Piri Piri Chicken

Ariel view of the served piri piri chicken.

These scratch-made grilled Piri Piri chicken skewers will add a bit of heat and flavor to your next backyard barbecue or camping trip.

A Portuguese classic preparation that uses a homemade sauce that includes chilies originally sourced from their colonies of Mozambique and Angola. Peri-peri refers to the fiery red chilies which are commonly used in Portuguese cuisine.

Chicken thighs work best in this recipe as they have more fat and make them handle the grilling process a little better but you could also use chicken breasts if you are careful with the cooking process.

Piri Piri Chicken Recipe

Ariel view of the served piri piri chicken.
These scratch-made grilled Piri Piri Chicken skewers will add a bit of heat to your next backyard barbecue or camping trip.
Preparation 25 minutes
Cook 12 minutes
Ready in 37 minutes
Servings 6 Servings


Homemade Piri Piri Sauce

  • 4 small chilies seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup coriander cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly milled black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Piri Piri Chicken

  • 2 pounds skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • 1 lemon wedged
  • 1/2 cup semi dried tomatoes


  • grill
  • 6 skewers


Homemade Piri Piri Sauce

  • Chop as finely as possible the chilies, garlic, and coriander.
  • Place the chopped items in a bowl along with the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
    Alternatively, place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until well combined and smooth.
  • Cover and chill until needed.

Piri Piri Chicken

  • Cut the chicken into 1 inch (2cm) pieces and combine with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the peri peri sauce, then cover and chill to marinate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat a grill (best results if charcoal) to medium-high heat.
  • Place about 6 chicken pieces onto each of the 6 skewers neatly then set aside until required.
  • Cook the Piri Piri chicken skewers on the preheated grill turning and lightly basting until fully cooked but moist. About 12 minutes.
  • Present the skewers with a little coriander, lemon wedges, semi-dried cherry tomatoes, and a side dish of remaining Piri Piri sauce.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 261kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 31gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 341mgPotassium: 785mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 400IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 2mg

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