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Oven-roasted Peruvian chicken on a platter with Peruvian chicken sauce in the background.
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Oven-Roasted Peruvian Chicken

Juicy and loaded with flavor, you don't need a rotisserie to get a delicious meal with this Oven-Roasted Peruvian Chicken!
Prep Time13 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time48 minutes
Course: Keto Dinner Recipes, Main Course
Cuisine: Latin
Keyword: peruvian, roast chicken, roasted chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 484kcal
Author: Chef Jenn


  • 6 chicken leg quarters
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano regular oregano is fine
  • 1 lemon zested and 2 tbsp of juice set aside
  • 1 tsp salt

For the Peruvian Chicken Sauce

  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 jalapeno seeded
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt


To make the Oven-Roasted Peruvian Chicken:

  • Combine the minced garlic, cumin, avocado oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, paprika, salt, oregano and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
  • Place the chicken quarters in a large bowl and rub them all over with the spice rub. Work some of the mixture in under the skin of the thighs.
  • Place the chicken in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake in a pre-heated 400-F oven for about 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165-F.
  • When cooked, put the chicken under the broiler for 2-3 minutes or until the skin starts to get crispy. Serve with the Peruvian Chicken Sauce.

To make the Peruvian Chicken Sauce

  • While the chicken is roasting, make the sauce. Remove the jalapeno seeds and put the jalapeno, mayonnaise, cilantro leaves, lime juice, and garlic into a food processor.
  • Pulse the food processor until the sauce is smooth. You may have to scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl.
  • Season with salt and serve alongside the chicken.


Serving: 1chicken leg quarter and about 2 tbsp of sauce | Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 720mg | Potassium: 398mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 328IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg | Net Carbohydrates: 4g