Home > Dinner > Peruvian Chicken Peruvian Chicken June 25, 2019 | 19 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Cumin and paprika-spiced chicken is served alongside a crisp arugula-corn salad and topped with an addictively tangy green sauce. This Peruvian Chicken is packed with flavor and sure to be a family favorite! We’ve got texture, color, and flavor in this dish! And unlike roasting a full chicken (pollo a la brasa), we’re sticking to just boneless breasts (or thighs) to ensure you still have all the great flavors, without the 1+ hours of roasting time. I have a favorite place to get Peruvian chicken near me and I thought it was about time to recreate a simpler version. This Peruvian-inspired chicken, green sauce and salad is everything I could ever want in a meal — so much flavor, all the perfect textures and lots of color from the veggies! And if there’s one thing we can all probably agree on, it’s that dry, bland foods are forgettable and less appetizing. So today I’m using a deliciously creamy mayonnaise to create a sauce that is anything BUT forgettable. We’ll smear the deliciously spiced Peruvian Chicken with this sauce and then drizzle it over the simple arugula salad. I’m ready to make this dish again, just writing about it! 🙂 How to make Peruvian Chicken Marinade: Start by mixing together a quick marinade/rub for the chicken breasts. You’ll want smoked paprika (not sweet) for this recipe. Salad: This salad is quick and uses a lot of the same ingredients that are in the marinade. Whisk the dressing ingredients together or shake it all up in a jar. Don’t toss with the salad until you’re ready to eat. Grill: Cook the chicken, red pepper, and corn on the cob on a gas or charcoal grill. You can also use a grill pan or skillet for this recipe. More tips on grilling below! Green sauce: While the chicken is cooking, prepare the green sauce (see below!). How to make the green sauce The sauce is the crucial element that ties this Peruvian Chicken meal together. It’s essential to use a good, high-quality mayonnaise for flavor and creaminess. To make the sauce: Give the jalapeños and garlic a quick coarse chop and then add to a high-powered blender. Pile all the other ingredients right on top and blend until smooth. It’s important to test your sauce for personal preference. Adjust seasonings and lime juice first and then adjust for spiciness. To increase spiciness, add more of the jalapeño’s seeds and ribs. I recommend starting without adding in seeds and ribs and slowly adding to personal heat preference. Keep in mind that not all jalapeños have the same amount of spiciness. Recipe tips Toss the salad with the dressing right before serving to keep it from getting soggy. Leftover salad doesn’t sit well with the dressing. If you have time, make the green sauce in advance so it has time for the flavors to meld and intensify (note that the spiciness also increases). Make sure to slice the chicken in half, and/or pound the breasts (this is best accomplished by a meat mallet) into an even thickness before marinating. This allows the chicken to soak up more flavor from the marinade (improving taste), and the even thickness will allow them to cook evenly. Once it’s finished, let the cooked chicken rest, tented with foil, for 5-10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute. QUICK TIP when cutting corn kernels off the cob after grilling, an easy way to keep those kernels from flying all over the room is to use a Bundt pan. Stand the cob in the hole, and use a knife to scrape downward. The kernels will all land in the cake portion of the pan! Peruvian Chicken side dishes Instead of serving Peruvian Chicken with the salad, how about serving it over or with rice? Add a hard-boiled egg (see my tutorial on this deviled egg recipe) to the dish. Add a side of beans (Peruvian-style in the instant pot). For a starchy side dish, try boiled fingerling potatoes tossed with butter and parsley (papitas al perejil). Another starchy side option: fries! More delicious (chicken) meals Jamaican Jerk Tacos Mango Chicken Bruschetta Chicken Chimichurri Chicken Pesto Chicken Tortellini (one pot) FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Peruvian Chicken 5 from 7 votes - Review this recipe Cumin and paprika-spiced chicken is served alongside a crisp arugula-corn salad and topped with an addictively tangy green sauce. While Peruvian Chicken might look overwhelming at first glance, many ingredients are used multiple times, but written out twice (or three times) for easier reading. