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Grilled Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce and Avocado-Tomato Salad |www.feastingathome.com

Peruvian Chicken

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Description

You’ll love everything about this Peruvian Chicken (Pollo a la Brasa) with Aji Verde Sauce!  It’s easy and bursting with flavor; this can be made in under an hour, baked in the oven, or cooked on the grill- perfect for weeknights or special gatherings.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 1/22 pounds chicken (thighs or breast, boneless, skinless- see notes) Or substitute portobellos!

Marinade:

Peruvian Green Sauce (Aji Verde) : 

  • 1/2 cup sour cream or mayo (see notes for vegan option)
  • 1/2 jalapeño (use less for less spicy)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro- thin stems ok.
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • a squeeze of lime ( 1 tablespoon, save other half for salad)

Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad

  • 2 cups diced or sliced English or Turkish cucumber
  • 12 perfectly ripe avocados, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes ( yellow and red are nice )
  • cilantro leaves for garnishing
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • generous, 5 finger pinch kosher salt
  • squeeze of lime

Optional Bowl Additions- cooked Cilantro Lime Rice or Mexican Pinto Beans…. or both.


Instructions

  1. Preheat Grill to medium-high, or preheat OVEN to 425F. 
  2. If making rice, start this now on the stove.
  3. Make the marinade in a small bowl. Using a garlic press, finely mince the garlic and place it in the bowl. Add oil, lime juice, honey,  cumin, paprika, coriander, oregano and salt and optional soy sauce. Stir. Toss it with the chicken in a bowl, coating all sides well, and/ or brush it onto the portobellos. Marinate while the grill heats up or overnight for more flavor. (The portobellos will soak up the marinade so if marinating overnight go lightly, reapply before grilling.)
  4. Make Peruvian Green Sauce by placing all the ingredients in a blender and blending until relatively smooth, scraping down the sides if necessary.
  5. Grill: grill the chicken and/ or portobellos, searing both sides well ( using a metal spatula to flip) then turn the heat down or move to a cooler side of the grill to allow the chicken to cook through. Portobellos will cook faster, so plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  6. Bake: Place the chicken on a parchment-lined sheet pan and bake until cooked through; 165F for chicken breasts and 170F  for chicken thighs.
  7. Make the salad by placing the diced cucumber in a wide shallow bowl. Add avocado, spacing it out evenly. Add a few cherry tomato halves. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Squeeze with lime juice. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
  8. Serve with the Cilantro Lime Rice. If making bowls, place ¾ cup rice on the bottom of the bowl, add sliced chicken or portobellos to one side, avocado salad on the other side and drizzle with the cilantro sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

Chicken: Feel free to use bone-in, skin-on chicken, although cooking time will increase.  Traditionally, in Peru, a whole chicken is marinated then roasted in the oven, which you can also do!

A note on Peruvian Green Sauce ( Aji Verde): Mayo is traditional. I prefer a blend of sour cream and mayo.

***This can easily be made vegan by subbing vegan mayo, or instead of mayo, using 1/4 cup raw cashews and 1/4 cup water, with a tablespoon of lime juice and upping the salt to 1/2 teaspoon, blending in a high-powered blender. If your blender is not “high-powered” soak the cashews for 4 hours first, so they soften.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: -with chicken breast, one avocado and the green sauce
  • Calories: 241
  • Sugar: 2.1 g
  • Sodium: 146.5 mg
  • Fat: 17.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.5 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Cholesterol: 48.4 mg