Peri-Peri Chicken

A traditional Portuguese dish, with a spicy marinade. Goes well with salad, rice or fries.
Peri-Peri chicken always screams Nando’s to me. Peri-Peri means Bird’s Eye Chilli. The secret of Nando’s grills is their Peri-Peri Sauce, which has to be made with these chillies. But since I didn’t have these chillies with me, I added a teaspoon of red chili powder and it tasted good too.
I have been to Nando’s only twice and both the times I enjoyed their chicken so much. As I enjoy spicy food, I became a big fan of Nando’s , mainly their Peri-Peri sauce. But sadly, this restaurant chain is not there in Kuwait. But I do get the Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce here easily in the grocery stores. I love it. I have it with samosas, in sandwiches, with pizza and sometimes in my rice too.:D
Traditional Peri-Peri marinade also has red bell peppers, bird’s eye chili peppers, cilantro leaves. I randomly added paprika instead of the bell peppers, red chili powder instead of chili peppers. Im hardly an expert, so I do not claim that this is the most authentic Peri-Peri you’ll ever eat, but this is surely going to be my go to recipe.
Cooking Peri Peri chicken is a breeze because all you have to do is marinate the chicken with all the ingredients and grill. The best way to cook the chicken is by grilling on a barbecue to get that smokey charred flavor. But you can bake it too, or just shallow fry in little oil. Either way, it tastes awesome.
  • 700g chicken
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp  red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 1 tsp fresh garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Lemon juice
  • Pinch black pepper
  1. Add all the ingredients to the chicken. Mix well.
  2. Marinate for 2-3 hours.
  3. Shallow fry in little oil, or grill in oven. If you are grilling add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil to the chicken too.


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12 thoughts on “Peri-Peri Chicken

  1. Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmathullah dear

    Wishing you and family a blessed 30 days.

    For peri peri you don’t use the peri peri sauce? Or is it that u missed out on your ingredients list?
    also cumin powder, is it the home made grounded one or bottled one from store?

    Planning to try this one out so….

    1. Walaikumsalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakathuh.
      No, I didn’t add peri peri sauce. The main ingredients are the paprika and red chilli (which are the key ingredients in peri peri sauce). And yes, this is not the traditional peri peri recipe, it’s just an easier version. You can use either homemade or store bought cumin powder.

  2. Assalamu Alaikum Sadia..
    can i use paprika and kasmiri chilli powder for the recipe plus the normal red chilli powder to add the heat…

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