Smoked chicken has always been a favorite of mine. It’s simple, flavorful and easy to cook. However, sometimes you just want to take the flavors up a few notches, and this recipe definitely does that. Read on for my “Smoked Chicken Peruvian Style” recipe!
For the last few months, I’ve been working on a new cookbook. As part of that, I’ve been bringing in a lot of international flavors into my grilling and BBQ-ing, and I’ve fallen in love with some of the seasonings and flavor profiles in the world. Peruvian Roast Chicken has been a popular recipe for a while, but I wanted to make it a little different and add a smoked component to it. It really turned out well, and was super flavorful.
One of my favorite ingredients has always been chipotle peppers. I especially love them in adobo sauce, as they add a depth of flavor to dishes. Aji Panca paste is a Peruvian pepper paste that reminds me of chipotles in adobo sauce, but without as much spice. It has a wonderful depth of flavor, and adds that “missing something” component to many dishes.
It’s all in the marinade
This marinade is super easy to make. It is best if you marinade the chicken overnight to allow the flavors to really soak in. As we are smoking this, you will not get the super crispy skin of a roasted chicken, but I think the flavor makes up for it. However, depending on the smoker you use, you can come pretty close.
For this recipe, I used a drum smoker. If you haven’t used one, check out my review here. One of the nice things about the drum smoker is that it’s easy to keep a consistent smoking temperature, but if you remove the top it will quickly turn into a grill. When the chicken reaches almost done (I smoked it to 170 degrees in the thigh,) I removed the top, flipped the chicken and let it finish up on the “grill” to crisp up the skin. I used pecan wood for flavor.
If you don’t have a drum smoker, this is easily done with a two-zone fire. Simply prepare your grill with your coals and wood on one side, and your chickens on the other side. You may need to add some charcoal through the cooking process. (Remember, better to add small amounts more often than large amounts of charcoal at one time.) At the end of smoking, simply flip the chicken over to the hot side to finish up.
The Green Sauce to bring it all together!
Peruvian roast chicken is usually served with a zesty green sauce. Check out the recipe here! It’s creamy, fresh and has just the right amount of kick! (It’s also great on just about any grilled fish or meat!)