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How would you describe Peri Peri Chicken?


Besides "Absolutely Amazing" how would you describe Peri Peri Chicken to a friend


Well you can start by saying "Peri Peri chicken is a flavorful and sometimes spicy dish that originates from Portuguese cuisine but has gained widespread popularity, particularly in Southern African countries. The term "peri peri" (also spelled "piri piri" or "pili pili") refers to the African bird's eye chili pepper, which is a key ingredient in the marinade or sauce used for this dish.


Peri Peri chicken is typically prepared by marinating a whole or half a chicken or even chicken pieces, such as chicken breasts, thighs, or drumsticks, in a tangy and spicy peri peri sauce. The sauce is made from a blend of ingredients that include roasted red peppers, roasted red onions, paprika, bird's eye chili peppers, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, herbs, and spices. The marinade infuses the chicken with a vibrant sweet, tangy and fiery flavor profile.


After marinating, the chicken is traditionally grilled over an open flame or charcoal, which imparts a smoky and charred taste. However, it can also be roasted or cooked on a stovetop. The cooking method helps to lock in the flavors and juices, resulting in tender and succulent chicken with a slightly crispy exterior.


The hallmark of Peri Peri chicken is its spicy kick, thanks to the bird's eye chili peppers. The level of spiciness can vary depending on personal preference and the recipe being used. It can range from mild to extremely hot, providing a fiery sensation that adds excitement to the dish.

Peri Peri chicken is often served with various accompaniments, such as rice, grilled vegetables, salad, or fries. The spicy and tangy flavors of the chicken pair well with cooling and refreshing sides, such as a cucumber salad or perigurt sauce, which help balance the heat.


Overall, Peri Peri chicken is a delicious and zesty dish known for its bold flavors, spicy kick, and versatility. Whether enjoyed at one of our restaurants or take home one of our Take Home Chow sauces and prepared it at home, it offers a delightful combination of heat, tanginess, and savory goodness.


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