Oven Broiled Spicy Chicken Piri Piri


I am so tired of Winter! I bet many of you are too. I was craving some Chicken Piri Piri so I made this recipe using the broiler last night. Now you can get the char grilled chicken flavor all year long with this method!

The chicken comes out tender, juicy and flavorful.

Find the recipe for; Portuguese rice or  Sweet Potato Chile Fries as a side dish. What’s great about making the fries is that you can cook them along with the chicken saving cooking time. Enjoy!


2 small fryer chickens

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 or 2 tablespoons of piri piri sauce or Tabasco hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon of piri piri powder (optional)

1/4 cup of Vinho Verde or white wine


Marinate the chickens with all the ingredients and leave them overnight in the refrigerator or for at least 2 hours before cooking.

Arrange the chickens on a large baking tray and broil in your oven until the skin becomes golden brown for about 10 minutes.

Do you notice the bottle of Vinho Verde, and authentic Portuguese spices? I’m lucky that I have many stores in my town to buy them!

*Note: Leave the oven door open slightly so you can keep your eyes on the chicken and it does not burn or smoke.

Turn off broiler and set the oven at 400 degrees.

Place the chicken in the tray in the middle oven rack and cook and cook for 1 hour or until the chicken is fully cooked and crispy.

If you make the sweet potato fries place them in the oven along with the chicken.

Here it is! Look at that crispy golden color!

When the chicken is cooked drain off the pan drippings and strain it into a small pan. Skim off the fat on top of the drippings, add more piri piri sauce to your taste and cook on low heat for a few minutes.

Serve the sauce over the chicken or on the side for dipping!

 Here’s the photo of the sweet potato fries. They are so good and spicy! Enjoy

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  1. Ana Brito says:

    I wish I had a Portuguese store close by! This reminds me that I need to place an order! Thanks for the recipe. I’ll have to give it a go this weekend.

  2. Tia Maria says:

    Ana, You’ll love this recipe! Enjoy!

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