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Peruvian Roasted Chicken with Aji Verde Sauce, inspired by one of the best rotisserie chicken spots in New York, Pio Pio.

Peruvian Roasted Chicken with Aji Verde Sauce, inspired by one of the best rotisserie chicken spots in New York, Pio Pio.Peruvian Roasted Chicken

The best chicken spot in New York is Pio Pio. They make amazing Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken with Aji Verde Sauce. They are very secretive about what goes into their sauce but this is pretty close. Since I don’t have a rotisserie I roasted mine in the oven and cut it in half to make sure all the skin gets crispy. Serve this with a simple avocado salad or this is also great with tostones or rice and beans. For best results, marinate chicken overnight.

Peruvian Roasted Chicken with Aji Verde Sauce, inspired by one of the best rotisserie chicken spots in New York, Pio Pio.
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Peruvian Roasted Chicken

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Marinate Time: 6 hrs
Total Time: 7 hrs
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American, Latin
Peruvian Roasted Chicken with Aji Verde Sauce, inspired by one of the best rotisserie chicken spots in New York, Pio Pio.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 4 oz beer, I used Corona light
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt
  • paprika

Aji Verde Sauce

  • 2-3 jalapeños, seeded
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • pinch cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp fat free sour cream

Instructions

  • Wash chicken and remove all fat.
  • Place in a large bowl and season generously with beer, vinegar, lime juice, salt, garlic powder, cumin and oregano.
  • Place in a large bag and marinate overnight.
  • Remove chicken from bag, cut chicken in half and place both halves on a large oven safe baking dish, skin side up.
  • Discard marinade.
  • Sprinkle chicken with paprika and a little more garlic powder and salt and bake at 425° for about 50 minutes, basting with the pan juices half way through.
  • To test for doneness, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken; the thermometer should read about 160°F.
  • The chicken needs to reach an internal temperature of 165°F, but after the chicken is taken out of the oven it should rise to 165°.
  • Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before carving.
  • **TO BBQ- If you want to make this chicken on the grill, I would recommend cutting the chicken into individual pieces before you marinate. Position the grill rack 4-6 inches above the fire. Cook covered turning often about 20-25 minutes, until juices run clear when the thigh is pierced with a knife.

Aji Verde Sauce

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve over chicken, rice, beans or plantains.

Notes

Points+ with Skin: drumstick 2 pts, wing 3 pts, thigh 4 pts, 4 oz breast 5 pts
Blue Smart Points: 11
Green Smart Points: 2
Purple Smart Points: 11
Points +: 2.5
Keywords: aji verde sauce, peruvian chicken, peruvian green sauce, Peruvian Roasted Chicken, Roasted Chicken

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  1. This chicken was so juicy! I marinated it overnight and that night whipped up the Aji Verde Sauce and let that sit overnight too. I used low fat sour cream. I served this with a salad and everyone was happy.

  2. What is the calorie count for this dish? It only lists point values in the notes and I do not use a point system, just calorie counting.

  3. I am so excited to try this recipe based on all of the positive reviews.  Must I cut the chicken in half or can I roast it whole?  If I can roast it whole, how long would it take?
    Thank you

  4. What can I use to replace the beer? We are a true gluten free household (Celiac disease) and the beer has gluten.

  5. Has anyone tried to make it without letting it marinate overnight ?

  6. First time I had this chicken in Queens I fell in love..I said I had to get the recipe. I made the chicken & the aji verde sauce. It came out just like the restaurant. Now my kids request this recipe alot..

  7. Wondering what the smart point value is for this? Thanks in advance! 

  8. Hi Gina 
    How many points is this on current system? Can’t wait to try it

  9. Just made this with bone in chicken breasts. Delish. 6 freestyle points. I would marinate longer and double the spices. The sauce was delish. I reduced to one tablespoon of olive oil and used Greek non fat plain yogurt instead of the sour cream. 

  10. This was amazing! The sauce is so fresh and clean tasting. I did the chicken in the air fryer and it was so crispy on the outside and juicy in.

    • Hi! How long and at what temp did you cook it in the airfryer? I’m making this tonight and I’m sorta new to the airfryer!

  11. How many Freestyle points is this?

  12. You’ve confused “BBQ” with grilling – they are two distinct coming methods.

  13. Hi Gina!
    I love your website. I’ve been telling my friends and family about your website.
    I would love to make this…how much salt and paprika do I put for the marinade? thank you!

