Portuguese Roasted Spicy Piri-Piri Chicken Thighs


How about some delicious spicy roasted chicken thighs! We all know that the thighs offer juicier and tastier meat compared to the dryer breast cuts. Placed over some potatoes, this dish just sings with flavor.

These thighs are seasoned with the classic Portuguese piri-piri sauce. This condiment is famous for adding a little kick to any dish, very common seasoning for roasted or grilled chicken in Portugal.

Note that the type of potato used here has a softer pulp, akin to sweet potatoes, which roasts quickly. For a similar effect, grab small new potatoes or pre-boil larger ones for about 10 minutes before roasting, so everything gets tender and roasted at the same time, if it doesn’t take the chicken thighs out and put just the potatoes in the oven a bit more time to finish roasting, let’s check the recipe!

Portuguese Roasted Spicy Piri-Piri Chicken Thighs

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Nothing like some flavor-packed roasted chicken thighs with the zing of Portuguese Piri-Piri sauce!


  • Chicken – 4 Thighs
  • Potatoes – 6
  • Onion – 1
  • Carrot – 1
  • Garlic – 4 Cloves
  • Olive Oil – A Drizzle
  • Red Pepper Paste – 2 Teaspoons
  • Piri-Piri Sauce – 1 Tablespoon
  • Oregano – A Pinch
  • Paprika – A Pinch
  • Pepper – A Pinch
  • Salt – A Pinch


  1. Wash, peel, and dice the potatoes. For a tender texture, pre-cook them for about 10 minutes before roasting.
  2. Add diced carrots, sliced onions, crushed garlic cloves, and season with a drizzle of olive oil, paprika, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place the chicken thighs on top and season with a drizzle of olive oil, paprika, red pepper paste, and Piri-Piri sauce. Spread this mix evenly over the chicken thighs.
  4. Covered, bake in an oven at 375°F for about 45 minutes until the thighs are tender. Serve and enjoy!
Notes: Experiment with other root veggies like parsnips or turnips. For a fiery touch, increase the amount of Piri-Piri sauce. Adjust to your heat tolerance!

This recipe for Portuguese Roasted Spicy Piri-Piri Chicken Thighs was originally created on BakeAfter.com.


Total: 1917 calories; 63 g fat; 254 g carbohydrates; 83 g protein.

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