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Peruvian Roasted Chicken (Pollo a la Brasa) & Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Peruvian Roasted Chicken (Pollo a la Brasa) & Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients for 6 servings

  • ~3lb whole chicken (note: nutritional data calculated if skin is removed after cooking)
  • Rub
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
    • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
    • 5 garlic cloves, minced using a microplane
    • 2 tablespoons vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons sea salt
    • 2 teaspoons fresh cracked pepper
  • 1lb Brussels sprouts, halved or quartered
  • 1 medium (white) onion, roughly chopped
  • 1  tablespoon olive oil
  • generous pinch of sea salt & pepper


Step 1

If you have a day to spare,  I recommend you try dry brining the chicken.  Simply peel back the skin and rub salt under the skin on the breasts, thighs and legs.  Refrigerate overnight.  This will result in a crispier and even juicier chicken.

Step 2

Set oven or fire up your grill to 420F/216C.

Step 3

Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.

Step 4

Mix together the ingredients for the rub. Then massage the chicken under the skin and on top with the rub.  Be thorough – Peruvian chicken is very flavorful!  Let it marinate at room temperature for 20 – 30 minutes.

Step 5

Toss the Brussels sprouts and onions in a bowl with olive oil, sea salt and pepper.

Step 6

Place the chicken on a metal rack set inside of baking tray.  This is the ideal set up to capture the juices for gravy and so that the chicken doesn’t cook in oil/fat.  Placing the sprouts around the chicken on the rack will also help them to be extra crispy.

Step 7

Roast for about 40 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F/74C.

If needed, reduce the heat to 400F/204C if you see the veggies burning.

Step 8

Once the chicken has finished cooking, remove it from the heat then place a tent of foil over it to keep it warm while it rests.

Step 9

Enjoy with delicious Peruvian aji verde (salsa)!

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Prep 30min
Cook 45min
Total 75min

Nutrition per serving

About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!