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4 pieces of grilled pollo a la brasa - peruvian chicken

Peruvian Pollo a la Brasa (Split Roasted Chicken)

Peruvian Pollo a la Brasa is a scrumptious recipe but be sure to make the two Peruvian sauces to go with it, they are phenomenal and why Peruvian cuisine is world renown.
Servings 4
Calories 88kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


  • 1 whole chicken 3 1/2 to 4 pounds
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin, ground
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil



  • Place the chicken on a large cutting board, breast side down. Using sharp kitchen shears, remove backbone by cutting along either side of it. Turn chicken over and lay out flat. Press firmly on breast to flatten chicken. For added stability, run a metal or wooden skewer horizontally through chicken, entering through one thigh, going through both breast halves, and exiting through other thigh.
  • Combine salt, cumin, paprika, pepper, garlic, vinegar, and oil in a small bowl. Spread mixture evenly over all surfaces of chicken.
  • Heat your grill to medium high heat or charcoal works great too.
  • Place chicken, skin side up, on cooler side of grill, with legs facing toward hotter side. Cover grill, with Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast registers 110 F Carefully flip chicken and place, skin side down, on hotter side of grill, with breasts pointed toward cooler side. Press down firmly with a wide, stiff spatula to ensure good contact between bird and
    grill grates. Cover and cook until skin is crisp and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast registers 145 to150 F, about 10 minutes longer. If chicken threatens to burn before temperature is achieved, carefully slide to cooler side of grill, cover, and continue to cook until done.
  • Transfer chicken to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Carve and serve with sauce.


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 2333mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1760IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.8mg