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peri peri chicken
Peri Peri Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
This authentic Portuguese peri peri chicken is an easy recipe that has a lot of spiciness and flavor in every bite. If you like Nando’s peri peri chicken you will love the original recipe way more.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: nando's peri peri chicken, peri peri chicken, piri piri chicken, portuguese peri peri chicken
Servings: 4 people
  • 4 chicken whole legs (thigh and drumstick connected)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Peri peri sauce
  • 6 African bird eyes (or Thai pepper)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar (or 2 tbsp of lime juice)
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºF)
  2. Heat a cast-iron pan and sear the chicken legs skin down until the skin is golden and crispy. Season the chicken with salt and pepper before searing. Be easy with the salt because the peri peri sauce has salt already.
  3. Blend all the ingredients for the peri peri sauce.
  4. Cover the chicken legs with the peri peri sauce and bake for 35 - 45 minutes until the chicken is fully done.