Chicken Piri Piri

Chicken Piri Piri, is a flavorful and spicy dish, its origins are traced to the rich culinary traditions of Africa, specifically Mozambique and Angola. The name “Piri Piri” refers to the small but fiery chili pepper that imparts the distinctive heat to this dish. The recipe’s roots can be traced back to the cultural exchange between African, Portuguese, and other colonial influences, resulting in a unique blend of flavors and techniques. Over time, Chicken Piri Piri has gained international popularity, celebrated for its bold taste and the fascinating tale of its diverse historical origin


  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for spice preference)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)


Marinate the Chicken:In a bowl, combine olive oil, minced garlic, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, and red wine vinegar. Mix well to form a marinade. Place the chicken thighs and drumsticks in a large resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure each piece is coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight for best flavor.

Preheat the Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Make sure the grates are clean and lightly oiled to prevent sticking.

Grill the Chicken: Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing excess to drip off. Place the chicken on the preheated grill. Cook for about 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and has a nice char on the outside.

Baste with Remaining Marinade: While grilling, baste the chicken with the remaining marinade to enhance the flavor and keep the chicken moist.

Check for Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F (74°C).

Serve: Once the chicken is cooked, transfer it to a serving platter. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

Enjoy: Serve the Chicken Piri Piri with your favorite sides, such as rice, potatoes, grilled vegetables, or a fresh salad.

This Chicken Piri Piri recipe delivers a flavorful and slightly spicy dish that’s sure to be a hit at your dinner table.

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