Spicy & Succulent Portuguese Piri-Piri Chicken


Let’s delve into the world of Piri-Piri, a zesty Portuguese hot sauce, designed to spice up chicken dishes! Today, I decided to whip up some tantalizingly spicy roasted chicken breasts. After they were cooked to perfection, one breast i served with rice and salad, and the other i mixed with some spaghetti, both alongside some of the caramelized onions.

Incase you dont know Piri-Piri or Peri-Peri sauce, made of malagueta pepper (a type of chilli pepper) originated in Portuguese Colonial Africa, and then become popular and traveled to other portuguese domains at the time, like Brazil or São Tomé e Principe, including of course Portugal, where it quickly became a favorite seasoning for grilling and roasting.

I might have taken the spice level a notch higher, but remember, adjust according to your taste buds! You can also swap out the piri-piri for a different kick, like pepper or cayenne. Piri-Piri offers a delightful heat without overwhelming your palate. If you prefer a less aggressive flavor, explore your spice rack and mix up your heat with different seasonings, let’s check the recipe.

Spicy & Succulent Portuguese Piri-Piri Chicken

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Portuguese style Piri-Piri or Peri-Peri sauce is a perfect way to season some delicious roasted chicken.


  • Chicken – 2 Breasts
  • Onion – 2
  • Garlic – 4 Cloves
  • Olive Oil – A Drizzle
  • Red Pepper Paste – 1 Tbsp (Portuguese “Massa de Pimentão”)
  • Piri-Piri Sauce – 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika – A Pinch
  • Sweet Paprika – A Pinch
  • Garlic Powder – A Pinch
  • Pepper – A Pinch
  • Salt – A Pinch


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Slice the onions and spread them at the bottom of an oven-proof dish or tray. Place the garlic cloves (whole) and top with the two chicken breasts.
  3. Rub the chicken breasts with red pepper paste, a splash of traditional Piri-Piri sauce (as per your preference, approximately 1 Tbsp), a hint of paprika, sweet paprika, and garlic powder.
  4. Season with a dash of salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.
  5. Cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil and bake for 25-30 minutes until the chicken breasts are fully cooked. For the last 5 minutes, remove the cover to get a bit of a golden color.
  6. Then its ready to serve! Enjoy this lip-smacking Piri-Piri chicken with gusto!
Notes: Like i said above experiment with various spices or degrees of spiciness to elevate your Piri-Piri chicken – you might be surprised at the wonderful variations you can create. Serve this delectable spiced chicken with your favorite sides – rice, salad, potatoes or spaghetti.

This recipe for Spicy & Succulent Portuguese Piri-Piri Chicken was originally created on BakeAfter.com.


Per Serving: 929 calories; 35 g fat; 34 g carbohydrates; 115 g protein.

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