distribute lit coals along opposite sides of bottom rack, leaving an empty space, about the size of the quartered chicken, in the middle. Allow it to heat to high by fully opening the vents on the bottom and lid of grill. The grill will be ready when you can hold your hand 5-inches above the grill rack for about 3-4 seconds.
  2. Gas: Preheat all burners on high, then reduce to medium-high heat.
  3. Oil the grate of the grill and grill chicken over area with no coals (or over a turned-off burner), skin side down first, covered, turning over once, until fully cooked, 30-35 minutes (adding charcoal to maintain heat).

Note:

  1. If you prefer to cook indoors, the chicken can be roasted in the oven. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees and place the chicken pieces in a 13x9 inch roasting pan, along with 1 cup water. Roast uncovered for 30 minutes, then tent the pan with foil and cook for an additional 15 minutes, until browned and fully cooked.

Wine Pairings for Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce:

•A heavier bodied white wine will stand up nicely to the spices in this dish – Try a Chardonnay or a Rhone-style white blend.
Malbec and Tempranillo are both great pairings for spicy dishes – They’ll work well with this grilled chicken.

This Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce is packed with flavor and the perfect way to add some international flair to your next barbecue | platingsandpairings.com

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17 comments

  1. Create/Enjoy

    That sounds so delicious! The grilled, charred, spicy chicken combo sounds perfect for summer. We have a grill on the deck right next to our kitchen but we’re not supposed to use it since it’s charcoal, new HOA regulation, ugh… but we might bend the rules sometime and use it quickly! Glad you’ve been getting a lot of good grilling in this summer!

    Your photos are always perfection!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      It’s such a bummer when the grilling plans are thwarted! Thanks for the kind words 🙂

      Reply

  2. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    This chicken sounds amazing, and I bet it’s doubly delicious with an ice cold Heineken!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Everything is better with beer (or wine), right Marlynn?!

      Reply

  3. Raz

    That looks so good!!!! Yum! I’m hungry again!

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  4. Erin

    We love Peruvian chicken with green sauce here! I’ve never grilled it but now I think I must! We just finished a renovation and getting a grill that was accessible to the house was a priority! We are lucky enough to grill year round here in NC. Can’t wait to try this.

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    1. Erin

      You definitely ARE lucky to be able to grill year-round Erin – I’m a bit jealous of that!!!

      Reply

  5. Patrick Martin

    What would be a good veggie side? I’ll be grilling this up soon!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Patrick – I think this would be amazing with some grilled corn or grilled peppers. Enjoy!

      Reply

  6. Ramon

    If you are ever in nyc, there is a place in Queens that serves a chicken dish very similar to this. If i remember correctly, the name of the restaurant was Pio Pio. The green sauce is amazing. Thank you for posting the recipe. Can’t wait to try it!!!
    Ramon

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  7. david

    What type of wine would you pair this dish with?

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    1. Erin

      Hi David – If you’re looking for a white wine, go with something with a bit of body to it – A Chardonnay or Rhone-style white blend would work well. As far as red wine goes, a juicy Tempranillo or Malbec would be amazing. Enjoy!

      Reply

  8. Lola

    I’m not sure what you mean by “1 pounds whole chicken quartered, about 3 1/2” … does that mean
    “1 whole chicken quartered, about 3 1/2” (with the word ‘pound’ removed)?

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    1. Erin

      Hi Lola – It should be 1 whole chicken, quartered (about 3 1/2 pounds). Hope this helps!

      Reply

  9. Benjamin

    Made this last night and it was excellent. My only suggestion would be a little less Cilantro. Otherwise.. outstanding!!! 24 hr marinade is a must. I grilled over lump charcoal. Skin was fantastic.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m glad you liked it Benjamin!

      Reply

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