Portuguese Piri Piri Chicken

Last year I did a 3-week road trip through Portugal, and I was really happy to immerse myself in Portuguese food – eating regional dishes all along the way from Porto down to Faro in the Algarve.

Portuguese food is quite humble and making the best of local produce. You find a lot of meat stews, grilled fish and meat and sweet pastries. One of the things that the Portuguese do really well is barbecuing. Grilled chicken is a favourite, and many will have heard of Piri Piri chicken. The dish is not typically Portuguese though, instead it’s drawing on influences from the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique. The chicken is first spatchocked and then marinated in garlic and chillies, with a dash of vinegar. The next day it gets nicely charred on a barbecue, and typically served with a side of matchstick potato crisps and a good dash of fiery piri piri hotsauce. A proper summer dish!

You can watch me make this recipe here in my show.

This recipe was created as part of my “Staycation” show, inspiring people with recipes from my travels that they can recreate at home – to get us all to travel in our minds despite being stuck at home this summer…

July 28, 2020