OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhether you call it Peri-Peri Chicken or Piri-Piri Chicken (toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe, anyone?) this dish is undeniably tasty. The secret’s in the sauce, which hails from Portugal. Simply marinate the chicken in lemon juice and that zesty spice mix and you’ll end up with a meal that’s bursting with flavor. Throw in a side salad or rice, and you’ve got a weeknight dinner winner.

Serves 4


1 packet peri peri spice mix (or make your own using paprika, garlic, onion, oregano, ground cumin, chili powder, thyme, chili flakes)
8 chicken thigh fillets (or mix of thighs and drumsticks, breasts, wings, etc)
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 inch piece of ginger, chopped
1 lemon, zested
5 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 lemon, cut into wedges (for serving)


1. Wash and dry the chicken and score each piece several times. In a bowl combine chicken, and spice mix.

2. Add garlic, ginger, lemon zest and salt. Mix.

3. Add olive oil and lemon juice. Mix until chicken is thoroughly coated.

4. Place in fridge for 1-2 hours (or more).

5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a single layer place chicken on a roasting tray and cook for 15 minutes. Flip chicken over and cook for another 15 minutes or until cooked through.

6. Serve with lemon wedges and salad/rice.

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Recipe and photo courtesy of Vicky at Avocado PestoVicky believes in healthy eating without the standard diet, low fat, no fat, fake sugar products. Her food blog, Avocado Pesto, is full of recipes from various ethnic cuisines as well as food groups, with newly added nutritional information and many vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly recipes. Follow Vicky as she shares interesting recipes and stories about her traveling adventures.

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