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A roasted chicken, perfectly marinated in a simple spicy sauce. This Peri Peri Chicken recipe is brimming with flavor but is so simple to make.

Peri Peri Chicken Recipe

Enjoy a spicy, flavorful PERI PERI CHICKEN recipe you can make simply with just a few, fresh ingredients and easy-to-make homemade Peri Peri sauce!
Course Main Course
Cuisine South African
Keyword easy spicy chicken recipe, Nando's Chicken, Peri Peri Chicken Recipe, Piri Piri Chicken Recipe, Portuguese Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6
Calories 348kcal
Author Marie Roffey


  • 4 lb whole chicken
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • 3/4 cup peri peri sauce
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 410°F. Oil a large roasting pan and place the lemon wedges in the bottom.
  • Use kitchen scissors to cut the backbone from the chicken, then open it. Flip it over and press down on the breast with the palm of your hand to flatten it out.
  • Rub a little oil all over the chicken. Place 3/4 cup of sauce into a small bowl, then use a basting brush to brush the chicken on both sides liberally with sauce. Sprinkle over some salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken breast side up in the prepared roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes. Apply the remaining sauce (from the 3/4 cup) over the top. Turn the oven down to 350°F and roast for another 20 minutes per pound or until the chicken reaches 165°F on a meat thermometer. Turn the tray in the oven so it browns evenly, and baste twice more during the cooking.
  • Remove the chicken from oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting into pieces or slicing.
  • Serve with rice, fries and/or slaw and some extra sauce.



  1. Flattening out the chicken is optional but will help it to cook more evenly and more quickly.
  2. Use our Peri Peri Sauce recipe for great results! The link is in the ingredients list.
  3. In a rush? We highly recommend using Nando's peri peri sauce or your favorite hot sauce. We promise, this will work too and you will have a delicious chicken dinner that the family will love!
  4. Make sure to turn the tray in the oven so that it browns evenly, and baste twice more during the cooking.


Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 299mg | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 21.2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.6mg