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Peruvian Chicken 5 from 7 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Cumin and paprika-spiced chicken is served alongside a crisp arugula-corn salad and topped with an addictively tangy green sauce. While Peruvian Chicken might look overwhelming at first glance, many ingredients are used multiple times, but written out twice (or three times) for easier reading. Course Dinner, Main Course Cuisine Peruvian Keyword peruvian chicken Prep Time 25 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Marinating Time 6 hours Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes Servings 4 servings Calories 417kcal Cost $8.73 IngredientsChicken marinade2 large (~1.5 pounds) chicken breasts halved horizontally and pounded to even thickness1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice1 teaspoon honey1/2 teaspoon minced garlic1 tablespoon olive oil1/2 teaspoon EACH: smoked paprika and ground cumin1/4 teaspoon dried oreganoFine sea salt and freshly cracked pepperSalad2 fresh ears corn1 large red bell pepper2 tablespoons red wine vinegar2 tablespoons lime juice2 teaspoons honey2 tablespoons olive oil3-4 ounces arugulaOptional: cotija queso mix, 1 large avocado (thinly sliced or chopped)Green Sauce2-3 large jalapenos coarsely chopped (Note 1)1 cup cilantro lightly packed and coarsely chopped; some stems are fine1 teaspoon minced garlic2 tablespoons olive oil1/2 cup mayonnaise1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice1/4 cup sour cream InstructionsCHICKEN MARINADE: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon olive oil, smoked paprika, ground cumin, and dried oregano. Season to taste with salt and pepper; I add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Halve chicken breasts horizontally. Using a meat mallet or the bottom of your frying pan, pound breasts to even thickness (you don't want the meat super flat, just even in thickness). Place the prepared chicken in a large plastic bag and pour the marinade mix over. Seal the bag without air and knead to coat all the chicken in the marinade. Refrigerate for 30 minutes up to 6 hours. If possible, make the green sauce now too, so it has a chance to sit and flavors can intensify.COOK CHICKEN: Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat (about 400 degrees F.) Generously oil the grill (I drench a rolled-up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it over the grill grates. Don't skip this step.) (Grill pan: add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan) Place the marinated chicken on the grill. Discard any leftover marinade. Grill for 10-12 minutes, flipping once halfway through, or until chicken juices run clear and internal temperature is at 165 degrees F.SALAD: Grill the corn on the cob and red pepper (See Note 2). In a Mason jar, add the red wine vinegar, lime juice, honey, olive oil, and salt + pepper to taste (I add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper). Shake to combine. In a bowl, toss the arugula, corn cut off the grilled cob (slightly cooled), and chopped bell pepper. Add dressing right before serving (you may not use all the dressing, but we like a generous amount). Toss to combine, taste for seasoning.SAUCE: In a high-powered blender, add the following: jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, olive oil, mayonnaise, mustard, lime juice, and sour cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I add 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper). Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust to personal preference. Note: the heat increases as the sauce sits.ASSEMBLE: Serve grilled chicken alongside a generous helping of salad. Sprinkle cheese on top. Add sliced avocado if desired. Serve with a side of green sauce or drizzle it over everything. Recipe NotesNote 1: This is about 1 cup chopped jalapenos, remove ribs and seeds before adding to the blender. Use more or less, depending on heat preference. The sauce's heat does intensify as it sits. Note 2: How to grill corn: Preheat a grill to medium-high heat, around 400 degrees F. Once hot, clean the grill grates. Remove the husks and silk from the corn. Pour about 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil on each corn cob and rub that oil into all the sides. Very lightly sprinkle salt and pepper on all sides of the corn. (Remember, the cotija cheese is quite salty, so you don't want to add too much salt here.) Place corn directly on grill grates and close the grill lid. Cook (temps remaining at 400 F) for about 3 minutes per side undisturbed. Using tongs, rotate and continue cooking for about 12 minutes total. When all sides are browned, remove from the grill onto a plate. To grill pepper: Rub vegetable or olive oil over the pepper and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place on the grill, rotate every 3-4 minutes for a total of 10 minutes or until charred to preference. Remove all veggies and let cool before chopping. Nutrition FactsCalories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2166IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. 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