Piri Piri Chicken

A friend of ours recently went home to Portugal and she kindly brought me back a bag of authentic piripiri seasoning. Of course when you go and look for an “authentic” recipe, you get 50 versions on the first page. So I found the below on Genius Kitchen and gave it a try. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to marinade the chicken in it, but I think it would be an amazing way to use it. And I’d really love to do a whole butterflied chicken!

I love piri piri chicken, it’s so spicy, yet so tasty you have to keep eating it. This recipe fills those shoes, having lots of flavour with just a few ingredients, definitely has that kick and it  doesn’t linger, and the lemon seems to tame the heat a bit.

Almost all the recipes called for grilling it, but since we’ve been on an air frying kick, I did 4 chicken thighs in the air fryer. They turned out nicely, but as I plan on doing a whole chicken next time, I’ll do it up properly on the bbq next time.

Piri Piri Chicken

Piri Piri Chicken


  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ⁄4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon piripiri powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes


  • Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer.
  • Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
  • Use as a marinade and / or baste the whole chicken with it (for thighs, I dunked the whole piece in)


Adapted from Genius Kitchen

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