  14. I found this for the ‘other’ dipping sauce, but its very similar to yours
    DIPPING SAUCE

    2 tablespoons aji amarillo paste
    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    1/4 cup whole-milk yogurt or sour cream
    Juice of ½ lime
    Salt, to taste

  15. Hello! This looks GREAT!  What are the calorie counts for the chicken and sauce? I’m counting calories using an online app.

    Thanks!

  16. Hi Gina!

    PioPio is one of my favorites in NYC- do you happen to have a recipe for their yuca dipping sauce or avacado salad dressing!!!! Can't WAIT to make the green sauce! Could drink it!

  17. Im Peruvian and I cannot wait to make this healthier alternative!!! I got myself some Peruvian limes to kick it up a whole lot ;). Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Do you have the calorie counts for the chicken and the sauce? We're not doing WW but are counting calories with my fitness pal. Thanks!

  19. I can NOT believe I just came across this recipe!!! I've been eating healthy for about 2 months now and Skinnytaste is my favorite site. Add to that, Pio Pio is one of our favorite restaurants in NYC!!! My friend who lives there took us there several years ago and now we always go together when we visit. Can't wait to make this!

  20. Just like Pio Pio! Yum!

  21. Second time I have made it and it is still the bomb diggity good!!! So juicy! DELICIOUS!

  22. This is one of my favorite recipes of all time from anywhere. Every time I make it I fall in love a little bit more. The sauce is to die for!! I usually serve it with an avocado and tomato salad and plain rice. I used to make cilantro lime rice – but I love the sauce over rice so much it seemed like a waste of cilantro!!

  23. I made this 2 years ago and fell in love with it. The sauce is to die for!! The first time I made it exactly as Gina instructed and it was perfect! This time I'm using boneless, skinless chicken breasts and grilling it. It's marinating in my fridge right now and I cannot wait to have it for dinner!! This chicken is seriously good…and the sauce….mmmmm.. There just aren't words for how good it is!!

  24. We have a Pio Pio in Orlando. I'm not sure if they are affiliated with the one in NY but from the looks of that chicken and the sauce, I'm going to say yes. I CANNOT wait to make this. Pio Pio is my 8 yr old son's favorite restaurant. He (and my 4 yr old daughter) eats so much when we go there. Question – any ideas on how to make their white sauce?

  25. I know this is an older post, but I just made this for the first time tonight. I have a long to do list of recipes from your blog. My goal for 2013 was to learn to cook, and it's been a blast. Best yet, this recipe (and several others of yours) shut my friends up! We're gay men in our 20's, and I can't even tell you how many times I have to field, "So, what's in this? Anything bad?". You're a life saver. Plus, it tastes so good that my best friend eats 3 portions. Joke's on him (kidding'sh)! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    -G

  26. My family absolutely loved this. The sauce was delicious.

  27. I made this and it is fantasttic, the Aji Verde sauce is to die for, I also use the sauce on other meats as well and its delicious

  28. I made this chicken and it was absolutely delicious. I live in Northern Virginia and we have a ton of Peruvian chicken restaurants around, this recipe rivaled the best of the best! We loved the taste of this marinade so much we gave it a try on some boneless, skinless chicken breasts. We don't eat much dark meat and try to avoid the skin. We cubed the breasts and tossed them on a skewer on the grill. They were fantastic and we ended up with a new favorite marinade!

    For the Aji Verde sauce I added a bell pepper to make it thicker and the result seemed to taste closer to the sauce of our local restaurants.

    I love the white sauce as well and despite searching the internet for a recipe I couldn't find one. Hopefully someone can figure it out!

    Thanks for another great recipe!

  29. Well it looks really good on the picture. I'm from New York and I have to say their chicken is delicious ( pio pio restaurant). So I have to prepare this chicken myself. Is already n the fridge ready to be cook tomorrow . See how it goes…

  30. Hi Gina, first of all I just want to say I love your site. I made this for today's dinner and it was such a hit. I made it with the aji verde step by step and your chipotle cilantro lime rice which by the way is my new way of cooking rice. My bf is loved it and was wondering if you had a recipe for their (Peruvian) white sauce or yellow sauce

  31. Sorry, but this is not gluten free. Beer contains gluten.

  32. Hi Gina,

    This is listed as Gluten free but it has beer in it, which is not GF. Any substitutes to tenderize?

