Pollo a la Brasa Chicken Breasts

Marinated chicken
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Prep: 12 hrs
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 12 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
988 Calories
62g Fat
15g Carbs
90g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 988
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 62g 80%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 279mg 93%
Sodium 499mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 90g
Calcium 116mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pollo a la brasa is a version of marinated rotisserie chicken that is very popular in Peru, and increasingly available abroad as well. This uniquely seasoned chicken was popularized by two Swiss expatriates in Lima in the 1950s, at their restaurant La Granja Azul (which is still open today).

We love the flavor of pollo a la brasa, but we sometimes prefer boneless skinless chicken breasts to whole roasted chickens (and we don't have a rotisserie grill). These chicken breasts are marinated with the same great seasoning, pan-fried, then finished in the oven. The result is tender chicken with tons of Peruvian flavor.


  • 4 to 6 chicken breast halves
  • 3 limes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves (chopped fresh)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Optional: 1 packet Goya seasoning (Sazon Goya with coriander and annatto)
  • 1 tablespoon aji panca chile pepper paste
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)

Steps to Make It

  1. Brine the chicken breasts: Place the chicken in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Add 2-3 tablespoons of salt and the juice of 2 limes to the water. Refrigerate until ready to cook (several hours or overnight).

  2. Prepare marinade: In a blender or food processor, mix the garlic, mint, cumin, sugar, paprika, chile pepper, oregano, aji panca paste, sazon goya, vinegar, soy sauce, juice of the third lime, and vegetable oil. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Drain chicken breasts and place in a shallow dish. Cover chicken with marinade, turning to coat. Let chicken marinate for about an hour.

  4. You must preheat the oven to 350 F, and heat butter or olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté chicken breasts, in batches if necessary, until browned on both sides.

  5. Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet and finish cooking in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or just until chicken is cooked through (cut into a piece and check after 5 minutes in the oven—the chicken should no longer be pink and juices should run clear).

  6. Remove from oven and serve.