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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.

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Peri Peri Spiced Hens


  • 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. 1 roasting Chicken
  2. Brine 1/4 cup each Salt & Sugar + 1 litre of Water
  3. Soak the Chicken in brine overnight, remove and pat dry
  4. Grind the chillies in a food processor and add to a bowl together with the rest of the ingredients and mix well
  5. Rub the Chicken with the marinade and leave it aside for about 2 hrs
  6. Roast in a 350 degree oven for 60 – 80 mins till the bird is golden