  33. We have a pio pio here in Orlando FL and they have an amazing WHITE sauce along with the green. Have any of you tasted the white version? And, do you think if i just left out all the green ingriedients we'd be left with the white sauce instead? I must try.

    Also a quick question on the vinegar. You said white vinegar- do you mean regular white vinegar or white wine vinegar?

  34. Gina, I live in the mountains, where we have 1 decent restaurant – and they don't serve Peruvian food. I love good food (I'm from Fiji originally), and lived in LA for 3 years, where there was a great Peruvian restaurant near me. I used to love their roast chicken and aji verde sauce! I'm so glad I can eat it again. Thank you! This was so good last night with the Puerto Rican Beans.

  35. made this for our Sunday dinner today. It was a HIT. Thanks so much.

  36. I have made this recipe probably 6 or 7 times. It is absolutely amazing. The chicken is so delicious and really hits the spot when you are craving pollo a la brasa. Also, the aji verde is amazing. My husband was floored that I was able to make the sauce, and make it so tasty. I always make extra aji verde and freeze it because it is great on almost every protein.

  37. Thank you! Thank you so very much! This was served to me once when I was fourth grade and I loved it so much. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to ask the host what kind of sauce she used. I'm so used to eating curry and this was different in a good way. No one could tell me yet I found out it was the aji verde! Her chicken and the sauce looks EXACTLY like the one you posted above!!! My search for what this sauce is over. 😀

  38. Is this ok to feed kids being that it has beer in it?

  39. Just made this and it was AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for the recipes:}

  40. Peruvian Baked Chicken from skinnytaste.com website and some homemade mac & cheese. I really liked the chicken Bt

  41. I live in Northern VA and we have tons of Peruvian Chicken places and I am always looking for a good recipe. This has come the closest and it is so good! Thank you for the great recipe

  42. This is a delicious recipe! We are making it for the second time this week. We had something similar while in San Franciso recently on our honeymoon so this brings back lovely memories…

  43. I have never cooked with beer before and I am excited to try. However, all I have in the fridge is dark beer. Would this work or do you recommend something on the lighter side? Thanks!

  44. Does anyone know how to make the white garlic sauce?

  45. Three words, or should I say three letters…OMG!!! SO good! Will make over and over again, even when hubby is off WW =) I've tried close to a dozen recipes now from your website and absolutely love EVERY one. Thank you again for what you do!

  46. Pio Pio is one of my favorite places, I love their chicken so I can't wait to make this. It looks just as delish as theirs.

  47. Hi Gina! I am on your website every day! I absolutely love all of your recipes and love sharing them with my friends and family. I am Peruvian and was so excited to see this recipe. I can't wait to try it out. Do you have any others on your site? A lot of our dishes are so fattening (but delicious). I would love to try skinny versions of my favorite Peruvian recipes. 😀 And just letting you know that you ROCK! Gissell

  48. That sauce sounds really yummy! Just a heads up – that peruvian sauce that Pio Pio uses is huacatay sauce (I'm peruvian and can never find the right stuff to make it!) Here's a link to the recipe from a site (this site isn't mine, but that recipe is about right) http://www.holypollo.com/post/Recipes-Aji-de-Huacatay.aspx

  49. Awesome recipe! This was super yummy and probably one of the best recipes I've ever made. I can't wait for the leftovers! The only thing I did differently was use FF greek yogurt in place of the FF sour cream. The green sauce is amazing! The chicken meat is so flavorful and moist. The skin was perfectly crispy and I probably ate more than I should have! Thanks so much for this recipe!

  50. Gina WOW you are an amazing person your recipes are just MAGNIFICENT. My mom name is Gina and well she is not good of a cook as you lol. Tried this recipe two nights ago and well me and the hubby feel in love with it,the flavors were so delicious, and the sauce well were to i begin it was SLAMMING!!!! Hubby had leftovers today for lunch and he said it taste good as when i first made it thank you… your such a genius.

  51. This was such a hit at out home. I did make some changes, I took out the back bone to chicken so that it'd lay flat and easier to cut into pieces. I have a family of 7 and everyone including my grandson who's quite a picky eater at it all including the sauce. I made it with black beans and white rice. I also did a brine on the chicken for about 8 hours before marinating the chicken in the suggested fashion. Overall I was told that it needs to be added to the dinner menu. Oh and I did 2 chickens for leftovers.

