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Portuguese style chicken

Discover the authentic Portuguese chicken recipe.

The Portuguese-style chicken is a very simple recipe perfect for the BBQ season. It is a taste of summertime all year round and it is also very popular in the winter roasted in the oven.


2 tips to make this recipe a success:

First tip: the chicken is cut into 4 pieces or, better, in a crapaudine way: to prepare a "chicken Crapaudine", cut the chicken in 2 in the lengthwise and lay it flat on the grill of the oven or BBQ.

Second tip: Use  Piri Piri for seasoning or for the marinade. You can use different kind of Piri Piri from the strongest to the softest for beginners :-)


★ Ingrédients

  • 1 chicken
  • 4 Peeled tomatoes
  • 4 Laurel leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • Piri Piri
  • 2 onions
  • Salt and pepper


★ Préparation

  1. Peel the cloves of garlic and remove the sprouts, peel the onions
  2. Put the peeled tomatoes, garlic and onions into a blender and mix to get a tomato coulis
  3. Heat your olive oil in a saucepan with the laurel leaves, add tomato coulis, white wine, paprika, Piri Piri, salt and pepper. 
  4. Reduce to half the volume to obtain a thick sauce
  5. Cut both sides of the backbone with poultry shears and discard , flip it over and press down to flatten it as much as you possible.
  6. Pour the sauce over the chicken 


★ Roasting

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Place chicken and marinade in a roasting pan. Roast in oven, basting occasionally with the marinade, for 40 minutes
  2. Barbecue: Place the chicken on the grill over medium heat.  Close the lid and let it cook for about 10 minutes on each side or until it is well cooked

★ Little tips

Please find below all the sauces, marinades and ingredients that will allow you to directly make your Portuguese chicken and many other typical Portuguese sauces:

  • Portuguese Piri Piri
  • Soft Piri Piri 
  • Piri Piri with lemon and herbs
  • Special Chicken Pri Piri
  • Piri Piri Cuhtney
  • Piri Piri 
  • Marinade
  • Special marinade for Portuguese chicken

Portuguese Piri-Piri


Bonjour Luisa
J’adore toutes les épices pimentées et j’avais un petit flacon de piripiri que j’avais eu a un ami campingcariste Belge et en lisant l’étiquette je me suis aperçu que c’était fabriqué au Portugal et en cherchant sur le net j’ai vu votre site et j’en ai commandé 3 flacon .
Je viens de les recevoir et de gouter : un gout extaordinaire , rien a voir avec le petit flacon en plastique (les votres en verre n’altére pas le gout ). Je ne regrette pas mon choix et en parleras dans ma famille et mon entourage .Pour infos nous venons en vacances au Portugal (Algarve ) fin Mai . Si vous avez des infos( gastronomie , lieu a voir …..) , je suis preneur .
Continuez comme ça !!!!!


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