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Piri-Piri Chicken Recipe

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Piri-Piri Chicken with Flavourful Rice

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 55 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4

Dive into a tantalizing dish that combines the zest of Piri-Piri marinated chicken with a savoury rice blend. This recipe is perfect for those who enjoy a kick of spice in their meals.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 606
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 56g
  • Sugars: 8g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 35g
  • Salt: 1.2g


  • 4 skin-on chicken thighs and 4 drumsticks (consider a mixed pack)
  • 6 tbsp piri-piri marinade (available in mild, medium, or hot variants)
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 peppers of any color, deseeded and finely diced
  • ½ bunch of spring onions, sliced (separate the white and green parts)
  • 4 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 250g pre-cooked rice


  1. Marinate the Chicken:
    • Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Make 3 slashes on each chicken piece to allow the marinade to penetrate deeper. Coat the chicken with the piri-piri sauce. If time permits, let it marinate in the fridge. Otherwise, ensure the chicken is well-coated and arrange them, skin-side up, in a roasting tin. Bake for 30 minutes. Then, ramp up the oven temperature to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and roast for an additional 15 minutes until the skin becomes crispy and golden.
  2. Prepare the Flavorful Rice:
    • As the chicken nears readiness, heat the oil in a skillet. Sauté the peppers and the white parts of the spring onions for 5 minutes. Add the tomato purée and paprika, stirring well. Introduce the rice, ensuring it’s well-coated with the mixture. Cook on high heat, occasionally scraping the bottom to achieve a mix of soft and crispy rice textures. Once thoroughly heated, garnish with the green parts of the spring onions.
  3. Serve:
    • Plate the piri-piri chicken alongside the flavorful rice. Consider pairing with vegetables or a fresh salad for a complete meal.
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