  52. Gina what sides can we serve with this? I have never experienced Peruvian food and I would like to keep the sides authentic.

  53. This recipe was a huge hit with my husband and I. Thank you, Gina! I want to add that this makes phenomenal chicken salad leftovers, too. We shredded the remaining chicken with the sauce…husband made a sandwich with it and I had it over salad. So, so good!

  54. Can someone please help telling me what i can use in substitution of the beer, or will this recipie not taste the same without it? we dont drink beer, so i was wonder what to sub for it before i try this recipie thanks

  55. I made this chicken with the baked rice and peas for dinner last night…Gina, you are amazing!! It was SO delicious – my husband (who doesn't like rice) ate an entire plate of rice and went back for 2nds on both the chicken and the rice! The aji sauce was so fresh and tasty too! I did have to cook my chicken about 15 minutes longer than stated in the recipe, but it was worth the wait to get it just right! This is definitely a keeper – but then everything I have made from your recipies always is!!! Thank you!

  56. oh my goodness Gina! i cannot believe you know about Pio Pio! just went there over the holidays and the Arroz Chaufa is SO good! is there anyway to make a skinnier version of that and the Lomo Saltado????? thanks!

  57. One word: AMAZING! I have made this so many times and it is delicious. One of my favourites.

  58. I LOVE Pio Pio!!!! Their chicken is the best in town, hands down!!! I've been working on another recipe for this chicken that comes pretty close, but the taste doesn't penetrate much either. Wonder how the beer tasted will be…I add it to my pollo guisado, so this will be interesting. Off to buy some chickens tomorrow! Woot woot!

  59. Oh my goodness, I just got a flash back. Growing up, my parents use to send us to Peru for the summer. My Great-Aunt use to make it with HOMEMADE Mayo. If only, then I valued the meaning of her cooking. I crave and miss it so. I will need to try this. Thank you for bringing me back to the carefree days of having someone cook such wonderful Peruivan dishes.

  60. I just made this for dinner tonight and it came out DELISH! My husband and I are big fans of Peruvian chicken and I never thought it could be done at home. The green sauce also came out perfect! Thanks for sharing! This was my first Skinnytaste recipe and now I'm hooked! Keep sharing!

  61. I just found your site off of Pinterest and have been telling everyone about it (one of my friends already knew about your site and told me it's where she has been getting all her great recipes she has made during our family dinner swaps. – So, I was a bit peeved she didn't tell me about your site since she has known about it for so long! Stinker:-) Anyways, I am so glad I found your site and think it is amazing. Thank you for all the great recipes, recipe box, and shopping list. You are this stay at home mama's dreamboat! And I can't believe you have this peruvian sauce on here, we just had a dinner for some missionaries in Peru at our church and had this sauce and I was going to google the recipe. Great job! Thank you for all your hard work and great recipes!!

  62. This was really yummy! Very interesting, as I have never halfed a chicken!! I had no sour cream for the sauce, so I used the kraft mayo with olive oil and it turned out good!

  63. ive made this half a dozen times and me and my husband always fight for the legs, so this time i made it with all chicken legs and it turned out just great, so dont be afraid to change it up! how ever once i made it with all skinless breasts, yea that came out way too dry.plus im really a dark meat kind of girl.

  64. This was delicious! The green sauce is spot on. Next time I may try injecting some of the marinade, because the flavor was great, but it didn't penetrate the meat like I hoped it would. Thanks for this recipe! It's a keeper.

  65. Hey Guys. Just incase you are wondering this recipe is NOT gluten Free. The Beer contains barley and hopps which contain gluten! Hope no one got sick from eating this thinking it was Gluten Free!!!

  66. Hi Gina. I've been trying some of your recipes this past week and wanted to tell you that I am really enjoying them. I am also from NY and also Hispanic so I'm especially enjoying your spanish recipes. This recipe here looks amazing but i'm wondering if you can actually taste the beer thats in it or does that kind of cook off?? Thanks again for sharing all of these wonderful recipes.

    • You cannot taste the beer used in the marinade. It's I believe used to tenderize the chicken….it's really a wonderful recipe to try.

  67. Don't know if this has been covered (so many comments!), but this was listed under gluten free recipes and beer is not gluten free.

