Peri Peri Spiced Hens

Peri Peri Spice is one of my favourite Portuguese spices. The Peri Peri chilli was brought by the Africans to Portugal and this beautiful blend was born.  I myself have some Portuguese heritage and although I cannot claim this recipe to be authentic, I can promise you that it’s a pretty good version. This spice blend to make a delicious Roast Chicken dinner. It would look wonderful on your holiday table but would also make a great family night meal.

Peri Peri Chillies are hard to find, but I’m going to substitute these for these hot red chillies

3 Hot red fresh Chillies

1 tsp Onion powder

1 tsp Garlic powder

4 Garlic cloves crushed

1 tsp paprika

2 tsps Thyme leaves

1Ž4 cup Red Wine vinegar

1Ž4 cup Olive Oil

Juice of 1Ž2 a lemon

1Ž2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp coarse salt

1 roasting Chicken

Brine 1/4 cup each Salt & Sugar + 1 litre of Water

Soak the Chicken in brine overnight, remove and pat dry

Grind the chillies in a food processor and add to a bowl together with the rest of the ingredients and mix well

Rub the Chicken with the marinade and leave it aside for about 2 hrs

Roast in a 350 degree oven for 60 – 80 mins till the bird is golden

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