Portugese-style Piri Piri chicken with my own Musk melon dip

Peri Peri chicken with Musk Melon dip, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions and garlic bread
Peri Peri chicken with Musk Melon dip, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions and garlic bread

Piri Piri in Swahili means Pepper Pepper. It is an African bird’s eye chilli which is very hot. Piri-Piri chicken has its roots both in Africa as well as in Portugal. The amount of chili used in the dish can be increased or decreased to suit one’s own palate, depending on how hot you want it to be. This dish is made with bird’s eye chili. If it is not available you can substitute it with cayenne pepper, paprika and red chili flakes. If you chose to go exactly with this recipe, it has just the right amount of ingredients and is not very hot. The brown sugar balances the spice level very well besides caramelizing the chicken and veggies beautifully.

My daughter is fond of Piri-Piri chicken and no way was I going to order it from the local joint during her exams. So, I made this dish at home from scratch( I didn’t want to use the store bought Piri Piri sauce either). I served it with  toasted garlic bread, roasted potatoes , caramelized onions and a delicious Musk melon dip which I ….er..ahem..invented 😉  experimented (whichever sounds more modest lol )  The melon dip was an instant hit and it  went well with the chicken and the bread. Actually it deserved a separate post. 

 

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Elements on the Plate:

  1. Piri-Piri chicken
  2. Roasted Potatoes
  3. Caramelized onions
  4. Musk melon dip
  5. Toasted garlic bread

 


Recipe for Piri-Piri Chicken Portugese style


 

What you need:

  • 1 whole chicken with skin( spatch-cocked)
  • Juice of 1 big lemon
  • Zest of 1 big lemon
  • 1 tbsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp. red chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp. dried oregano
  • salt to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp. brown sugar( I used 2)
  • a pinch of red food coloring

Second set of ingredients:

  • Two potatoes cubed
  • 2 onions roughly sliced/chopped

Method:

As I have  mentioned in my previous posts, I love to brine and spatchcock my chicken before grilling. (you can skip brining if you want, but it makes a lot of difference to the end result). Brining makes it moist and tender where as spatch cocking it ensures even grilling.

  1. Mix the first set of the ingredients in a bowl and brush it on a well rinsed, brined and spatch-cocked chicken.
  2. Leave it in the fridge covered over night or at least 6 hours.
  3. Brush a grilling pan with oil and lay a bed of potatoes.
  4. Then layer it with onions.
  5. Now spread the marinated chicken over it like a butterfly.
  6. Grill in a pre-heated oven at 200º c for half an hour.
  7. Reduce heat to 180º C and grill further till done. The juices should run clear when the chicken is poked with a skewer. It should take 45 min to an hour depending on the size of the chicken and hours of marination.
  8. Broil it for 5-10 min for a charcoal effect.( I didn’t do it as it was getting late)

Note: If possible grill it outside on a charcoal grill. But it works beautifully in the oven too. The advantage of making this in the oven is that the vegetables get cooked along in the same pan. The brown sugar in the recipe drips on the onions and caramelizes them beautifully.

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Recipe for Musk melon dip


 

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup mayo ( I always make mine)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup musk melon puree
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. sugar

Mix them all and whip for a minute. Keep it in the fridge till you serve.

Musk melon dip
Musk melon dip

 

Recipe for toasted garlic bread


 

What you need:

Cut thick slices of the baguette. Mix the seasoning with oil and brush on top of each slice. Grill on a wire rack at 200 º C for 5-10 minutes.

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Peri Peri chicken with Musk Melon dip, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions and garlic bread
Peri Peri chicken with Musk Melon dip, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions and garlic bread

Enjoy this tasty meal with friends and family . I am taking this platter to all my FF friends.Fiesta Friday is  hosted by Angie@The Novice Gardener and is being co-hosted by  Jhuls @The Not So Creative Cook and Mila @milkandbun.

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70 Comments Add yours

  1. elyann14 says:

    Sounds fantastic!! I love Piri-Piri!!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Elyann 🙂 It was an awesome meal.