  68. OMG. So delicious. Super amazing recipe. One i will make over and over again.

  69. This is really delicious!! I served it with white rice and the baked tostones. Can't wait for the leftovers.

  70. Just made this. Amazing!!!! Had it with the avocado salad and a bit of couscous. Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow.

  71. Gina– my boyfriend are vegan New Yorkers and we both LOVE your site– a friend referred me here and I think I made like, 4 recipes in one week. Every dish you have is a knock-out, and I was SO HAPPY to see the Pio Pio green sauce on here– before when we were just vegetarian (not very strict, since I'm sure it was made with stock) we'd get the black beans, rice, green sauce and the garlic sauce and tostones for a meal. Now we have to figure out a sub for the sour cream, but we will DEFINITELY be making this. When I told my boyfriend I found this he was REALLY excited, and was curious if you had a recipe for the garlic sauce, as well? We would be SO grateful for tips on that one, the brightness of that sauce just complements the green sauce so nicely!

  72. This was my first ever Skinnytaste recipe to try out (visited the website thanks to a friend's suggestion). I really cannot stress enough how much my whole family loved this, and it was very affordable! The sauce was so amazing, and honestly one of the best things I've made…I told so many people about it!! Thank you!! This website is a really great resource!

  73. Katherhan- interesting! Here in ny they use jalepeno, probably since they are more available here.

  74. Hi, i wanted to say that i feel honored with this recipe. i'm from Peru and this is a very authentic peruvian dish. It's called Pollo ala brasa or Roasted chicken. i'm so making your recipe this weekend and have it with avocado salad. I just wanted to mention that the sauce is made with aji Verde, a Peruvian spicy chili, but it actually looks orange on the outside, so the sauce is yellow-orange. You can find it in the frozen section in any latin store. Thanks for sharing this recipe with everyone.

  75. I have this in the fridge marinating!! As a previous New Yorker I am VERY excited! I have a hankering for Pio Pio! I hope this is the fix as we now live in Minneapolis! 🙂

  76. Isn't it wonderful! We love it over rice and beans!

  77. I live in CA and have never even heard of Pio Pio, but I knew I wanted to try this recipe just from seeing your picture! Wow… I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful that sauce is… it certainly IS addicting! I only used 1 jalapeno, because my husband is a wimp, and had to use apple cider vinegar since I was out of white, but it was still delicious! I can't stop daydreaming about the endless possible foods to put that sauce on! It's way too hot here to roast a chicken again anytime soon, but when the weather cools off, this will be top on my list to make again, and I think I may double, or even triple, the sauce recipe.

  78. We loved this sauce! Hubby was amazed when I told him this was a WW recipe!

  79. The Heineken is a regular beer not light…will that change the points?? Sorry I didn't clarify that before. Ashley

  80. You could use any light beer, enjoy!

  81. Hi Gina,
    This recipe looks delicious…can't wait to make it. Can you use Heineken instead of Corona Light? Will it change the points? Thanks, Ashley

  82. Just came from Pio Pio for lunch…perfectly cooked chicken every time. I need to log the nutrition content and came cross your recipe. Can't wait to try it myself this weekend for the family. I'm also curious about your other recipes as I'm now on a low fat, low salt and full of life diet. Keep 'em coming. Krys

  83. I'm so glad you all enjoyed this! And that it looked like my photo. I eat what I photograph 🙂

  84. I'm sure it's fine since most of it gets tossed before cooking.

  85. Thanks for all the recipes. I can't wait to try this one. Would it effect the points if I don't use a light beer?

  86. I made this tonight and it is PHENOMENAL!!! Thank you Gina! I normally don't post on this type of thing – but it was so good – and I noticed that a lot of people comment on how good your recipes sound but they haven't actually made them yet. So – here I am posting. Also – my dish looked just like the photo – it is annoying to me when recipe pictures posted have obviously been taken by a food stylist and look nothing like the actual dish. This was great all the way around!

  87. I made this last night and it was amazing! I bought the chicken already cut up so it was easier to marinade (and fit in my fridge) in a cassarole dish. I used 2 Tbsp Greek yogart instead of the sour cream. Great recipe, thanks!!

  88. I don't measure the salt, I just generously sprinkle the chicken all over with it.

  89. How much salt do you put??

  90. I made this last night with your Cuban rice with black bean recipe. It was amazing! I subsituted the chicken with turkey legs and it came out great.

  91. Gina everything in your blog looks amazing! Pio Pio is one of my fav restaurant in the city mainly because of the green sauce and chicken! Going to try your Pio Pio style roasted chicken tonight..

