Frango a Cafreal( chicken piri piri)

 Portugal-Spain_1  Today we heading to Portugal! Is one of the countries I’d love to visit! Great history,tasty food,the sun, the beaches…! What not to love! We’re planning with my husband to travel around Europe next year. I hope will visit at least 2 European countries..!

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Long time ago,I bought a cookbook,while I was still a student. The author and great chef of this book collect, hundreds of recipes around the world and I’ve decided to try a Portuguese recipe,Chicken piri piri.

   Although,the recipe is Portuguese, Piri piri is a red chili that grows in South Africa,Malawi,Ghana,Zambia and in Swahili they call it pili pili which means pepper pepper,whereas in Portuegese language they call it piri piri. It takes about 1 day to marinade the chicken,but is not difficult at all! My husband said that you have to make an appointment to eat that food…! So, I marinade 4 chicken thighs  it from last night.

  I guess there are a lot of versions of chicken piri piri,but I found this one and I found it superb!

For the marinade you’ll need:

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp red hot chili pepper
  • lime zest
  • lime juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. fresh chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika
  •  salt


Chop the garlic,the parsley and coriander. Crumble the bay leaf and shred the ginger.

In a small bowl,mix all the ingredients,till you’ll have a paste. The paste smells fantastic! I made it in the traditional way…!


Wash the chicken and cut the unnecessary skin and fat and apply the marinade in the chicken. Put them in a bowl with lid or Ziploc and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.


As I said I prepare everything the night before.

You can grill it or roast it. I prefer to grill it. The taste was so perfect,the aroma was great! To balance the heat I served it with yogurt dip sauce with green onions, salt and thyme and oven potatoes. the meat is succulent and fork tender! The heat of the chili pepper is just right!

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Our journey came to the end…! I hope you enjoyed it 😉


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