Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Aji Sauce

Whole chicken marinated in Peruvian flavors and grilled, served with a herbaceous green sauce, Peruvian Grilled Chicken is perfect for a summer BBQ.

Pin Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Aji Sauce here.
This is my favorite way to grill chicken now! Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Aji Sauce - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Dinner Recipe

My favorite ingredient to cook on a Sunday in summer (no scratch that, any time of year) is a whole chicken. When I think comfort food, a roasted chicken is the first thing that comes to my mind. In the summer, grilling is the perfect answer to the heat. I am always looking for new flavors to use and came across a recipe in an Epicurious cookbook for Peruvian Grilled Chicken.

Since I don’t know much about Peruvian food so I was intrigued. With this in mind, I checked out some other recipes to see how authentic the recipe was. All the recipes were very similar so why not give it a try? Even though you start with a whole chicken, you actually cut the chicken into quarters. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, ask your butcher to cut it for you. You can also simply buy chicken thighs or chicken breasts. For this recipe, be sure to buy the chicken still on the bone with the skin. Both will help the chicken stay moist and add a little flavor.
This is my favorite way to grill chicken now! Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Aji Sauce - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Dinner Recipe

The recipe from the cookbook did not include the sauce, but I loved the idea of adding Aji sauce. It is a fantastic way to add delicious flavor and herbs to the chicken. Even though I did cook the chicken with the skin on, I took it off before we ate it. The sauce added lots of delicious flavor back. Sauce kind of makes my world go around anyway, I’ll find any excuse to have some type. Another note about the recipe, marinade it the night before. The marinade is very easy to whip up so go ahead and let the chicken absorb all that scrumptious flavor. It will also save you some time the next day preparing dinner. Take a little trip to Peru with us by making Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Aji Sauce.

This is my favorite way to grill chicken now! Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Aji Sauce - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Dinner Recipe

If you want to be sure to see Food Done Light’s next recipe, Turkey Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps, subscribe by email below. You won’t want to miss it.

This is my favorite way to grill chicken now! Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Aji Sauce - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Dinner Recipe

Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Aji Sauce

Course Chicken, Dinner
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 156 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 5 cloves garlic smashed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sweet smoky paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp 2% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lbs whole chicken quartered about 3 1/2 .

Sauce

  • 2 jalapeno roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh packed cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1 clove garlic smashed
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup 2% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In a blender, puree the soy sauce through yogurt..
  2. Place the chicken into a large plastic bag and pour marinade over the chicken.
  3. Close up the bag and massage the marinade into the chicken.
  4. Refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.
  5. Heat your grill to medium-high heat with the coals on one side for indirect grilling. Oil the grates well.
  6. Drain the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel.
  7. Place the chicken, skin side down, on the grill side without coals. Put the lid down and cook for 15 minutes.
  8. Turn the chicken over and shut the lid again. Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken breast has reached a temperature of 165•.
  9. Place on a cutting board and let rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Sauce:

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse until sauce is mostly pureed.

Recipe Notes

*Nutritional value is without skin

I calculated 5  Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Adapted from The Epicurious Cookbook

Nutrition Facts
Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Aji Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g 24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

But wait, there’s more. Check out these deliciously, low calorie chicken recipes:

Lemon Rosemary Grilled ChickenLemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken

Roast Chicken with Grapes and Onions

Roast Chicken with Grapes and Onions

Zesty Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Bake

Zesty Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Bake

Comments

  1. Step one states to blend soy sauce through oil. I do not see oil listed in the ingredients.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Alissa, I've fixed the recipe. I had originally made it with oil then substituted yogurt. Loved the yogurt version so there is no oil in the marinade. Thank you for catching my error.
  2. Re: the marinade, the instructions are to blend soy sauce through oil...there is no oil listed. How much oil should be used? Please reply to me on email. Thank you. This recipe sounds delicious.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Sharon, I've fixed the recipe. I had originally made it with oil then substituted yogurt. Loved the yogurt version so there is no oil in the marinade. Thank you for catching my error.
  3. I'd certainly call that the "PERFECT CHICKEN!" Love the cooking method and that sauce is just a perfect finish!
  4. I adore Peruvian cuisine!! Gorgeous pictures too, I love the brightness of that lovely green sauce contrasting with the darker, warmer hue of the chicken.
  5. My mother-in-law is Peruvian so I can say with authority that Peruvian food is DELICIOUS. Looks amazing Christie!
  6. Look at that chicken skin! This looks so good, that sauce is beautiful!
  7. Grilling season is definitely not over yet! I love this peruvian chicken and that sauce looks awesome. I feel that that could go on so many dishes so it is a great one to have in the index!
  8. I'm always looking for good chicken recipes! This looks great! I think my family would love it!
  9. This looks so good! And I had never heard of this sauce before, but it sounds delicious! :) I bet it pairs perfectly with the chicken.
  10. This recipe should be called "heaven on a plate". I didn't have a whole chicken so I used boneless chicken breasts. Grill malfunctioned so I sautéed them on the stove. Otherwise I made this recipe to exact measurements. I will be making this again and again !
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Suzanne, You have put a huge smile on my face this morning. So glad you like this recipe and I loved the picture.

Trackbacks

  1. […] Food Done Light – Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Aji Sauce […]
  2. […] you want to be sure to see Food Done Light’s next recipe, Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Aji Sauce, subscribe by email below. You won’t want to miss […]
  3. […] Sauce and seasonings inspired by Food Done Light and The Gourmet Gourmand. Wordpress Recipe Plugin by EasyRecipe 3.4.3177 Enjoy this Peruvian […]
  4. […] Food Done Light – Peruvian Chicken with Aji Sauce […]
  5. […] Food Done Light – Peruvian Chicken […]
  6. […] you want to be sure to see Food Done Light’s next recipe, Peruvian Grilled Chicken with Aji Sauce, subscribe by email below. You won’t want to miss […]

Speak Your Mind

*