Sunday, 27 November 2011

Chicken Piri Piri

Piri-piri chicken


For the piri-piri sauce
To serve

Preparation method

  1. To make the piri-piri sauce, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Place the chillies on a roasting tray and roast them for 10 minutes.
  2. Cool and roughly chop the chillies. Place the chillies, garlic, salt, oregano, paprika, olive oil and vinegar in a saucepan, and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool, then blend it to a purée in a jug blender or food processor. Store in a lidded container at room temperature; it will keep for about a month. Shake before using.
  4. Place the spatchcocked chicken in a sealable plastic bag. Add half the piri-piri sauce, spreading it evenly over the chicken. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hou
  5. Preheat the oven to 200C/390F/Gas 6, and preheat a large griddle pan on the hob. Alternatively, light your barbecue.
  6. Season the marinated chicken, and cook it on the griddle pan for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  7. Transfer the griddled chicken to a roasting tray and roast in the oven for 30 minutes, until cooked through. Alternatively, place the chicken on a medium heat barbecue, covered, for 10-15 minutes on both sides or until cooked through, basting regularly with the remaining piri-piri sauce.
  8. Serve with chips and salad.

    Recipe - 2


    • 5 lemons, zested and juiced, plus 2 lemons sliced into wedges, for garnish
    • 1 head garlic cloves, peeled
    • 4 red peppers, seeded and roughly chopped
    • 10 fresh chilli peppers
    • 900g fresh parsley leaves
    • 3 tbsps paprika
    • 225ml red wine vinegar
    • 450ml olive oil
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 7 whole chickens, each cut into 6 pieces


    For the piri piri marinade:
    1) To a food processor add lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper, chillies, parsley, paprika, red wine vinegar and oil. Process until it becomes a paste. Season with salt and pepper. Reserve 225ml of the sauce as set aside for garnishing cooked chicken later.

    For the chicken:
    1) Divide chicken pieces into 2 large resealable plastic bags. Divide the marinade into both bags and seal. Turn the chicken around in the bags to distribute the marinade. Place chicken in the refrigerator and let it marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

    2) Preheat griddle to medium-high heat. 

    3) Remove chicken from bags with tongs and drain well. Season with salt and pepper. Place on griddle, skin side down first, and griddle for about 15 minutes on each side turning occasionally until cooked through. (You might need to do it in batches if grill is not big enough).

    4) Serve with lemon wedges and the remaining piri piri sauce.

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