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Peri Peri Chicken

Peri Peri Chicken

Peri Peri Chicken – a mildly spicy luscious chicken legs bursting with interesting complex flavors from Peri Peri Sauce, Creole Seasoning, lemon, and herbs. Grilled to perfection until tender and juicy and served with a special Peri Peri sauce. Certainly, a mouthwatering chicken recipe that is amazingly good whether it's grilled or baked.
Course Main
Cuisine African
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 240kcal
Author Imma


Chicken Rub

  • 2 ½-3 pound or (1.21-1.36 kg) chicken, cut ups or 8 pcs chicken legs
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon or (2.40) white pepper, coarsely ground

Chicken Marinade

  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 pieces basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon or more Peri Peri Sauce to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil


  • Trim chicken of excess fat and pat dry with a cloth or paper napkin. Rub with lemon, and 2 teaspoons creole spice or season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the onions, garlic, basil, oregano, bell pepper, and peri peri sauce in a food processor or blender, then add olive oil. Pulse for about 30 seconds until blended.
  • Drench the chicken with peri peri marinade, place in a zip lock bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  • When ready to grill, using a thong remove chicken from the peri peri marinade and remove excess marinade. Reserve the marinade.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  • Place chicken on the grill and grill for about 10-15 minutes on each side you may need to turn the chicken occasionally on each side until it is cooked all the way. Do this in batches if you have a small grill.
  • In a small saucepan simmer the remaining peri peri marinade and the one from the chicken for about 7 minutes. Serve with chicken or mix with chicken.


  • You can use any part of the chicken to grill. Feel free to use any meat you like – pork, beef, lamb, and even fish. Just be mindful of the cooking time since it varies depending on the size and meat used.
  • For best results, it is best to marinate your Peri Peri Chicken for at least 12 hours to fully absorb all the flavors. 
  • Store the marinated chicken in an airtight container or ziplock bags. Refrigerate – can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days maximum. Freezer – can be frozen for up to 2 months.
  • Baked Peri Peri Chicken – if you’re too lazy to grill, you can just bake them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes. Or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used in the recipe.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 105g | Fat: 104g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 420mg | Sodium: 695mg | Potassium: 1225mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 40.5mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 6.7mg