Peri Peri Chicken

Peri Peri Chicken

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Prep Time: Overnight

Cook Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour

Servings: 8+ people

Suitable For: Spice lovers


Looking for something hot and spicy? A whole chicken done peri peri style is always a winner. In fact, you’re unlikely to have anyone dissatisfied at your next braai with our peri peri chicken recipe.


  • 2 whole chickens
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 6 lemons, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • fresh red and green chillies, to taste
  • 8 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a food processor “blitz” together the garlic, onion, chillies, bay leaves and lemon juice.
  2. When these ingredients are finely minced, set your food processor to a low speed and slowly add the olive oil.
  3. Use the mixture to thoroughly coat your chickens.
  4. Cover basted chicken and refrigerate overnight.
  5. The next day, grill on coals or a gas grill for 45 minutes to an hour, turning occasionally.


Tip 01 Tip 01

If you’re using gas, start with just the side burners so that you don’t burn the chicken with too much heat.

Tip 02 Tip 02

If you’re using coals, scrape them around the edges of your chicken. You don’t want heat directly beneath the birds.

Tip 03 Tip 03

Turn on the middle burners, or scrape coals beneath the bird, during the last 15 minutes of cooking.