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Piri Piri Chicken is a popular dish that originated in Portugal and has since spread across the globe. The dish consists of marinated chicken that is grilled or baked and coated with a spicy sauce made from piri piri peppers. This recipe for spicy Piri Piri Chicken is easy to make and can be customized to your preferred level of spiciness. The chicken is marinated in a flavorful blend of spices, garlic, and lemon juice, and then coated in a spicy piri piri sauce that is sure to awaken your taste buds.

Peri Peri Chicken Recipe

Piri Piri Chicken is a classic dish that originated in Portugal and is now enjoyed in many other countries around the world. It is a spicy and flavorful dish that is loved by many and is often served in Portuguese and African cuisines.
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Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine african, portugese


  • large bowl
  • blender
  • baking dish


  • chicken drum sticks
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • garlic cloves
  • paprika
  • salt and black pepper
  • piri piri hot sauce
  • cayenne pepper
  • honey


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, paprika, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Add the chicken to the bowl and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) or preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
  • In a blender or food processor, combine the piri piri hot sauce and honey until smooth.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it in a baking dish or on the grill. Discard the remaining marinade.
  • Brush the chicken with the piri piri sauce and bake or grill for 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crispy.
  • Serve the spicy Piri Piri Chicken with your favorite sides and enjoy!



For a milder version, reduce the amount of cayenne pepper or use a mild hot sauce instead of piri piri sauce.
If using boneless, skinless chicken breasts, adjust the cooking time accordingly as they will cook faster than bone-in chicken.
Make sure to discard the marinade to avoid cross-contamination.
If grilling, oil the grill grates before placing the chicken on them to prevent sticking.
The chicken can also be cooked on a stovetop grill pan or in a cast-iron skillet if a grill is not available.


Serving: 240g
Keyword peri peri chicken
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