  92. Isn't it wonderful!! As someone who knows Pio Pio, I'm so happy you approve!

  93. I made this last night for dinner and it was amazing. It tasted just like the chciken from Pio Pio, actually I am going to say better because the last time I was there the chicken was not as flavorful as it usually is. After I devoured it I called my mom and bff to let them how delicous it was. The chicken was so tender even though it stayed in the oven longer than you recommended because my 7 month old was screaming his off.

    This chicken will become part of my Sunday dinner rotation. I cannot wait to have guest over to taste my Pio Pio chicken.

    Thanks for your recipes.
    Soly

  94. I loved this! I can't wait to make it again very soon. I have not been disappointed in any recipe I tried from your site. Thank you!

  95. This was off the chart! After me and the husband finished the wings, legs etc – i cut up the breast and threw it over a salad! The favor of the beer added a little something extra to the salad. I am not a beer drinker and i truly enjoyed this dish. Thanks Gina!

  96. Can this be updated to see the points plus values? I love Pio Pio and if the sauce tastes just like theirs I am going to want to put it on everything! it looks amazing!

  97. Wow, this was so tasty – even reheated! I just used chicken breasts w/ skin & bones. TY again, Gina!

  98. Yes, absolutely!

  99. Just wondering if you can make the Aji Verde sauce the night before too? I'm so excited to try this recipe tomorrow night!

  100. I could eat this every night!!

  101. Super-tasty. I used 4 drumsticks with thighs attached, and marinated for 24 hours. I treated myself to having one thigh with skin for dinner tonight, then removed the skin from the rest of the chicken for leftovers – the skin only gets limp when reheated in the microwave anyway. Very flavourful and moist chicken. Oh, almost forgot, the sauce was great too!

  102. just made this for dinner along with a red beans and rice dish. the sauce was so delicious that people started fighting over it! thanks for a delicious and healthy recipe. also, i subbed plain yogurt for the sour cream and noone seemed to notice.

  103. Tiffany, I know!!! This is pretty damn close to the real deal!

  104. I'm so beyond thrilled to have found your site to begin with but now this?!?!?! Pio Pio's sauce is like crack to me and it's one thing I miss about living in NY. I've always wanted to find a similar recipe (if not THE recipe). THANK YOU!!!

  105. I LOVE this recipe, and the aji verde sauce!! Isn't it addicting!! Now this is my kind of meal!

  106. I made this tonight and it was so delicious!!! My family loved it!!! Definately a keeeper!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  107. I made this tonight and it was SO delicious!! I used the larger recipe for the Aji Verde (White beans are on our dinner list too!) and oh my gosh, I love it! I'm fighting from honestly eating it by the spoonful!

    I only used 10 jalapeños but next time I will definitely use at least 12!

  108. Excellent! 🙂

  109. Oh my gosh, I'm so excited about this. I want to make it tonight but I'll try to hold off until tomorrow so it can marinate overnight. I just started weight watchers and you (and this site) have been a life saver! My super diet food phobic husband is constantly asking for your lighter saltimbocca and cordon bleu :). THANK YOU!

  110. Love the skin 🙂

  111. Hi Gina,

    I made this last weekend and it was incredibly yummy, I even ate the chicken skin which I never do. Lol. My friend is Peruvian so I've enjoyed authentic Aji sauce for years and now I'm glad I can make it at home. Yay!

  112. Awesome!! I'm glad a Pio Pio lover approves!!

  113. YUMM jUST MADE IT FOR LUNCH , MY HUSBAND WANTS IT FOR LUNCH EVERY SUNDAY , WE ARE BOTH FANS OF PIP PIO BUST SINCE MOVEING TO FLORIDA CAN GET TO ENJOY MY CHICKEN AND Aji Verde CAME OUT PERFECT , THANKS FOR THE RECIPE

  114. Sure, you could also use chicken pieces if you wish. Use a thermometer, the chicken needs to reach an internal temperature of 165°F when it is done.

  115. Hi Gina,
    Instead of a whole chicken, could I just use bone-in chicken breasts? If so, how long do you think I should roast them for?

  116. I don't know that using something else will give you the same results. If it's about the alcohol, maybe you could use a non alcoholic beer.

