Peruvian Chicken with Aji Verde Sauce

Roasted chicken with green sauce and potatoes

Our Family Trip to Barcelona

Picture this. Barcelona, 2017.. We had just landed in country, saw some sights, and was starving. It wasn’t the paella or jamón that filled our bellies. It was this delicious chicken from El Dorado Chicken, a Peruvian restaurant in Barcelona. When I got home I started my search for a Peruvian chicken with aji verde sauce recipe. It tasted like heaven and I wanted a bit of heaven at home. Throughout all of our travels, there have been many places where we have eaten and have been blown away. This was one of them.

This is what it looks like before we get a good family picture.

How to Spatchcock a Chicken

spatchcock a chicken to quickly and evenly cook the Peruvian chicken with aji verde sauce

I have learned that cooking Peruvian chicken with aji verde sauce is all about the layers of spice. Cooking a chicken whole has a level of nostalgia to it that I love. However, I do find it much simpler and quicker to cook a chicken spatchcock style. Spatchcock is just simply cutting the chicken open from the back, removing the breast and backbone. Basically, you are flattening the chicken so that it could potentially cook more quickly and evenly. I do find that to be a quick and easy way to roast a whole chicken on a weeknight.

Marinade for the Peruvian Chicken with aji verde (Spicy Cilantro) Sauce

One thing that I have found to be true when making a marinade is you get to blend it with what is pleasing to your tastes buds. If you can’t find a particular ingredient, most times, that is perfectly okay. Substitute it with something else and elevate the flavor in a different way. If you don’t like cumin, use caraway seeds or garam masala. The wonders of cooking occurs when you can look at a recipe and make it your own. This is what I would like to invite you to do always with a recipe; make it into something you and your family love.

marinade ingredients for Peruvian chicken with aji verde sauce

Peruvian Chicken with Aji Verde Sauce (Spicy Cilantro Sauce) Recipe

Roasted chicken with green sauce and potatoes

Peruvian Chicken with Spicy Cilantro (Aji Verde) Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

With the right spice and love, you can be trasnported to Peru for dinner tonight with this juicy chicken and smooth spicy green sauce.


  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp aji amarillo paste , or sriracha
  • 1.5 tsp chili paste, or powder
  • 1 tbsp lime, juiced
  • zest lime, zest a whole lime
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt, Himalayan preferred
  • 1 whole chicken, spatchcocked

Spicy Cilantro Sauce (Aji Verde)

  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 2 jalapeños, remove seeds and stem
  • 2 serrano peppers, for extra heat if needed
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parmigiano Reggiano, Use cotija or feta cheese. I only had Parmigiano on hand. It was just as tasty.
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lime, juiced, add zest from lime if you choose
  • 1 tbsp oregano, dried or fresh
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, extra virgin
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Make the marinade for the chicken. Combine the following in a large container: garlic, soy sauce, aji amarillo paste (or sriracha), lime juice, chili paste (or powder), dijon mustard, cumin, pepper and salt.
  2. Add chicken to the container with the marinade. Let the chicken sit marinate for at least two hours. Overnight is better.
  3. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Take the chicken out of the marinade and remove excess moisture by patting the chicken with paper towels. Drizzle oil on chicken (breast side up and sprinkle with salt. Place chicken in oven.
  4. Roast the chicken for about 35-45 minutes. The chicken should be cooked to a temperature of 165 degrees.
  5. Remove the chicken from the oven and loosely cover it with foil. Let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.
  6. Enjoy.

Spicy Cilantro Sauce (Aji Verde)

  1. Add all the ingredients to the food processor (with the exception of the olive oil, salt, and pepper): cilantro, jalapenos, serrano peppers, cheese of your choice, garlic, lime, oregano, honey, mustard, chili powder, and cumin. Mix until well combined.
  2. Once all ingredients are well combined, drizzle the olive oil in while food is still mixing.
  3. Remove from foor processor and pour into container. Add salt and pepper as you need.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300
Peruvian Chicken with Aji Verde Sauce

Family Trips Mean I get to Eat

Christy Irene in Barcelona with Family
This was the picture taken after many tries and many dance moves.

There is this wonderful feeling that occurs on the inside when I go someplace and the food is so incredible I bring the memories back with me and aim to recreate them. My aim on a family trip is to spend time in such a way that in 20 years the kids look back and still feel my love. So while the trip is to create memories and solidify the family bond, it also fills my desire to taste amazing food and experience it in the place it originated; I get to taste how the dish was originally meant to be experienced. Sometimes I really like it, Sometimes I don’t (like the one time we were eating Bouillabaisse in Marseille, France… Ummmm.).

What are some of your favorite foods that you’ve eaten out and had to recreate? Want to try another chicken dish? Try this recipe for a quick and easy Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup!

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  • Reply
    November 8, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious that now I’m starving! I am pinning your recipe so that I can try making it later!

    • Reply
      Albany Navarre
      January 22, 2020 at 11:52 pm

      I’m always thinking of new stuff to do with chicken and this looks good. Love the website and I’m so proud of you????

