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Thai Piri Piri Chicken

Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 3
Author: Nutritionist meets Chef


Piri Piri Chicken

  • 1.2 kg / 2.6 lbs whole chicken
  • 1 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • Zest and juice from one lime
  • 1 dried thai chili

Piri Piri Sauce

  • 1 tomato about 130 g /4.5 Oz, chopped
  • 3 fresh red thai bird's chilli fresh frozen ones work too
  • 4 dried red thai bird's chilli
  • 1 shallot 35 g, about 1/3 cup
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 300 ml / 1 1/4 cup white wine vinegar


  • 50 g julienned celeriac 1/2 cup, loosely packed
  • 50 g julienned carrots 1/2 cup
  • 50 g julienned red and white cabbage 1 cup
  • 30 g julienned fennel 1/2 cup

Coleslaw dressing

  • 1 clove garlic mined
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander packed
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp mild olive oil or a neutral oil

Sweet Potato Wedges

  • 2-3 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt and pepper


Piri Piri Chicken

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C / 392°F.
  • Pound salt, sugar garlic, chilli & zest to a paste. Add the lime juice
  • Spatchcock the chicken, stab it all over, front and back with the pointy part of the knife.
  • Rub the lime and salt mix all over the chicken, front and back.
  • Leave to rest for an hour.
  • While the chicken is resting, prepare the piri piri sauce
  • Once it's been resting, grill in a grill pan or in a large pan, skin side down first on a medium high heat until the skin has turned crisp and brown.
  • Turn over and grill for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and place the chicken on a ovenproof tray.
  • Take 2 tablespoons of the piri piri sauce and place in a bowl.
  • Rub the chicken with the 2 tablespoon of piri piri sauce and place in the oven and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the juices run clear.
  • While it's in the oven, you can prepare the coleslaw and baked sweet potato wedges.

Piri Piri Sauce

  • Place all the in ingredients a saucepan.
  • Bring to the boil, and then turn down to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and blend until smooth in a food processor or with a stick blender.
  • Pour the blended sauce back into the saucepan.
  • Bring back to the boil and reduce until it covers the back of a spoon.
  • It should reduce down to 1 cup.


  • Combine all vegetables in a bowl.
  • Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk until combined. Pour over the vegetables and mix into the vegetables.

Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

  • Cut the sweet potatoes into wedges around 6 per potato. Place on a baking tray. Add the oil, salt and pepper and rub over so the wedges are evenly covered in oil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes (together with the chicken, but on another tray)