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Piri Piri Chicken Jamie Oliver

Easy Piri Piri Chicken Recipe

This is seriously good, sweet from the peppers and paprika along with heat from the chilli. Oh my goodness I'm sounding like John Torode off of MasterChef!

Easy Piri Piri Chicken - Jamie Oliver.

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Post updated December 2021

Piri Piri Chicken Recipe

I must say I wouldn't agree that this chicken dish, along with the rocket salad and Dressed Potatoes, as well as Jamie Oliver's Portuguese Tarts can be made in 30 minutes as stated in his book. Certainly not by me anyway!

Please don't get me wrong, in no way am I running him down, I think Jamie is brilliant and comes up with some seriously fantastic food.

One thing I will say is I'm not keen on how the recipes are written. Everything, dinner, side and dessert is supposed to all be done in 30 minutes, the recipes jump forwards and backwards to how to cook each part which can be a little confusing, for me anyway!

Piri Piri Chicken - Jamie Oliver 30 Minute Meals

Ingredients in this recipe

  • 4 large chicken thighs - skin on and bone-in
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bird's-eye chillies
  • 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • A bunch of fresh basil

Seasonings

  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper

Recommended Equipment



How to Make Piri Piri Sauce

In a blender, whiz up the onion, garlic, chillies, paprika, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and basil and blitz until smooth.

Then for this recipe, you pour the sauce into a dish that's only just big enough to hold the chicken snugly.

Add the chicken to a griddle pan and get the chicken skin nice and golden. Add the peppers and get them soft and charred - see the full recipe below.

Peppers in a dish with piri piri sauce

Then you add the peppers to the sauce and top with the almost cooked chicken. Pop into a preheated oven to finish cooking.

Piri Piri Chicken in a dish

Jamie Oliver 30 Minute Meals book is most certainly worth buying, just don't expect the dinners to take just 30 minutes that's all!

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Author: Jan Bennett
Piri Piri Chicken

Piri Piri Chicken

Jamie's Piri Piri chicken is seriously good! Sweet from the peppers and paprika along with heat from the chilli.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 40 Min

Ingredients

  • 4 large chicken thighs - skin on and bone-in
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bird's-eye chillies
  • 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • A bunch of fresh basil
  • Seasonings:
  • Olive oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F or Gas 6
  1. Put a large griddle pan on high heat.
  2. Put the chicken thighs on a plastic chopping board, skin side down, and slash the meat on each one a few times.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and season, then put on the griddle pan that is heating up, skin side down.
  4. Cook until golden underneath, then turn over.
  5. Now turn the chicken over and get on with the Piri Piri sauce.
Make the Piri Piri Sauce
  1. Peel and roughly chop the red onion and add to the liquidiser with 2 peeled cloves of garlic.
  2. Add the chillies (stalks removed), 1tbsp paprika, the zest of 1 lemon and juice of ½ a lemon.
  3. Add 2tbsp white wine vinegar, 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce, a good pinch of salt and pepper, a bunch of basil and a swig of water. Blitz until smooth.
Back to the Chicken
  1. Slice the peppers into strips and add to the griddle pan. Turn the heat down to medium and keep moving the peppers around.
  2. Pour the Piri Piri sauce into a snug-fitting roasting tray. Lay the peppers on top and put them aside.
  3. Add the chicken to the roasting tray with the sauce. Scatter over the sprigs of thyme, then put the tray into the middle of the oven.
  4. Cook for around 10 minutes.
  5. Move the chicken up to the top shelf to cook (I left mine on the middle shelf) for around 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  6. Remove the chicken from the oven - check that it's cooked through and scatter with a few coriander leaves. Serve straight away.
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6 comments

  1. Looks good as always Jan! Can't wait to hear about your adventure with Jean Christophe! Did you get a snog? I did and it was fabulous! xxoo

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  2. Looks great! Who cares if it takes twice as long!

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  3. I have the book and haven't made anything yet, I don't like the layout and prefered the tv series.
    This dish looks wonderful, your photo should be in the book, then I probably would have made it!!

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  4. I couldn't do it in 30 minutes either! But man was it good.

    http://cookingjamie.blogspot.com/2010/11/30-minute-meals-inspiration.html

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  5. I still haven't got this one....might have to purchase, even if they don't take 30 minutes. Lovely recipe

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  6. Oooh I made this the other day but only the chicken part! It was very tasty and definitely one I will do again- maybe next time with the potatoes and tarts!

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Jan