Peruvian-Style Chicken

One of my favorite one dish chicken recipes comes from Danielle Walker’s cookbook “Against All Grain.”  It’s full of flavor and whole 30 compliant.  Below is my version adapted from her cookbook.

Time saving tip: Prepare the dish the night before and place in the refrigerator.  Take it out of the refrigerator 30 min prior to putting in the oven or when you turn on to pre-heat the oven so the baking dish does not crack in the oven


  • 1-2 Split chicken breast, bone in, skin on  (2-4 pieces total)
  • 12-20 chicken drumsticks (I use the upper limit to make sure there are leftovers)
  • 4 large sweet potatoes (~2 lbs), peeled and cubed
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into chunks
  • extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to tasted
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • fresh cilantro (optional)

Spice rub Ingredients:

  • 1t extra virgin olive oil
  • 2t lemon juice
  • 2T vinegar
  • 2T paprika
  • 1T cumin
  • 1t sea salt
  • 1t black pepper
  • 1t dried oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced


  • Preheat oven to 425F
  • In a coated cast iron baking dish (I use Le Creuset for easy clean-up; I usually need two baking dishes based on the size of the baking dishes and the quantity of chicken), add the onions, peppers, garlic, sweet potatoes.
  • Drizzle evoo, salt and pepper (I usually eye ball this but it’s about 2t evoo, 1/2 t salt and 1/4t pepper) over the vegetables and toss to coat
  • In a separate bowl, mix the ingredients for the spice rub
  • Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken and place the chicken on top of the vegetables, skin side down
  • Add the sliced lemon to the top and place in oven for 25 minutes
  • Turn the chicken and stir/baste the vegetables a so that they get a coating of the liquid produced.
  • Place in oven and cook until chicken is 165F (~30-40 min)
  • Top with cilantro (if using) and serve

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