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If you haven’t tried spatchcock chicken you are missing out. This Piri Piri Chicken is so good and so easy! Perfect for roasting in the oven or grilling on the barbecue. Spicy fragrant marinade packed full of delicious ingredients; including chilli, pepper, spring onion and garlic. The marinade doubles up as a quick piri piri sauce for dunking that crispy juicy chicken in! Spicy food lovers this one is for you!
This recipe is my quick and easy piri piri chicken. No need to roast the peppers and chillies beforehand! It’s so easy, all you need to do is blend together all the ingredients, coat the chicken and leave to marinade for at least 12 hours. For the best and most flavourful results, I like to marinade for 2 days about 40 hours. The longer you marinate the more flavourful the result and the juicier the meat will be. No one likes dry tasteless chicken – am I right? If you are marinating for long periods of time ensure you are using fresh chicken and it is being stored in a cold fridge.
This Piri Piri Spatchcock Chicken is perfect for a weekend barbecue lunch or a quick and easy one pan dinner. Serve it with my yummy Garlic Yogurt Sauce for a refreshing and creamy touch to the fiery heat of the chicken!
Making a marinade is super easy. It takes a little more preparation and effort than just throwing your chicken in the oven with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, but it is well worth the effort! Chicken is quite a bland meat and marinades for me are essential when cooking chicken. Even when I am super tired and have limited time I will always marinate my chicken in some kind of basic seasoning or marinade for at least 1 hour.
Any basic marinade should include about 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar or citrus juice. Then I always add onion, garlic, chilli and my desired dried seasoning and herbs and fresh herbs if using. The measurements of the seasonings and fresh ingredients don’t really matter, just add each ingredient to your taste. Just be careful not to use too much salt.
Some marinades I leave chunky like my Spicy Cayenne, Garlic and Lemon Roast Chicken. For that marinade I do not use the blender and simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. For this kind of marinade we will be blending all the ingredients into a smooth and spicy mix.
When your marinated chicken is ready for cooking, remove any excess marinade from the chicken before placing on the tray. You will see you have lots of lovely marinade leftover. We dont like waste so we are going to turn this into a piri piri sauce that can be used as a dip, sauce or frozen for future use! To make the sauce all you need to do is pour the sauce into a small saucepan and heat for at least 15 minutes. See recipe card below for full recipe.
It is very easy and pretty quick to spatchcock a chicken. You don’t need to be an expert, butcher or professional chef. Don’t be intimidated, just grab a sharp pair of kitchen or poultry scissors and you will be good to go. Follow the easy steps below and you are set!
This Piri Piri Spatchcock Chicken is good with so many things. I love it with some freshly cooked White Rice, salad or even homemade fries!
Don’t forget to try this Piri Piri Spatchcock Chicken with my quick and easy Garlic Yogurt Sauce! All you need is yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon or lime juice, fresh garlic, fresh parsley, fresh chives, onion powder, garlic powder and white pepper. Simply mince the garlic, finely chop the fresh herbs and whisk to combine well with rest of the ingredients to your taste. Follow my recipe here!
Got some leftover rice in the fridge? Why not make a quick piri piri rice using the piri piri sauce and roasted peppers and onions from the chicken. In a wok or frying pan use 2 teaspoons of piri piri sauce and vegetables of your choice, add rice and mix well until combined and warmed through! Let me know what you think in the comments!
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