Rotisserie chicken with fried yucca root

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp huacatay (Peruvian herb)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 ajies (Peruvian chilli)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 lemons or limes, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp achiote (annato)
  • For the yucca
  • 900g yucca root, peeled and boiled (cook them like potatoes)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • For the aji sauce
  • 240ml of cream of aji (6 to 9 ajies in the blender with salt, 1 clove of garlic, ground black pepper, and 120ml oil)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • For the creamy cheese sauce
  • 1 package queso fresco
  • 1/4 red onion sauteed (without oil)
  • 180ml oil
  • 180ml milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric (cook the turmeric in 2 tbsp hot oil, for 3 seconds)
  • 1 aji chilli
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
Rotisserie chicken:
1) Rinse the chicken very well and cut off all of the fat. Tuck the wings under the back of the chicken.

2) Make a paste by mixing the garlic, huacatay, pepper, salt, aji, cumin, lemon or lime juice and achiote. Spread the paste on the chicken and rub well from outside to inside. Leave to stand in the refrigerator for 2 hours or more, for a good flavour.

3) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Put the chicken in the roasting pan with lid and cook, covered, for 1 1/2 hours or until it is golden brown.

Yucca root:
1) After you have peeled and boiled the yucca, cut it into French fries. In a deep pot or a deep-fryer, heat the oil to 180C. Fry the yucca in batches, if necessary, until golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle with salt to taste.

Aji sauce:
1) Mix the cream of aji, olive oil, spring onions and lime juice in a medium bowl.

Cheese sauce:
1) Blend the queso fresco, red onion, oil, milk, turmeric mixture, chilli, salt, pepper and lemon juice in a blender until it becomes creamy.

To serve:
1) Put the whole chicken on a plate with the fried yucca root around, and the two sauces on the side for dipping. This is the way my kids started to eat the chicken I make and thank you, God, no more chicken fingers.

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