Piri Piri Chicken is a spicy portuguese chicken dish made with hot peppers, vinegar and spices. This chicken dish can be grilled or baked and it is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Piri Piri Chicken

This spicy Portuguese chicken dish is made by marinating chicken in a hot pepper sauce and grilling it or baking it.
Course Main
Cuisine Portuguese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 516kcal
Author Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell


  • 2 Chicken quarters , skin on (any cut of chicken will do, with or without skin)
  • 1/4 c Olive oil
  • 1/2 c De Nigris roasted garlic seasoned white wine vinegar
  • 1 Lemon , juice
  • 1 Red finger hot chili pepper , seeded
  • 1 Serrano pepper , seeded
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 2 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Place oil, vinegar, lemon juice, fresh peppers, powdered peppers, garlic and salt in blender and blend until smooth.
  • Reserve some sauce to be used after cooking
  • Lift skin of chicken and rub butter under it
  • Put chicken in freezer bag with the rest of the sauce and marinate for 4 hours or overnight
  • Bake in 425 degree F oven for 20-30 minutes in a casserole dish or until chicken internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F OR Grill chicken until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Serve with reserved sauce


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 1763mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 29.7mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.4mg