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Authentic Portuguese style chicken recipe

Portuguese style chicken : The recipe

The Portuguese-style chicken is a very simple recipe perfect for the BBQ season. It is a taste of summertime all year round and it is also very popular in the winter roasted in the oven.
2 tips to make this recipe a success:

First tip: the chicken is cut into 4 pieces or, better, in a crapaudine way: to prepare a "chicken Crapaudine", cut the chicken in 2 in the lengthwise and lay it flat on the grill of the oven or BBQ.

Second tip: Use  Piri Piri for seasoning or for the marinade. You can use different kind of Piri Piri from the strongest to the softest for beginners :-)


  • 1 chicken
  • 4 Peeled tomatoes
  • 4 Laurel leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • Piri Piri
  • 2 onions
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Peel the cloves of garlic and remove the sprouts, peel the onions
  2. Put the peeled tomatoes, garlic and onions into a blender and mix to get a tomato coulis
  3. Heat your olive oil in a saucepan with the laurel leaves, add tomato coulis, white wine, paprika, Piri Piri, salt and pepper. 
  4. Reduce to half the volume to obtain a thick sauce
  5. Cut both sides of the backbone with poultry shears and discard , flip it over and press down to flatten it as much as you possible.
  6. Pour the sauce over the chicken 


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Place chicken and marinade in a roasting pan. Roast in oven, basting occasionally with the marinade, for 40 minutes
  2. Barbecue: Place the chicken on the grill over medium heat.  Close the lid and let it cook for about 10 minutes on each side or until it is well cooked
Little tips

Please find below all the sauces, marinades and ingredients that will allow you to directly make your Portuguese chicken and many other typical Portuguese sauces:


Portuguese Piri-Piri

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