Piri Piri Chicken

Make a tasy red hot chicken dish.


  • 1 whole chicken (about 1kg/2lb 3oz, cut up into pieces)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • chips and salad to serve
  • for the piri-piri sauce:
  • 6-12 fresh red chilies (depending on taste)
  • 1 tblsp garlic (blanched and chopped)
  • 1 tsp salt flakes
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 50 ml apple cider


  1. Place the chilies on a roasting tray and roast them for 10 minutes.
  2. Cool and roughly chop the chillies.
  3. Place the chillies, garlic, salt, oregano, paprika, olive oil in a bowl.
  4. Add half the piri-piri sauce, spreading it evenly over the chicken and leave for a half a hour in the fridge
  5. Preheat the oven to 200°C (390°F/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.
  8. 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.
  9. To Serve: with chips and salad.


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