Cast Iron Peruvian Chicken

This dish is inspired by the lovely rotisserie chickens served at Peruvian Chicken joints.  Cast Iron Peruvian Chicken is rubbed with a warming spice & herb mix and roasted on high heat.  The chicken is served with aji verde and piles of cilantro.  Honey Lime Potato Salad is a nice dish to serve alongside the chicken.

Aji Verde 

Aji Verde- "green sauce" can be made a few days in advance.

Roast Chicken

  • 1 garlic clove grated
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 1/2 t fresh oregano finely chopped
  • 1 lime (zest)
  • 1/2 t rice wine vinegar
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 1/4 t cracked black pepper
  • 1 free range whole chicken

Combine all ingredients (except chicken) in a small bowl.  Rub paste all over chicken and in cavity.  Place chicken, uncovered, in fridge overnight.  Place a large cast iron pan in oven and preheat to 450°F.  While oven and pan are heating, remove chicken from fridge.  Once oven reaches 450°F, take cast iron pan out of oven, and place chicken in pan- breast-side up (no oil or additional fat is needed).  Roast chicken for 25 minutes.  Take pan out of the oven, turn oven down to 425°F, and flip chicken over in pan- breast-side down.  Roast for 10 minutes.  Remove chicken from oven again, flip chicken over in pan-breast-side up.  Roast for 10 more minutes.  Remove chicken from oven (internal temp. should be hitting 155-160°F) and remove from cast iron pan.  Allow chicken to become cool enough to handle.  Carve chicken into drumsticks, thighs, breasts, and wings- set aside.

Cast Iron Peruvian Chicken Plating:

  • carved chicken - divided into 2 portions
  • 2 large ramekins of aji verde
  • 1 bunch of cilantro leaves- divided
  • assorted peppers
  • 1 lime halved

Place half of the carved chicken on each plate or tray.  Serve with a ramekin of aji verde and a lime half.  Scatter cilantro and chilis around chicken.  Finish chicken with flake salt and cracked black pepper.

Pairing: 

cocktailCilantro Margarita

beer: Czech pilsner.  A clean pilsner with some spicy floral notes really compliment the heat here.  Some beers to look for: Great Divide Nomad, Peak Organic Fresh Cut, von Trapp Bohemian Pils.