Share this!

Follow the recipe to make Peri Peri Chicken, a South African chicken marinade.

A spicy dish popular in South Africa as well as Portugal.  Peri Peri (or Piri Piri) is named after the chili sauce containing it.  Serve with a variety of side dishes including rice, spicy potatoes, and salad.

For more recipes like this, download our free e-cookbook!

Peri Peri Chicken, Secret South African Marinade

Follow the recipe to make Peri Peri Chicken, a South African chicken marinade.

  • lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon groundblack pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 pounds boneless (skinless chicken breasts)
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together everything except for the chicken, making a marinade.
  2. Add the chicken and toss with tongs to coat in the marinade.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or at least three hours.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Heat an oven-save skillet over medium-high heat until very hot.
  6. Use tongs to transfer the chicken breasts out of the bowl and into the hot skillet, reserving the marinade.
  7. Let cook for two or three minutes per side, until nice and browned.
  8. Pour the reserved marinade into the skillet and spoon the sauce onto the chicken.
  9. Turn off the stove, and use oven mitts to transfer the skillet to the pre-heated oven.
  10. Let cook in oven for 15-20 minutes (depending on thickness of chicken breasts), or until cooked through.