Portugeuse Style Peri Peri Chicken - everyone loves this crispy roasted chicken, the flavor is amazing! The green chili dressing is also great to make with rotisserie chicken! The chicken marinates in a garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and olive oil! Green chilis, cilantro leaves, olive oil, lemon juice, mayonnaise and sour cream make up the addictive dip!
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Peri Peri Chicken or Piri Piri Chicken
Have you had Piri Piri Chicken? Piri Piri is actually a pepper, an African Bird's Eye Chili. The dish has roots in both Africa and Portugal. The Portuguese settles brought with them a pepper that was called piri piri in Swahili. You will find this called Peri Peri Chicken or Piri Piri Chicken.
Piri Piri Chicken gets it's flavor from the traditional marinade which contains garlic, red wine vinegar, lemon juice and of course the chili peppers. Some add other ingredients, like ginger or bay leaves.
Whatever you call it, it's delicious!
Spatchcocking a Chicken
When I found this recipe in an old Donna Hay magazine, the first thing I noticed was that it called for spatchcocking a chicken. Spatchcocking a chicken is my favorite way to roast or grill chicken, it is also called butterflying a chicken. You cut out the backbone, turn the chicken over and pressing on the breastbone to flatten it. This allows the chicken to cook more evenly and quicker.
If you run skewers through the chicken, like I've shown, it makes it very easy to turn the chicken or to remove it from the pan.
Piri Piri Chicken
This Piri Piri chicken gets so much flavor from the marinade, which is a combination of garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and smoky paprika. You don't even have to let the chicken sit in the marinade! You just rub it on and then as the chicken bakes, you brush on more. As you can see in the photos, you definitely want to line your sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.
Green Chili Dressing
The next best part of this recipe is the Green Chili Dressing! I love dipping roasted chicken in a dressing and this was one of the best! This recipe goes together prettily easily and the flavors are outstanding! I make this to serve with a store bought rotisserie chicken, everyone loves it!
Piri Piri Chicken
- 1 whole chicken butterflied or spatchcocked
Piri Piri Marinade
Green Chili Dip
- 2 long green chilis roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- Preheat the oven to 425.
- Place the marinade ingredients in a small food processor and process until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup of the marinade and rub the chicken with the remaining marinade.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil. Place the chicken skin side down. Thread 2 metal skewers horizontally through the chicken.
- Place the chicken in the oven and roast for 20 minutes.
- Turn the chicken skin side up and roast for 20 more minutes, brushing with the reserved marinade every 10 minutes.
- While the chicken is cooking, make the green chili dip. Place the green chilis, cilantro, oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper in a small food processor and process until smooth.
- Add the mayonnaise and sour cream and process until it is just combined. Serve the chicken with the dip.
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Update Notes: This was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for 2018.