Portuguese piri-piri chicken

Portuguese piri-piri chicken

Ingredients (6 servings):

  • 1.3kg whole small fresh chicken
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • Lemon wedges, to serve



  1. Place the chicken, breast-side down, on a clean work surface. Use kitchen scissors or poultry shears to cut along both sides of the backbone and discard.
  2. Turn chicken breast-side up and push down to flatten. Tuck wings under. Pat dry with paper towel. Use a knife to make several cuts, about 5mm deep and 4cm long, into the chicken meat. Place in a glass or ceramic dish.
  3. Combine vinegar, oil, sugar, paprika, garlic, thyme, oregano, coriander and chilli flakes in a bowl.
  4. Pour over the chicken and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 2 hours to develop the flavours.
  5. Preheat covered barbecue on medium. (Alternatively, preheat oven to 200C.) Cook chicken on grill for 5 mins each side or until golden brown.
  6. Transfer to a roasting pan. Cook in covered barbecue or oven for a further 40 mins or until brown and juices run clean when chicken is pierced with a skewer.
  7. Set aside, covered, for 10 mins to rest.
  8. Cut chicken into portions and serve on a platter with lemon wedges.
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