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A low carb chicken dinner recipe from Mellissa Sevigny of I Breathe Im Hungry

Keto Peruvian Roasted Chicken & Green Sauce

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  • Author: Mellissa Sevigny
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Diabetic


Crispy, tender, loaded with flavor – this Peruvian Roasted Chicken recipe is destined to be a new family favorite! Whole 30, Paleo, Keto, Atkins, Low Carb, and Squeaky Clean Keto Friendly!


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For the marinade and chicken:

  • 56 lb whole raw chicken
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

For the Green Sauce:

  • 2 jalapeños, seeds removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro, washed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar free mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

For the red onions:

  • 1 cup red onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sweetener (optional, omit if Whole 30)


For the chicken:

  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a magic bullet or small food processor and process until a mostly smooth paste.
  2. Rub the paste all over the inside and outside of the chicken, including under the skin of the breast and legs as far as you can reach.
  3. Roast the chicken uncovered at 400 degrees for about 70 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the center of the thigh reads 165 degrees.
  4. Remove from the oven and let the chicken rest for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

For the green sauce:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a magic bullet or blender and process until smooth.
  2. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  3. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

For the red onions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and toss well to coat.
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.


Nutrition info is approximate and will vary based on what part of the chicken you eat:

1 thigh – 358 calories, 22g fat, 0g carbs, 36g protein
1 drum – 233 calories, 12g fat, 0g carbs, 29g protein
1 breast – 193 calories, 12g fat, 0 carbs, 31g protein

2 Tbsp green sauce: 133 calories, 16g fat, <1g carbs, 0g protein

2 Tbsp onions: 9 calories, 0g fat, 1g net carbs, 0g protein

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 85 minutes
  • Category: Keto dinner recipes
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Peruvian


  • Serving Size: 1 thigh, 2 T sauce, 2 T onions
  • Calories: 500
  • Fat: 39g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Protein: 36g

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