Piri Piri Chicken


Chicken is marinated in a spicy piri piri pepper sauce, then grilled in this simple but flavorful African-inspired piri piri chicken breast recipe. I like to serve this with a cool yogurt sauce and fonio pilaf.

close up view of Piri Piri Chicken garnished with fresh herbs, served with couscous and lime wedges on a plate
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 5 mins


  • 10 African bird's eye chile peppers

  • 1 bunch cilantro

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 chicken breast, cut in half

  • 2 chicken leg quarters with skin


  1. Use rubber gloves to mince chiles and place them into a mixing bowl. Add cilantro, garlic, vegetable oil, vinegar, lime juice, salt, and black pepper. Mix piri piri sauce well.

  2. Place chicken breasts and legs into a resealable plastic bag. Pour in piri piri sauce, seal the bag, and shake gently to cover chicken completely. Put the bag in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 4 hours.

  3. Remove the bag from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking to allow chicken to come to room temperature.

  4. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  5. Remove chicken from the bag; discard bag and cilantro. Cook chicken on the preheated grill, rotating as necessary to cook evenly, until juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

501 Calories
28g Fat
6g Carbs
54g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 501
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 1345mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 54g
Vitamin C 74mg 370%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 739mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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