Peri Peri Chicken,
traditionally spelled Piri piri or pili pili, is made from the Piri piri chili pepper, also known as the African bird’s eye chili. A member of the capsicum family, these peppers are naturally spicy and beneficial to the metabolism. They prosper in both wild and domesticated environments and are native to Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique, among other countries with hot climates. The Portuguese are credited with bringing the plant to Goa and for the now well-known sauce from which this recipe is made.
The typical Peri peri sauce
is made from crushed chilies, citrus, onion, garlic, pepper, salt, lemon juice, bay leaves, paprika, pimiento, basil, oregano, and tarragon. Use this as both a marinade and finishing sauce.
Serve cooked, marinated Peri peri chicken
over barley, quinoa, or atop salads such as mixed greens and Caesar. This recipe is also terrific grilled on skewers as an appetizer with the sauce served on the side much like a Thai Chicken Skewer with Peanut Sauce.
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Serving size: 4 ounces chicken
Saturated fat: 4.0g
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Peri Peri Chicken
Peri Peri Chicken, traditionally spelled Piri piri or pili pili, is made from the Piri piri chili pepper, also known as the African bird’s eye chili. A member of the capsicum family, these peppers are naturally spicy and beneficial to the metabolism.
- 7 fresh red chili peppers, roughly chopped
- juice of one medium lemon
- 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tablespoon paprika
- 1/2 chopped medium red bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 (5 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- In a large mixiing bowl, whisk together red chili peppers, lemon juice, red onion, garlic, black pepper, sea salt, orange zest, bay leaf, paprika, red bell pepper, basil, oregano, tarragon, vinegar, and olive oil.
- Add chicken and toss well to coat.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and marinate 8 hours or overnight.
- Heat grill or grill pan til hot.
- Grill marinated chicken about 8 minutes, turn and grill an additional 8 minutes or until cooked through.
- If desired, make 1 and 1/2 times the Peri peri marinade and reserve 1/3 of the marinade to use as a dipping sauce for cooked chicken.