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  2. Now that looks yummmyyyy!! And would be an awesome combination!!

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    1. skd says:

      Yes dear Bilna. It was an unexpectedly beautiful combination. Thank you for liking it 🙂

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  3. nitali04 says:

    That looks like such a delightful meal! I have some musk melon sitting in the fridge, will make this dip right away 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks Nitali 🙂 The subtlety of this dip goes very well with the hot chicken.

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  4. Dana says:

    omgggggggoodnessssss PIRI PIRI Chicken!!!!!!!!!!! You need to come cook for me pleaseee
    Looks so yum
    I am so hungry
    xx

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    1. skd says:

      Oh dear!! If I were anywhere close by, I would have sent you a platter of this meal immediately. thank you for liking it 🙂

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      1. Dana says:

        I shall be thinking of this act of kindness for the entire day and wish it come to pass — even if its for someone else!
        Have a wonderful day!

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      2. skd says:

        You are a wonderful person Dana 🙂 Have a wonderful day

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  5. Loretta says:

    Great story, and isn’t it amazing how you’ve adopted the same idea from your mother (feeding your daughter during her exams)? I love piri piri and have several recipes that I’ve tried over the years, now I’ll add yours to the rest. It looks gorgeous!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Loretta ☺ This version of Piri Piri is a mild one and can be spiced up by adding more chili. But personally this suited my family’s taste. And yes my grandmother was a gem of a woman and her tales always had a hidden message.

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  6. fazal says:

    Very attractive piri piri portugese dish
    Very tempting
    I must ask my daughter in law to prepare this week end

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    1. skd says:

      I am sure she will make it easily. Please let me know when she does ☺

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  7. bitsofnice says:

    Looks delicious and I love that story! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. skd says:

      Thank you for liking it ☺

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  8. Lety C says:

    I love when you can relate food with you own family stories, it brings more to the meal! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      I agree Lety. Cooking for your loved ones gives immense satisfaction. And I think every dish has a story to tell and lovely memories to reminisce. Thank you for liking it dear ☺

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  9. Looks great, love piri piri!! I love that you made this from scratch for your daughter.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Suzanne ☺I didn’t like using the bottled sauce especially when its so easy to make.

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  10. radhikasethi says:

    This looks super gorgeous! Love that you made it from scratch! 😦

    Liked by 1 person

    1. skd says:

      Thank you Radhika. It was quite easy to make. And my family really loved it. So it was well worth the effort ☺

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  11. Dana Fashina says:

    ooooooh yuuuuuum!!!

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  12. Aquileana says:

    Hi SKD!~ Delicious! ⭐
    Happy friday & weekend ahead ! Aquileana 😀

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    1. skd says:

      Hey thanks a lot Aquileana. I am collecting your stars. Happy Friday and have an awesome weekend too ☺

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  13. Such fabulous colours on the plate!!! Amazing 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Elaine ☺

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  14. Nancy says:

    This is an absolutely lovely dish, skd! From the flavors (the heat sounds just right!) to the gorgeous color. I say please, please for some chicken piri piri!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Nancy. The heat was just right for us too. Didn’t hurt the palate or the tummy 😊. I have seen recipes which called for 8 to 10 birds eye chilies per chicken but that would have been too hot to handle 😊

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  15. Jhuls says:

    I think this is the second piri piri chicken I have seen today and it kills me as I wanted to eat one since two weeks ago. 😐 So thank you for bringing today at the Fiesta. xx

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    1. skd says:

      Most welcome dear Jhuls. I think the piri piri wants you to eat it that’s why it keeps coming in front of you repeatedly, just what your mandi did to me 😊 Thank you for hosting the FF. Have a nice weekend .

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  16. Robinne Weiss says:

    Ooh! I just came in from the garden with an armload of musk melons. I’ll have to try that dip! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. skd says:

      Wow! Thats awesome. Please do try it.

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  17. muthahar says:

    Masha allah very tempting God bless you my dear for sharing your recipes

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you for your warm wishes ☺

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  18. This looks like a must make! I have always wanted to taste this, and I think the only way I will is to make it! My mouth is watering, i swear!

