Recipe: Piri-Piri Chicken Recipe


Do you wonder how they make the piri-piri chicken at Nando's so mouth-watering and you want to try it at home? Well our version means you can cheaply recreate it whilst making it as spicy as you want.


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 160 ml olive oil
  • 60 ml red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 fresh chillies (to taste)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 small chicken
  • 1 handful mixed salad leaves
  • 1 portion chunky chips
Make the marinade

Step 1

Make The Marinade

Peel the garlic cloves and stick into a food blender with the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, thyme, chillies and salt. Blend to a smooth marinade.

Cut the chicken

Step 2

Cut The Chicken

Cut either side of the backbone with a pair of sharp shears and then remove the diamond-shaped breast bone from inside the cavity.

Rub over the marinade

Step 3

Rub Over The Marinade

Open the chicken up like a book and rub the marinade all over, inside and out. Leave in the fridge overnight if you can.

Preheat the oven

Step 4

Preheat The Oven

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Roast the chicken

Step 5

Roast The Chicken

Lay the spatchcock chicken on a baking tray and roast for about an hour until cooked right through and there are no signs of blood at the thickest parts of the bird. Check by cutting into a leg joint.

Serve with chips!

Step 6

Serve With Chips!

Serve with plenty of fresh salad and some chunky chips. Serves 2-4

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