Pollo ala Brasa drumsticks

Oh the famous Pollo ala Brasa of Peru! This is something that tastes mighty close, but if you got a chance to try the real ones in Peru – go for it!

It’s a fragrant, spiced, roasted chicken that rotates in the rotisserie and tastes totally amazing! Don’t forget the sauces and fried potatoes that accompany it. It completes the meal!

We usually would go to Nory’s Peruvian Restaurant in Lake Forest, CA to get our Peruvian meals when I don’t want to cook, and they have really good food and service! However, because of Covid-19, I tried this recipe that a coworker gave me. It’s easy to make and very tasty so I’m sharing it here hoping one day you will try it!

You can definitely use whole chickens like they traditionally do, but since I do not have a rotisserie barbecue, I opted for the easier to grill drumsticks. I use a Ninja grill indoors as it is easier to use than an outdoor charcoal grill but you can grill this too if you prefer that.

Sorry I forgot to take pictures of the sauces! 😞

1 package chicken drumsticks (2.5-3 lbs)

Spice rub:

3 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons lime juice
4 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

Mix everything for the rub together and massage all over the the chicken, rubbing some underneath the skin. Refrigerate for a few hours, or even overnight.

Green sauce:

5 jalapenos, seeds and veins removed
1 cup chopped cilantro
1 yellow onion
1 garlic clove
1/3 cup queso fresco
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/3 cup canola oil
kosher salt to taste

Place everything in a blender and whirl until smooth. Transfer to a clean, covered bowl and set aside.

Yellow sauce:

1 yellow onion
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 cup ají amarillo paste
1/2 teaspoon huacatay paste
1/3 cup queso fresco
1/4 cup canola oil
kosher salt to taste

Place everything in a blender and whirl until smooth. Transfer to a clean, covered bowl and set aside.

Fried Potatoes:

6 potatoes, peeled and cut into French fries sized sticks

Oil

Salt and pepper

Toss potatoes with 2 tablespoons oil and salt and pepper to taste. Heat 2 Tablespoons oil in a pan for a few minutes, add the potatoes and cook until golden. Turn on the other side and cook that until browned and crispy. Place on paper towel lined plate.

Meanwhile cook chicken in an air fryer at 390F, 20-25 minutes, until cooked through. Chicken is done if when pierced by a fork, the juices run clear.

Serve with yellow and green sauce.

Enjoy with garlic rice and fried potatoes.

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