PORTUGUESE-STYLE PERI PERI CHICKEN

Published on: 01/17/2023
chicken with cilantro sauce and fresh herbs
chicken with cilantro sauce and fresh herbs

PORTUGUESE-STYLE PERI PERI CHICKEN

As we were recently in Portugal, I could not wait to create some Portuguese dishes upon our return. Though seafood is an absolute favorite of mine, by the time we got home, we were craving chicken 😀. The original recipes use whole chicken or chicken pieces, but to keep things leaner, I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts. I tweaked some of the spices for a delicious and moist combination, especially with the sauce. I suggest serving this Portuguese-style peri-peri chicken with cilantro sauce over brown basmati rice, with lots of fresh veggies!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinate 1 hour
Course Main Course

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless, chicken thighs and/or tenderloins, trimmed

For the marinade:

  • 1 Tablespoon Ancho chili pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika yes, the smoked is needed here, if possible
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled
  • ½ Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ cup plus 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

For the sauce:

  • 10 ounces plain Greek yogurt nonfat
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro finely chopped (*if not a cilantro fan, you can substitute basil)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Cover the roasting pan with nonstick foil and set aside.

Marinade

  • Add the Ancho chili pepper through black pepper into a blender. Blend into a paste.

Chicken

  • Place chicken pieces into a large bowl. Pour marinade on top and mix well, until all pieces are covered with marinade. (*Note: You could marinate the chicken overnight or in the refrigerator for an hour or longer, but not necessary.)
  • Spread chicken onto prepared pan. Place pan in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, flip chicken, and back for another 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked through.
  • Place on a serving platter and sprinkle with extra cilantro and smoked paprika.

Sauce

  • While the chicken is cooking, place the sauce ingredients in the clean blender and blend until smooth. Serve with chicken. Makes 7-8 servings.

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