Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pollo Al horno ( Grill Chicken)

The name of this dish is Pollo Al horno or grill chicken, however it's actually cooked in a different way. My mother in law gave me this recipe and I have been cooking it forever because it's so simple and D-Licious!!!!! When she first showed me how to make this dish, I was surprised because of the way she cooked it. She doesn't put it in the stove's oven nor the grill, interestingly she cooked it inside the microwave. Oh my weird!!! So I asked my mother in law while we were in Peru, why using a microwave when you have an oven?? Her answer was, it's actually cheaper cooking with microwave here in Peru than using the kitchen's oven and it's faster. I guess it is true...but I was curious how this dish will come out when cooking inside the kitchen's oven. So, i tried it but the end result was very dry and it was just not as good as the way she did it using the microwave. I found it much more hassled using the stove's oven than the microwave. Ever since, I have been making this dish using my microwave. It's easier and less work..right??
Here's my mother in law's recipe:

4 legs of chicken (use a medium size of chicken preferably, cut chicken's meat in the middle so it will cook faster and evenly)

On a bowl mix these ingredients below:
5 tablespoon thick dark soy sauce (I have mushroom flavor)
1/2 teaspoon of soy bean paste
1/4 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of aji panca (adjust to taste)
1 teaspoon of garlic paste
1/4 teaspoon of paprika
1 teaspoon of sugar
approx 1/4 cup of Pisco (any liquor)
approx 1/4 cup of  pepsi
1/2 teaspoon of chicken bouillon powder
salt + pepper to taste
a dash of ajinomoto

Marinate the chickens with the mixture above for about 15mins
Before putting them inside the microwave, some butter and place it on the top of the chicken.
Don't forget to cover the bowl with the microwave's cover, otherwise you'll have a huge mess inside the microwave.
Cook it for 4 mins and the take out the microwave, turn the chicken to the other side, then cook it for another 4mins, and turn it again for another 2 mins and again for another 2 mins until they are well cooked.

Pretty easy right?????
We normally serve this with Ensalada Rusa (mixed vegetable with mayo), this salad serve well with these chicken. Try it!!



  1. I cooked this and my family just loved it. And the combination with the Russian salad is awesome. Thank you for the recipe! !!