Peri Peri Chicken

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  • Prep Time
    15 Mins
  • Cook Time
    25 Mins
  • Serving
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Peri Peri Chicken, also known as Piri Piri Chicken, is a flavorful and spicy dish originating from Portuguese and African cuisines. It's characterized by its vibrant red color and bold, fiery flavors. Marinated in a blend of spicy peri peri sauce and aromatic herbs, this grilled chicken dish is perfect for those who love a kick of heat in their meals.




Per Serving: 250 gm

  • Daily Value*
  • Calories: 380 kcal
  • Protein: 27g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 135mg
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 630mg

Tips and Recommendations:

  • Adjust the amount of peri peri sauce according to your spice preference. You can increase or decrease the quantity to suit your taste.
  • For a smokier flavor, you can grill the chicken over charcoal.
  • Make sure to let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute, ensuring a juicy and flavorful bite.


1. Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?

   Yes, you can use boneless chicken thighs or breasts instead of bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time accordingly as boneless cuts tend to cook faster.

2. Can I make peri peri sauce at home?

   Absolutely! Peri peri sauce can be made at home using ingredients like chili peppers, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, and herbs. There are many variations of homemade peri peri sauce recipes available online.

3. How spicy is this dish?

   Peri Peri Chicken is known for its spicy flavor, but you can adjust the level of heat to your preference by using more or less peri peri sauce or adding extra chili flakes to the marinade.

4. Can I bake or pan-fry the chicken instead of grilling?

   Yes, you can bake the chicken in the oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 25-30 minutes or until cooked through. You can also pan-fry the chicken over medium heat in a skillet with a little oil, cooking for about 6-8 minutes per side.

5. How long can I marinate the chicken?

   It's best to marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to develop fully. However, you can marinate it overnight in the refrigerator for even more intense flavor.

6. Can I use store-bought peri peri sauce?

   Yes, store-bought peri peri sauce works well for this recipe. However, homemade sauce often provides a fresher flavor, and you can adjust the ingredients to suit your taste preferences.

7. How do I know when the chicken is done?

   The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C) and the juices run clear. You can also cut into the thickest part of the chicken to ensure it's no longer pink inside.

8. Can I freeze leftover peri peri chicken?

   Yes, you can freeze leftover peri peri chicken for up to 2-3 months. Make sure to store it in an airtight container or freezer bag. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

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  • 1. In a bowl, combine peri peri sauce, minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, paprika, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well to create the marinade.
  • 2. Place the chicken pieces in a large resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, ensuring it's evenly coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish with plastic wrap. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.
  • 3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Oil the grates to prevent sticking.
  • 4. Remove the chicken from the marinade, shaking off any excess. Discard the remaining marinade.
  • 5. Place the chicken pieces on the grill, skin side down. Grill for about 10-12 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through and juices run clear, and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  • 6. While grilling, baste the chicken occasionally with any leftover marinade for extra flavor and moisture.
  • 7. Once cooked, transfer the peri peri chicken to a serving platter. Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh parsley.
  • 8. Serve hot with your favorite sides like rice, grilled vegetables, or a fresh salad. Enjoy the spicy and aromatic flavors of this delicious Peri Peri Chicken!
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