Peri Peri Chicken

Photo by: Adam Ahmed

Peri Peri Spice is one of my favourite Portuguese spices. The Peri Peri chili was brought by the Africans to Portugal and this beautiful blend was born. I myself have some Portuguese heritage and although I cannot claim this recipe to be authentic, I can promise you that it’s a pretty good version. This spice blends to make a delicious roast chicken dinner. It would look wonderful on your holiday table but would also make a great family night meal.

Peri Peri chilies are hard to find, but I’m going to substitute these with hot red chilies



3 hot red fresh chilies

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

4 garlic cloves crushed

1 tsp paprika

2 tsps thyme leaves

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp coarse salt

1 roasting chicken



Brine 1/4 cup each salt & sugar + 1 litre of water

Soak the chicken in brine overnight, remove and pat dry

Grind the chilies in a food processor and add to a bowl together with the rest of the ingredients and mix well

Rub the chicken with the marinade and leave it aside for about 2 hours

Roast in a 350 degree oven for 60 – 80 minutes until the bird is golden


Photo by: Adam Ahmed

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