  117. Gina… what can I use instead of beer to make this meal?

  118. This was incredible.. I felt like I was eating at a Peruvian restaurant! If I hadn't made it myself, I would have never believed it was a home-cooked meal. Everything was so flavorful & moist & I could have drank that Aji Verde sauce, YUM!! I served this along with your cilantro-lime rice which was also incredible & corn on the cob which I rolled in the Aji Verde sauce.. SO good! Thanks for a great recipe!!

  119. I cook it uncovered.

  120. Do u cover the chicken or leave it uncovered? I dont want it to dry out lol

  121. @Steffy- LOL!!

  122. I was in shock how good this was! My hubby said he should buy me a bigger ring after I fed this to him… Thanks Gina!

  123. This was SO good! We used a non alcoholic beer. I usually do not like chicken for leftovers but the aji verde sauce was so good!!! Hubby and I loved it. A definite keeper! :O)

  124. You could always use a non alcoholic beer if you don't drink alcohol. Or leave it out but it won't be the same.

  125. Is there an alternative to the beer?

  126. You're husband has good taste! I know, I love this chicken! And it's good with the sauce, gives it a little kick!!

  127. Gina,

    My hubby is so happy with you tonight! I made this dish along with the Southwestern Black Bean Salad, and he was in heaven! I completely forgot about the sauce though, but I will definitely do it next time…because there WILL be a next time very soon (and I have the ingredients for it too). 🙂

  128. You share my love of Peruvian chicken!!

  129. holy freakin cow! made this last night and followed the recipe exactly, well except i didnt marinate over night, only four hours and it still came out amazing! definetly a repeater, skin was crispy and chicken was so moist. best thing ive had so far out of all your recipes, and i love them all but this one took the cake!

  130. Gina, this was so good!! We grilled marinated chicken breasts and the sauce was unbelievable. Thank you for this recipe!! I'm going to make the roasted broccoli w/ smashed garlic tonight. 🙂

  131. I made this for Easter dinner. It was terrific – very moist and DEElish!

  132. @Janet- You're welcome!

    Keep the skin on, just remove any excess fat if there is any.

    @mini- I know, it's not too spicy but so much flavor!

  133. Sooooo good! Marinated over night and it was worth the wait. I want to put that sauce on everything! Not hot at all, just tasty. I doubled the garlic in mine. Ate it with brown rice and black beans and I'm stuffed

  134. I noticed that you said to "remove that fat does that mean the skin too??? In your pic it's seems like the chicken still has the skin on?

  135. I made this on Sunday and it was fabulous! My family loved it and the chicken very moist! Thanks for all the great recipes Gina!

  136. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I trim all the excess fat on it, but I leave the skin on. Let me know how it comes out, it will be lower in points without the skin.

  137. Hi and sorry but this recipe is confusing, the picture shows it being cooked with the skin on but your instructions state to remove all the fat, so I did and am marinading it now, will let you know how it cooks up without skin on it 🙂

  138. The chicken had great flavor even though I only had 2 hours to marinate it. I grilled it "under a brick" and it was delicious.

    I thought the sauce was a bit thin and 3 jalapeños made it too hot. I researched Aji Verde and see that the original peruvian sauce uses white cheese and evaporated milk, so I added fat free cottage cheese to thicken it and cut the heat a bit. It turned out yummy.

  139. Thanks for reminding me, I need to make this again really soon!

  140. This chicken turned out great! Thanks for the recipes. I cooked it with no skin but exactly as the recipe says and it came out very moist.

  141. You're welcome! I must make this again soon, love this recipe 🙂

  142. I made this chicken and the sauce and YUMMY!!! Hubby and I just loved it. Thanks for the great recipe!

  143. Well, I pulled out a frozen chicken to make this in my crock pot the other day only to find my chicken had gone bad. I already made the marinade for it, but didn't have any other chicken in the house. I did have a skirt steak though, so I used that instead. The flavor was awesome! I will definitely be making it with chicken at some point!

  144. @Melanie, I'm not sure how it would turn out in a crock pot. The skin wont be crispy but the flavor would be good. Let me know how it turns out if you make it in the crock pot!

  145. This looks great! Do you think it could be made in the crock pot while I'm at work during the day?

  146. VERY good recipe. I just made the chicken (without the sauce). Marinated it overnight and then cooked it "beer can chicken" style in the oven. Took 2 hours, but the chicken came out deliciously moist on the inside and wonderfully crisp on the outside. My husband and son loved it! They tore apart a 5 lb chicken and only left 1 drumstick, 1/2 a breast and 1 thigh. Thanks for another yummy recipe, Gina!

