Peruvian Pollo a la Brasa

Peruvian Pollo a la Brasa

Pollo a la Brasa is a rotisserie chicken and often served with Aji verde sauce. In our recipe, chicken strips are fried to reduce the cooking time. This popular Peruvian dish gets its smoky sour taste and red color from fruity-sweet aji panca chili pepper. Aji panca is one of the main condiments in everyday Peruvian cooking. It is very mild and good to use in sauces and stews as well.



  • 1.5 lb boneless chicken pieces [1] cut into 1-inch strips

Grill - Marinade

  • 1/4 cup dark beer
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce [2]
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic grated

Salad - Bean & Corn

  • 1 can Lima or kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn frozen
  • 1-2 lime or lemon for juice

Sauce - Aji Verde

  • 1 green bell pepper finely chopped [3]
  • 1 green onion finely chopped [3]
  • 1-3 green jalapeno pepper finely chopped (optional) [3]
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 1-2 lime or lemon for juice
  • 4 oz queso blanco or feta plain

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Pollo a la Brasa Culinary Spice Kit

  • Aji panca pepper, smoked paprika, mild chili pepper, cumin, rosemary, black pepper

Suggested Sides

  • French fries
  • cooked rice
  • roasted bread slices
  • mashed potatoes


Grill - Marinade

  • In a CONTAINER, mix 1/4 cup beer, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp vinegar, 5 cloves garlic, Pollo a la Brasa spices, and salt to taste.
  • Add chicken. Mix well. Cover.
  • Let it marinate in the fridge for 1 - 3 hours.

Salad - Bean Base

  • In a BOWL, add beans and corn. Mix well.

Salad - Dressing

  • In a CUP, add 3 tbsp lime or lemon juice and 1 tbsp oil. Mix well.
  • Pour dressing over the salad base.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Let salad rest for 1 hour.

Sauce - Aji Verde

  • In a BOWL, mix chopped veggies and herbs (bell pepper, green onions, green jalapeno pepper, garlic, cilantro or parsley).
  • Season with 2 tbsp lime or lemon juice and 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add cheese and mix well.
  • Optionally, season with salt & pepper to taste.

Grill or Fry

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium-high heat.
  • Fry chicken until crisp and cooked through.


  • Serve chicken with salad, Aji Verde sauce, and your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!


[1] Substitute chicken with pork chops. 
Alternatively, grill 2 lbs whole chicken pieces with skin.
[2] Find tips to substitute soy sauce on our blog.
[3] Optionally, add all vegetables in a food processor and pulse for a couple of times.
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