The sauce or paste uses african bird s eye chili which is grown all over northern africa and southern portugal. The dish was created in angola and mozambique when portuguese settlers arrived with chile peppers known as piri piri in.
Piri piri chicken is a traditional portuguese dish.
Piri piri chicken. No portuguese piri piri chicken recipe can be made without using charcoal to grill the chicken. Chicken is marinated in a spicy piri piri pepper sauce then grilled for this simple but flavorful african inspired recipe. Add piri piri sauce 1 4 cup oil lemon juice coarse salt and pepper.
Pick the thyme leaves into a pestle and mortar peel and add 1 garlic clove then add the paprika and a pinch of sea salt. Any other recipe that requires frying braising or oven roasting is a fake. Using a sharp knife carefully cut the chicken in half along the backbone.
What is piri piri chicken. Cool and roughly chop the chillies. To make the piri piri sauce preheat the oven to 180c 350f gas 4.
I like to serve this with a cool yogurt sauce and fonio pilaf. Place the chillies on a roasting tray and roast them for 10 minutes. Piri piri chicken is a spicy dish with roots in both africa and portugal.
Roast the chicken for 1 hr then turn the heat up to 220c 200c fan gas 7 and cook for a further 30 35 mins until a crust has formed on the outside of the chicken. Step 4 remove from the oven and leave to rest for 30 mins. Place chicken skin side up on work surface.
We have been grilling piri piri chicken since we introduced the world to chillies from central america in the 15th century. A portuguese dish with its roots in angola and mozambique popularised in the uk by a johannesburg based restaurant chain piri piri chicken may have a complicated past but its present is crystal. Process marinade to blend.
It s usually grilled and charred whole chicken pieces covered in a chili based paste or sauce. Place the chillies. Using palm of hand press on breastbone to flatten.