  147. Poi Poi is totally the BEST spot for chicken! I went there for the first time, less than a month ago. 🙂 I can hardly wait to try out your recipe and put it to the test.

  148. This chicken recipe is just tempting. I can’t resist my appetite. Keeps me pushing into the kitchen.

  149. I tried it this weekend with tostones and a salad, it was so delicious! thank you!

  150. I just may have to go to PIO PIO for a fix, love, LOVE their chicken. Thanx for the recipe will try it soon. Sauce looks close, not sure about the half and half tho.

  151. @PBSwine, I don't like anything too spicy either, it has a little fire, but not an out of control heat. If you remove the seeds and the membrane it's not that hot. I'm sure making an avocado sauce instead would be fabulous!!

    @LK & Kevin It's great!

  152. I really like the sound of the aji verde sauce and the chicken looks tasty!

  153. holy moley this is making me drool!!!

  154. Hi! PBSwine here. Chicken looks beyond awesome! The sauce sounds WAY too hot for me. I can’t eat hot/spicy sauces or salsas. What if I substituted avocado for some or most of the jalapenos?

  155. @Marta, points vary depending on which chicken part you eat. See the points at the top. I couldn’t decide what to label it so I went in the middle.

  156. Only 4 points for this dish?! Wow! this is great, thanks for sharing it! It looks so hearty and satisfying. Beer is great for marinating chicken, it goes right into the meat, tenderizes it and adds so much flavours. The sauce must be dynamite!

  157. Look at that chicken… wow! Looks delicious, Gina!

  158. I am loving that sauce!

  159. @AidensMom Thank you! I don’t recall the size of the chicken. Sorry, I should have noted that.

  160. @ Caligirl, yes I have considered adding calories. Can you tell me what Mastercook is?

  161. Just curious if you have ever considered including calories for your recipes in addition to WW points? I am a calorie counter and have made several of your recipes, but I always have to go back and enter all of the ingredients into Mastercook to come up with the calories. Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes! 🙂

  162. This looks fantastic. I haven’t had Peruvian chicken in years (since I lived in NYC) and now I’m craving it!

  163. Mmm, this sounds really good. Great picture, too 🙂

  164. This looks amazing! Love peruvian chicken and actually just had it on Saturday. Great photo!

  165. I have been forever trying to find a recipe for the green sauce. It is sooo addicting and I swear they must put crack in it too. haha. My boyfriend is Peruvian and he doesn’t know how to make it either. I’m going to try this recipe and hope it’s yummy. 🙂

    • http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/03/peruvian-aji-amarillo-green-sauce-recipe-pio-pio-restaurant-nyc.html

      This sauce tastes exactly like Pio Pio's. However, it has mayo and cotija cheese, making it less healthy than the sauce listed here.

  166. Gina, I love your blog, just wanted to tell you that.
    What size chicken did you use?
    Thanks!!

  167. @waisze Yeah, not sure if it’s mayo, cream or cojita cheese, I’ve seen recipes using different ingredients but why add more points I figured. If I could kidnap one of the cooks at Pio Pio, I would!

    @MaryBeth, I’m sure this would be amazing on the grill!

  168. Sounds wonderful. Think I will marinate it and let hubby cook it on the grill

  169. I actually just made this last night and I used a recipe similiar to your aji sauce. It called for mayo instead, but i’m sure the non fat half/half would be healthier. I love Pio Pio! Will definitely try this version soon, thnx.

  170. I will definitely be trying this one out one of these days. LOVE new chicken recipes that are just a little bit different.

  171. I wish I wasn’t a fan of chicken! Sure, but the cooking time would be a lot shorter.

  172. Gina….do you think this would be ok without skin on? Boneless, skinless chicken breasts? I’m not a fan of chicken skin. Please let me know!

    • I tried this recipe after both of my (grown) daughters raved over it, but I pre-cut the chicken AND removed the skin….not a good move. The chicken quite dried out w/o the skin to keep it moist. I suggest following the recipe as is and then removing the skin before eating. I'm about to try it again, the way it was written!

  173. mmm, this looks so tasty, I love food from other cultures

  174. oh my goodness…i am so making this!!!! It looks divine and a perfect spring/summer recipe – YUM!!!!!