Peruvian Roasted Chicken(El Pollo Rico)

  • PrepTime: 20 Mins
  • CookTime: 1 Hrs 30 Mins
  • TotalTime: 1 Hrs 50 Mins


  1. 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds/1.8 kg)
  2. 1/4 cup/60 mL white vinegar
  3. 3 tablespoons/45 mL white wine
  4. 3 tablespoons/45 mL canola oil
  5. 2 tablespoons/30 mL garlic powder
  6. 2 tablespoons/30 mL paprika
  7. 4 teaspoons/20 mL cumin
  8. 2 teaspoons/10 mL black pepper
  9. 1 teaspoon/5 mL salt


  1. Combine vinegar, wine, oil, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, black pepper, and salt. Mix well to form a paste.
  2. Trim chicken of any excess or loose fat and place in a zip-top bag. Pour spice paste over chicken. Coat chicken completely with mixture rubbing into every surface. Try to get the paste under the skin as much as possible.
  3. Seal bag and place chicken in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. The chicken will have more flavor the longer it marinates in the spice mixture. Do not refrigerate for more than 24 hours.
  4. Preheat grill and prepare rotisserie.
  5. Place the chicken on the rotisserie and on the grill for approximately 1 1/2 hours at a temperature around 300 F (150 C) Test chicken for doneness by the measure the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh. Chicken is done once the thigh meat reaches 175 F (85 C). 
  6. Remove chicken from grill and place onto a large heat-resistant cutting board. Carefully, remove rotisserie rod and lightly tent the chicken with aluminum foil. Let rest 10 to 12 minutes before carving.
  7. This chicken is frequently served with dipping sauce. A simple version of this sauce is made from combining 1/2 cup/120 mL of mayonnaise with 2 tablespoons/30 mL mustard and 2 tablespoons/30 mL lime juice.