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Portuguese Chicken Piri Piri

Portugese Piri Piri Chicken
Written by Susan H

A classic Portuguese dish, popular the world over. The name Portugese Chicken Piri Piri comes from the chiles and traditional spice mixture of Angola, a former Portuguese colony. Serve as a main dish for a happy family. Also, I have cooked this in the oven and on a bbq. OMG!!!!!

Portugese Piri Piri Chicken

Portuguese Chicken Piri-Piri

Piri-Piri is a superb delicate spice rub that transforms so many meats into excellent meals.
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Course: Main Dish, Side Dish, Snacks
Cuisine: Portugese
Keyword: Chicken, Spice, Stock, Vegetables
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 416kcal



  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over moderate heat.
  • Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper and brown on all sides.
  • Add the onion and saute for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the remaining vegetables and saute until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, thyme, and piri-piri sauce and bring to a boil.
  • Ladle about 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) of the cooking liquid into a small pot and set aside.
  • Place the rice in the bottom of a large baking dish.
  • Transfer the chicken and vegetables to the baking dish and add the liquid from the skillet.
  • Bake tightly covered in a preheated 350F (180C) oven until the rice is cooked, about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the reserved liquid and add the lime juice and additional piri-piri sauce to taste.
  • Serve the chicken and vegetables on top of the rice, and serve the additional sauce separately.


This is a classic Portuguese dish, popular wherever Portuguese people are to be found. The name comes from the chiles and traditional spice mixture of Angola, a former Portuguese colony


Sodium: 777mg | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 121mg | Calories: 416kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 10g | Protein: 7g | Carbohydrates: 71g