Also known as pio pio chicken, this recipe is inspired by a traditional Peruvian grilled chicken dish that is smoky and sweet with a bright sauce full of fresh flavors.

peruvian chicken

Fire up the grill and enjoy this traditional Peruvian chicken dish. Just don’t forget the sauce!

This is another great chicken recipe like Incredible Baked Chicken, and pairs well with this recipe for Caribbean black beans and rice.


Ingredients for Marinade: Marinating the pio pio chicken is an important step to taste the depth of flavor this recipe provides. The ingredients for the Peruvian grilled marinade include:

  • soy sauce
  • garlic
  • lime
  • honey
  • cumin
  • coriander
  • paprika
  • salt and pepper

See recipe card for quantities.

Ingredients for Green Sauce

Green Sauce

  • Greek yogurt
  • jalapeño
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • kosher salt
  • lime


Broiled: If you don’t have access to a grill, you can use your broiler and it will work just as well.

Kid-Friendly: This dish is kid-friendly. Omit the jalapeno if little ones are fans of spice!

Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce

Stacey Dohman, MS, RDN
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Prep Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course main dish
Cuisine Latin American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 196 kcal


  • 1 Grill preferred


  • 2 pounds chicken thighs you can substitute chicken breast if you prefer


  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves- finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey or sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika or smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Green Sauce

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ jalapeño seeded and finely chopped optional
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • juice of 1-2 limes


  • Combine olive oil, soy sauce, lime, honey, spices and salt. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag and add the chicken. Seal the bag and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator, turning once, for 1 hour. The chicken can be marinated for up to 4 hours.
  • Heat the grill or broiler to medium high. Arrange the chicken on a broiler pan skin side down and broil until brown and crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Flip the chicken and broil until cooked through (to 165 F), about 10 minutes longer.
  • While chicken is cooking, make the Green Sauce. To make the Green Sauce, place all the ingredients in a food processor and combine well.


Serving: 4ozCalories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 24gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 1010mgPotassium: 375mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 441IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg
Keyword peruvian grilled chicken, pio pio chicken
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Food safety

  • Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
  • Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
  • Wash hands after touching raw meat
  • Don’t leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
  • Never leave cooking food unattended
  • Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
  • Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove

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