      • Reply
        Christy Irene
        January 23, 2020 at 2:13 pm

        Thank you so much, Sweet cousin!

  • Reply
    Amber Myers
    November 8, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    5 stars
    Yum, what fabulous flavors here! I will have to make this for dinner one night. It looks incredible.

  • Reply
    November 8, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    im a huge chicken fan and i love making a yummy dinner like this ! i cant wait to try this version.

  • Reply
    November 8, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    My daughter’s best friend this year is a foreign exchange student from Barcelona. I may have to invite him over for dinner and make this dish to see what he thinks. It does look amazing!

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    Chef Dennis
    November 9, 2019 at 5:12 am

    5 stars
    This recipe is really mouthwatering! And it’s making me super hungry. I love that Spicy Cilantro Sauce on it. Its really perfect

  • Reply
    November 9, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    We are big fans of chicken over here. And we have never tried Peruvian chicken before. I bet my husband and son would enjoy that especially since it’s spicy. They like it hot and spicy.

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    Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers
    November 9, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    We love chicken in our household and I can’t wait to give this recipe a try. It would go perfect with the cilantro lime rice too.

  • Reply
    November 10, 2019 at 5:22 am

    5 stars
    That chicken looks delicious after seeing the ingredients, I am going to try this aji verde sauce. You know I am cilantro fan. this sauce fits perfect for me. I don’t know much about peruvian cuisine. Thanks for introducing me to that.

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    Ruth I
    November 10, 2019 at 7:16 am

    5 stars
    This looks tasty! I’ve never tasted before so I’m curious of the taste. I love trying out new recipes.

  • Reply
    November 10, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Cilantro and spicy chicken count me in! I will make this one, thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply
    Amy H
    November 10, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    We eat chicken quite often – and are always looking for new ways to cook it. I will have to try Peruvian Chicken with Aji Vere Sauce!

  • Reply
    Monica Y
    November 11, 2019 at 2:12 am

    I love Peruvian food and need to try this recipe soon. It would be perfect for our monthly international potluck

  • Reply
    November 11, 2019 at 6:47 am

    I can’t think of a specific recipe I have wanted to recreate but my daughter was in Barcelona this past September and she is eager to try your recipe!

  • Reply
    November 11, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    5 stars
    This chicken looks delicious. I love a dish that has some heat to it so this would be perfect for me!

  • Reply
    Stephanie Stebbins
    November 12, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    5 stars
    Yum, yum, yum. I am definitely going to try this tonight!

  • Reply
    November 12, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Oh wow! I think my family would love this! We’re going to have to try this.

  • Reply
    November 13, 2019 at 10:19 am

    5 stars
    This looks really tasty. I like a spicy recipe.

  • Reply
    Margaret Smith
    November 13, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Yum, I bet my family would really enjoy this recipe.

  • Reply
    catherine santiago jose
    November 13, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    5 stars
    I love chicken a lot and this recipe of yours will definitely like by my loved ones, it look so delicious!

  • Reply
    November 13, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    This chicken looks so yummy and mouth watering. I need to try it x


  • Reply
    November 13, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    5 stars
    This looks delicious!

  • Reply
    November 14, 2019 at 4:19 am

    5 stars
    This looks super delicious! I love to recreate drinks and food that I try and like. I try to create a healthier version of the food or drink.

  • Reply
    November 14, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Another chicken recipe I am yet to try. We do not eat pork nowadays because of its possible treat in our country so we eat chicken and vegetables a lot. Will definitely give this a try.

  • Reply
    November 14, 2019 at 5:22 am

    This recipe looks awesome, I’m just sad that there are ingredients not available here.

  • Reply
    November 14, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Funny this is El dorado chicken and I just visited El Dorado,AR! This is a real interesting recipe!

    • Reply
      Christy Irene
      November 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      How cool! I hope you had a lovely time!

  • Reply
    Jackline A
    November 14, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Omg, my mouth is watering through the screen. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I want to try it this weekend.

    • Reply
      Christy Irene
      November 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      I hope that you will enjoy it. 🙂

  • Reply
    November 14, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    I don’t eat chicken so this recipe is definitely not for me. I do hope that Peruvians have a wide variety of vegetarian dishes as well.

    • Reply
      Christy Irene
      November 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      It’s a pretty big country. I am sure somewhere there is a vegetarian dish. 🙂

  • Reply
    November 14, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I love finding a new recipe to try. I’m always so scared I am going to mess it up somehow. This looks easy enough for me though. Thanks!

  • Reply
    November 14, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    OMG…. this recipe looks really spicy.

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

  • Reply
    Ceci Rey
    November 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe makes me hungry! I love to try new recipes…will have to try this one!

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    Celebrate Woman Today
    November 16, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Love your easy recipes. So delicious and filled with taste and traditions.

  • Reply
    November 18, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I’ve never tried this before, but it looks and sounds so good! I love chicken, so I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try this week. Thanks for sharing!

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