Peruvian Chicken is a mouthwatering dish marinated in lime, chilies, and fragrant spices. It’s incredibly easy to make and you can grill it or oven-roast it.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Marinating Time: 1 hour

Total Time:  1 hour 45 minutes

Servings:    6 servings

Calories:      327kcal



  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 medium hot chili pepper chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Dash hot sauce optional
  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs

Cilantro Sauce:

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • Salt and pepper to taste




  • In a blender or food processor, combine the lime juice, olive oil, tamari, chili pepper, garlic, paprika, cuming, coriander, oregano, salt, and pepper. Blend to a coarse puree.
  • Adjust seasonings to taste, and add a little hot sauce if desired.
  • Place the chicken in a single layer in a large dish and pour the sauce overtop. Turn the chicken a few times to coat. Let marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
  • Set up your grill for indirect heat on one side. Place the chicken thighs, skin-side down, directly over the heat first.
  • Let cook, watching carefully for flares, until the skin is nicely browned and has grill marks, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Flip the thighs and grill over direct heat for another 4 to 5 minutes, then move to indirect heat until the thighs register at least 165ºF on an instant read thermometer.

Creamy Cilantro Sauce (optional):

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Drizzle over the chicken at the table.


Oven Roasting:

Preheat the oven to 400ºF and cook the chicken, skin side up, for 35 to 40 minutes. The internal temperature should reach 165ºF on an instant read thermometer.

Storage Instructions:

Store any leftovers in the fridge in a covered container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts:

Peruvian Chicken Recipe

Amount Per Serving (1 thigh)

Calories: 327Calories from Fat 203

Daily Value:

Fat :22.5g35%

Carbohydrates: 2.2g1%

Fiber :0.4g2%

Protein :31.1g62%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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