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Peri Peri Marinated Chicken Skewers

Peri Peri Chicken Skewers - flavor-packed BBQ chicken skewers marinated in a spicy pepper, garlic, lemon, basil and oregano sauce. Prepare the night before and let it marinate overnight and you'll have extra delicious skewered meat come grilling time! Great for entertaining!

Course Appetizer, Main
Cuisine African
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5
Calories 279kcal
Author Imma


  • 2-3 pound boneless skinless chicken thigh trimmed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1- teaspoon chicken bouillon optional
  • ¼ cup olive oil or more
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • ¼ medium red pepper
  • 1 fresh jalapeno peppers coarsely chopped, seeds removed
  • 1 fresh chili pepper or more coarsely chopped adjust to taste more or less
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • Juice of I medium sized lemon adjust to taste
  • 4-6 large basil leaves
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • ½ cup coconut milk optional


  • Soak the skewers for at least 60 minutes or more totally submerged in water before using it to prevent burns. You may skip this part if pan grilling.
  • Blend red pepper, jalapeno pepper, chili pepper, garlic, basil, oregano, and onions in a food processor or blender. Add olive oil, coconut milk to facilitate blending. Then mix in smoked paprika, lemon juice black and or white pepper
  • Refrigerate and use when ready. You may make this a day or more ahead of time.
  • Trim chicken thighs of excess fat and pat dry with a cloth or paper napkin. Cut chicken thighs into 2-inch chunk.
  • Season with salt, chicken bouillon and pepper or adobo seasoning mix. You can either marinate the chicken now or thread then marinate-about 4 pieces per skewer. Making sure the skewer is fully covered with chicken chunks.
  • Place in a zip lock bag, or sealed containers and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  • When ready to grill. Using tong remove excess marinates and reserve.
  • Pre heat grill to medium- high heat.
  • Place chicken over medium heat, and then brush with oil to prevent chicken from sticking. Grill for about 10 to 15 minutes, rotating from sides for even cooking. Keep an eye on it -- if they are browning too quickly, turn the heat down.
  • Grill in batches if you have a small grill. Transfer the skewers to a platter.
  • In a small saucepan simmer the remaining peri peri marinade and the one from the chicken for about 7 minutes. Serve with chicken


  1. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 588mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 25.2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3.1mg