Peruvian Grilled Chicken

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

From Bon Appetit Does not include marinating time. Soy sauce was brought to peru by Chinese and Japanese traders and has become integrated into their cuisine.


  1. Marinate chicken:.
  2. Blend soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, cumin, paprika, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and oil in a blender.
  3. Put chicken in a large sealable bag and add marinade. Seal bag and marinate, chilled, 8 to 24 hours.
  4. Grill chicken:.
  5. If using a charcoal grill, open vents on bottom and lid of grill. Light a large chimney starter full of charcoal (preferably hardwood). When coals are lit, dump them out along opposite sides of bottom rack, leaving a space free of coals (the size of the quartered chicken) in middle. When you can hold your hand 5 inches above the grill rack directly over coals for 3 to 4 seconds, coals will be medium-hot.
  6. If using a gas grill, preheat all burners on high, then reduce heat to medium-high.
  7. Discard marinade, then pat chicken dry. Oil grill rack, then grill chicken over area with no coals (or over a turned-off burner), skin side down first, covered, turning over once, until cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes (add charcoal to maintain heat).
  8. note: If you aren't able to grill outdoors, chicken (quartered) can be roasted in middle of a 500°F oven in a 13- by 9-inch roasting pan with 1 cup water 30 minutes, then tented with foil and roasted until browned and cooked through, about 15 minutes more.
Most Helpful

Very tasty chicken! I used 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts that were on the large side so I doubled the marinade and kept in the fridge overnight. DH grilled outside and the chicken smelled so good while cooking. Moist and tender chicken with a spicy flavor but not hot spicy. Made and reviewed for the 2014 Culinary Quest - Cruisin' Culinary Queens.

lauralie41 August 24, 2014

Instead of using chicken pieces we went with boneless chicken breast skewers. I marinated the chicken for 3 hours. Turned out Great! I really didn't think my DH would like it as much as he did. He wants this as our go-to recipe for chicken fajitas and wraps. I really liked the lime/cumin flavor. Made for CQ 2014

Dib's August 23, 2014