PIRI PIRI CHICKEN


Ingredients:

1 whole MAGNOLIA FREE RANGE CHICKEN

MARINADE:

1/4 cup paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp chopped fresh oregano
1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

BASTING SAUCE:

1/4 cup olive oil
5 pc dried chilies
1/2 cup garlic

PIRI PIRI SAUCE:

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup chopped garlic
8 pc dried chilies, chopped
2 tsp finely chopped fresh oregano
1/2 tbsp sweet paprika powder
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

  1. Cut the backbone of the chicken and cut small slits on the chicken breasts, legs and thighs.
  2. Combine ingredients for marinade in a bowl. Mix well until it forms a paste. Rub all over chicken. Cover and chill to for at least 3 hours.
  3. Basting sauce: Combine olive oil, chilies and garlic in a small saucepot. Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  4. For the Piri Piri sauce, heat olive oil in saucepan. Sauté garlic then add chilies, oregano, paprika powder and red wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 3-5 minutes. Let cool then transfer into a blender. Puree until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Grill chicken while continually basting with sauce until cooked. Optional: Finish chicken by baking in the oven at 180°C. Serve chicken with Piri Piri sauce on the side.

Makes 6-8 servings.  


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