I’d been making a version of this chicken for years – I never knew it had a name 😀 After trying this version I adapted it to a mix of Karina’s and my recipes that is now my preferred method!
PORTUGUESE PIRI PIRI CHICKEN adapted from Karina at CafeDelites
1/2 cup avocado oil
1/3 cup BBQ sauce** (see below)
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon onion powder
Juice of FRESH LARGE lemon
2-4 teaspoons PIRI PIRI sauce or sriracha
1 teaspoon creamy horseradish
2 teaspoons FRESH ground salt
FRESH Cracked black pepper , to taste
- Mix all of the marinade ingredients (except for the Piri Piri or Sriracha) together until well combined.
- Mix in 2 teaspoons of Piri-Piri or Sriracha. Taste test, and work up from there until reaching your desired level of heat.
- Using 3/4 of the marinade, coat the chicken evenly on the outside, as well as under the skin where possible (the breast especially), until fully coated in sauce.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night if time allows, but no less than 2 hours. The longer you leave it, the better the flavor.
3 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on)
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste
- When ready to cook, arrange oven shelf to the middle of the oven, and preheat to 400°. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter top for 20 minutes to take the chill out of the chicken.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in an oven proof pan or well seasoned skillet over medium heat. When pan is hot, place the chicken, skin side down into the pan, and sear for a good 5-6 minutes, until the skin becomes golden browned. Flip and sear on the other side for 5 minutes more.
- Add 1 more tablespoon of avocado oil to the remaining marinade, and pour half of it over the chicken. Use a basting brush to coat evenly.
- Place the chicken in the preheated oven, and cook for 30 minutes, or until cooked through and juices run clear.
- Once the chicken is done, baste with the pan drippings and serve with any remaining marinade to use as a dipping sauce.
- The BBQ sauce you use will make a HUGE difference in the flavor. I wouldn’t use an overly sweet one and prefer to make my own.
- You can leave the sriracha out all together if you don’t want any heat at all.
2 cups ketchup
1 cup apple juice
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 packed tablespoons light brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, smashed
2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
2 teaspoons onion powder
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- In a large saucepan combine all the ingredients, stirring to blend.
- Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for an hour, stirring frequently.