Spicy-spicy African chicken pili pili is great served with spiced corn and dill rice pilaf .


Recipe Summary

30 mins
2 hrs
2 hrs 50 mins
20 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Mix 1 teaspoon garlic paste, lemon juice, and salt together in a bowl. Place chicken breasts in a baking pan, spread evenly with the garlic mixture, and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  • Pour oil on marinated chicken in the baking pan. Add 1 cup water and cover baking pan with a lid or aluminum foil.

  • Bake chicken in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and juices run clear, about 20 minutes. Drain and reserve juices in a saucepan.

  • Transfer baked chicken to the grill. Cook until grill marks have formed on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Add remaining 1 cup water, remaining 2 teaspoons garlic paste, vinegar, tomato paste, paprika, black pepper, and ginger to the saucepan with the reserved chicken juices. Bring to a boil and cook sauce until slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add additional tomato paste to reduce spiciness, if desired.

  • Dip cooked chicken breasts into sauce and use remaining sauce as gravy for side dishes.

Cook's Note:

To make individual portions, divide gravy into four 2-ounce portion cups. Divide chicken and side dishes of rice and corn into 4 containers and add the portion cups of sauce.

Nutrition Facts

395 calories; protein 24.5g; carbohydrates 13.1g; fat 26.5g; cholesterol 80.5mg; sodium 1039.3mg. Full Nutrition