Piri-piri chicken with spicy rice

Piri-piri chicken with spicy rice

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 55 mins


Serves 4
Use a lime-spiked spicy marinade to coat thighs and drumsticks then roast and serve with paprika rice for a cheap and healthy supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal606
  • fat25g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein35g
  • salt1.2g
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  • about 4 skin-on chicken thighs and 4 drumsticks- buy a mixed pack
  • 6 tbsp piri-piri marinade (you can buy mild, medium or hot)
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

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  • 2 pepper, any colour, deseeded and finely chopped



    Sometimes called bell peppers or capsicums, these sweet, mild peppers come in variety of colours…

  • ½ bunch spring onions, sliced, white and green parts separated
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

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    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 4 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 250g cooked rice



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • vegetables or salad, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Slash each piece of chicken 3 times, so the marinade can really flavour the meat. Pour over the sauce and leave in the fridge to marinate, if you have time. If not, mix well and arrange, skin-side up, in a roasting tin. Cook for 30 mins, then increase heat to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and cook for about 15 mins more until the skin is crispy and golden.

  2. When the chicken is almost ready, heat the oil in a frying pan. Cook the peppers and white parts of the spring onions for 5 mins. Tip in the purée and paprika, stir, then add the rice, breaking up with a wooden spoon so all the grains are coated well. Use a high heat and scrape any that sticks off the bottom so you get some soft and some crispy parts. Heat until piping hot. Scatter the green parts of the spring onion on top and serve with the chicken, and some vegetables or salad, if you like.

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Comments (21)

Jane Hughes's picture

If anyone is interested in a vegetarian version of this, I used 3* 350g packs of quorn chicken style pieces, marinated in 2 bottles of hot nandos piri Piri marinate. I squeezed in juice of 2 limes to make the marinate more citrusy. I then doubled the vegetables as I wanted to make quite a few meals and added three fresh red chillis.

All worked OK, fairly spicey but would add a couple more bell peppers in future.

suzlovescake's picture

Made the rice part of this dish with Lorraine pascal's recipe for piri piri chicken instead of using a bottled sauce. Added chopped red chilli and Cayenne pepper to the rice in addition, based on previous reviews of this being bland, and it turned out really well.

ma baker's picture

Just made the spicy rice,looks good and tastes good too,I took on board what everyone else was saying that it need a bit of chillies,so put chilli powder in and I'm glad I did,

DawnK's picture

This was okay. I did a whole chicken (spatchcocked) rather than the thighs and drumsticks. It was lovely. The rice though, like others have said, needed more of a kick, it was a bit bland. Next time would add fresh chilli as someone suggested.

quiltercook's picture

This seems to be more assembly than cooking. How about explaining how to make Piri Piri sauce?

Shirley Valentine's picture

Hi, I did leave a recipe I use for a Piri Piri marinade but it seems to have been deleted. If it's of any use, I've posted it again under the questions section (assuming it's still there and not been deleted).

Shirley Valentine's picture

Although this is a late response, here is an easy piri piri marinade that I got from a TV programme which I find works well:

1-2 tbsp olive/rapeseed/veg oil
Zest and juice of a lemon (or lime)
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp chilli flakes or powder (or according to taste)
2 cloves crushed garlic

Mix everything together in a large bowl, add meat, cover, then leave to marinate for as long as possible before cooking. I usually use skinless breasts or thighs to make fajitas, however, you can use drumsticks/thighs as in recipe. Hope this helps.

missmap's picture

This was lovely. I think I might add chorizo to the rice next time too.

blueflyer's picture

It would be great if I could print it off, whats wrong with this website?

damenga's picture

Easy to make and it tastes very good.
I agree the rice needs a "little kick".

joff01's picture

Delicious as-is but only rated four stars as I felt the "spicy rice" didn't really hit the mark. I'd suggest adding a little fresh chilli (e.g. half a scotch bonnet or similar) to the final puree and paprika stage which will work well with the bell peppers but give a big chilli kick.

redders85's picture

I cooked this for friends, it was so easy to make and absolutely delicious. I would recommend seasoning the rice to taste though. Also a sprinkle of chilli flakes on top gives it that extra kick.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Did the piri piri chicken but served with yellow pepper rice.
Quick and easy mid-week meal.

sarahswift16's picture

Absoultely lovely, the rice is full of flavour and the chicken really soakes up the marinade even if you don't have time to leave it for a few hours, already made it twice since finding the recipe. Easy to make too

angelfiesta's picture

Thank you hannahd. Got one from tesco a nandos medium marinade.
Has lemon in not lime. Try tonight.

ph101aol's picture

you can get the piri piri marinade from most supermarkets. there is a nandos version, which you can get in differing spiciness!

angelfiesta's picture

Hi would love to make this sounds delish. Any idea where I can buy the piri piri marinade. Thanks

trevorbr's picture

Buy Nandos piri piri from any supermarket.

chamsamalini's picture

Delicious recipe with chicken. The roasted drumsticks are tempting.

megsdev's picture

oops - can't get the stars to work. I'd give it 4*


Questions (2)

jkh's picture

How do you make the marinade for this?

Shirley Valentine's picture

Although this is a late reply, here is a quick and easy Piri Piri marinade I use which works well:

1-2 tbsps veg/olive/rapeseed oil
Zest and juice of a lemon or lime
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 crushed cloves of garlic
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp chilli flakes/powder (or according to taste)

Simply mix everything in a large bowl, add meat, cover and leave to marinate for as long as possible. I generally use skinless chicken breasts or thighs to make fajitas, however, you can still use drumsticks/thighs as in the recipe. This is usually enough marinade to coat 4 chicken breasts or thighs, but feel free to alter the amount of ingredients according to personal taste. Hope this helps.

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