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    1. skd says:

      I know I had a similar craving when I saw it first and couldn’t rest till I made it . Even taking pictures seemed like a task 😊
      You can increase or decrease the heat to your liking.

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  19. Hilda says:

    I love every part of this wonderful meal. The musk melon dip is a very clever (invention) accompaniment.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much Hilda 😊You noticed the ‘invention’ 😉

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  20. Beautiful meal and such pretty, bright pictures of it all. I do not mind “heat” in a recipe so I would probably not adjust any thing 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Judi. The heat was just right for our family. It got mellowed with the sweet and sour dip ☺

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  21. It looks amazing skd! I love piri piri, I normally go for mild when I have it at Nandos because I’m a wimp haha

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks Michelle. I am pretty much the same 😊Especially when eating with kids have to opt for the milder version.

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  22. This chicken looks so enticing. the piri priri sauce looks so flavorful ! And your musk melon dip sounds like a perfect complement to this fiery chicken! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Indu. Together it made a wonderful meal. Everyone loved the dip because it mellowed the heat beautifully .

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  23. petra08 says:

    What a great dish and I love the sound of your musk melon dip! It sounds perfect for the summer! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. skd says:

      Thank you Petra. Please do try it. I am sure you will love it 🙂

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  24. The things that mothers do for children. This looks so good (but labor-intensive!) that I am certain your daughter starred on her exams.

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    1. skd says:

      She is awaiting her results. I will pass on the good wishes to her. Thanks a million from both of us ☺

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  25. Great recipe, I’ve been trying to re-create Nando’s and even if this isn’t quite the same, it looks absolutely superb. I can’t wait to try it.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much ☺ This recipe is slightly different from the Nandos recipe. It turns out delicious whatsoever.

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    2. skd says:

      Thank you so much for liking ☺It is slightly different from the Nandos recipe but whatsoever tastes delicious and can be enjoyed by the entire family starting from kids to adults. Do try it.

      Like

  26. Bibi Baskin says:

    Wondering if I can use honeydew melon instead of musk melon? I think they have musk melon in north India but not down south in Kerala. Looks fantastic!

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    1. skd says:

      I think you can. Just maybe it wouldn’t need additional sugar.
      Thank you for stopping by ☺👍

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  27. Lina says:

    I tried it and it was amazing…but I used kashmiri paprika and dark vinegar instead…thanks for the post…was looking out for a good piri piri chicken recipe and found it!… Waiting to try the musk melon dip!

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    1. skd says:

      Wow! Thank you for the review dear ☺I am so happy you liked it. You will like the dip too. Thank you so much for stopping by. You made my day ☺

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      1. Lina says:

        Actually ty fr the recipe..looking forward to more amazing recipes…I’m just a beginner to blogging but cooking s so much fun!

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      2. skd says:

        The pleasure is mine Lina. I have had fun browsing through your blog. Will bookmark some recipes and try them over a weekend. All the best with your blogging. You will soon find the wordpress community a very warm place to be.

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      3. Lina says:

        I realized that today..ty so much for your encouragement…I ve a long way to go though!..plz do try my recipes and comment:)

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      4. skd says:

        Aww…sure dearie. Please do keep visiting too ☺

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  28. priyankamoraes says:

    Have had peri peri /piri piri chicken wings at a Portuguese restaurant in New Bombay twice and they were lip smacking and finger licking good , but your pictures clearly tell me that I have yet to taste the real thing !!!! Simply yummylicious looking dish !

    Liked by 1 person

    1. skd says:

      Aww…That’s a beautiful thing to say! ! Thank you so much for the kind words ☺ Please do keep visiting. I like your blog . Especially the titles of your posts are amazing.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. priyankamoraes says:

        Thank you . Am humbled !

        Liked by 1 person

      2. skd says:

        I sincerely mean it. ‘Jaw dropping ‘ ‘Wings of transformation ‘ ‘Mirrored ‘ are instances of your creative skills

        Liked by 1 person

      3. priyankamoraes says:

        Thanks a ton . You really made my day .

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