Peruvian garlic-lime roasted chicken is a flavor-packed meal that is easy to make, working equally well in leftover meals.
I’ve always wanted to roast a chicken on top of a beer can. Especially since I don’t own a vertical roaster. Why bother, when a beer can works just as well? One less piece of kitchen equipment to store. BUT, you can totally skip the beer can and bake it on a vertical roaster like this one. (This post was originally published on January 14th, 2013 and has been updated to contain nutritional information and contains affiliate links)
Skimming through old copies of Cook’s Illustrated a few years ago, I came across this recipe for Peruvian Garlic-Lime Chicken. I was intrigued since it was roasted on a beer can! Since most of my favorite cooking magazines are now defunct, (Cooking Light, Gourmet) this is the only I still get by snail-mail.
The Peruvian roasted chicken looked delicious, and sounded perfectly manly and hearty.
There’s always a little trepidation when trying a new recipe. As good as it reads, there’s no guarantee that it will knock anyone’s socks off. These days, I really do strive to knock socks off.
All around sounds of pleasure accompanied this Peruvian chicken, and the family deemed this a “do-over”! The homemade mayonnaise is a must! My 18 year old kept going back for spoonfuls of the aioli-like, Spicy Mayonnaise. (Which actually wasn’t really very spicy at all!)
The original recipe called for a fiery hot habanero chili, but I substituted a flavorful, but milder serrano chili to tone it down for my family, but if you love spicy, stick with the habanero. I’ve also eliminated the 1 tablespoons of sugar from the original recipe.
For meal prep, you’ll want to prepare the marinade the day before you plan to roast. Marinate the bird overnight in a zip lock bag, and the following day cook it in the oven in just around an hour. While the bird is roasting, you can make the spicy mayonnaise.
Enjoy this delicious Peruvian roasted chicken!
Slightly adapted from Cook's Illustrated.
(If you don't have a vertical roaster, substitute a 12 ounce can of beer. Open the beer and pour out or drink about half of the liquid. If the top of the chicken becomes too dark during roasting, cover neck and wings with a square of aluminum foil.)
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 6 medium garlic cloves peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons finely grated zest and 1/4 cup juice from 2 limes
- 1 teaspoon minced habanero chile or 1 tablespoon of minced serrano...I used about 2 teaspoons serrano
- 1 3 1/2 -to-4- pound whole roasting chicken mine was about 5 pounds
Process all ingredients except for the chicken in a blender or food processor until a smooth paste forms, 10 to 20 seconds. Using fingers loosen skin over thighs and breast and remove any excess fat. Rub half of the paste beneath skin of chicken. Spread entire exterior surface of chicken with remaining paste. Tuck wingtips underneath chicken. Place chicken in a gallon-size zipper bag and refrigerate at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.
Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 325 degrees F. Place vertical roaster or can of beer in a baking pan. Slide chicken onto vertical roaster or beer can. Roast until skin just begins to turn golden and instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of the breast registers 140 degrees F., 45 to 55 minutes. Carefully remove chicken and pan from oven and increase oven temperature to 500 degrees F.
When oven is heated to 500 degrees F., place 1 cup of water in bottom of roasting pan and return to oven. Roast until entire skin is browned and crisp and thermometer registers 160 degrees F. inserted into the breast and 175 degrees F. in the thickest part of the thigh, about 20 minutes (replenishing water as necessary, to keep pan from smoking) rotating bird 180 degrees halfway through cooking.
Carefully remove chicken from oven and lest rest, still on vertical roaster or can, 20 minutes. Carve chicken and serve with Spicy Mayonnaise.
Peruvian garlic-lime chicken is moist and flavorful!
The Peruvian chicken is delicious with this spicy mayo recipe.
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon minced onion
- 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon canned pickled jalapeño minced
- 1 medium garlic clove minced or pressed (about 1 teaspoon)
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup vegetable oil I used olive oil
Process all ingredients except oil in food processor until finely chopped, about
seconds. With machine running, slowly drizzle in oil in steady stream until
mayonnaise-like consistency is reached, scraping down bowl as necessary.
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