Peruvian Chicken With Green Sauce
Recipe type: chicken, paleo, whole30
Cuisine: recipe adapted from: Epicurious
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Serves: 2-4
This is the perfect roast chicken... and don't even get me started on the sauce... it's so good!
  • For chicken:
  • 1 4-1/2 lb whole organic chicken, spatchcocked (backbone removed and chicken pressed flat)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs cumin
  • 1 Tbs paprika
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • juice from 1-1/2 lemons
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • For green sauce:
  • 1 bunch of cilantro (thick stems discarded)
  • 1-inch piece of a serrano pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • the juice of 1-1/2 limes
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ⅓ cup of a healthy mayonnaise
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Lay the chicken on a baking sheet.
  3. Gently loosen the skin from the breast and thighs by slipping two fingers in between the skin and flesh.
  4. Combine remaining chicken ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. Gently spread about 2-Tbs of the spice mixture under the skin.
  6. Season the outside of the skin with salt.
  7. Place in the oven.
  8. Brush the skin with some of the remaining spice mixture, every 20 minutes, and continue roasting until done (170°F on an instant-read meat thermometer). Mine took about 1 hour.
  9. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let it rest 10 to 15 mins.
  10. Meanwhile, make the sauce by pureeing all of the sauce ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  11. Cut up chicken and serve with the sauce on the side.
  12. Enjoy!
Recipe by Kitchen of Youth at