Frango churrasco (Grilled lemon & garlic chicken)

Frango churrasco (Grilled lemon & garlic chicken)

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins plus 2 hrs marinating


Serves 4 - 6
Light up the grill and throw on this Brazilian-inspired barbecued chicken with a piri-piri, paprika and coriander marinade

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal337
  • fat23g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre0g
  • protein26g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 900g boneless chicken thigh (skin-on if possible)
  • zest and juice 2 lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 tbsp paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 1 tbsp mild piri-piri sauce
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp coriander, finely chopped


  1. Place the chicken in a shallow, non-metallic dish and cover with all the other ingredients and mix everything together. Cover and chill for at least 2 hrs, or overnight if possible. Bring to room temperature 1 hr before grilling.

  2. Thread half the thighs onto 2 large metal skewers, or wooden ones soaked in water for 10 mins. Repeat with the remaining thighs and another 2 skewers. Heat an outdoor barbecue until very hot, or use an oven grill. Place on the grill for 6 mins on one side, then turn over and cook for 4 mins. Cook for a few mins more on each side if they are large – keep the heat on medium so they don’t burn. Remove and keep warm under foil.

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8th Feb, 2020
Just gorgeous! Did half of them under the grill froze the rest in the marinade. Didn’t use skewers as not barbecuing.
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16th Nov, 2018
It was good but nothing to write home about. Marinated the chicken overnight. If I try it again I make half bake them before grilling.
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9th Aug, 2016
Churrasco de frango :-)
20th Jun, 2016
Really tasty! I only had 3 hours to marinade the chicken and it was still great. I also put a couple of chorizo slices on the skewers and everyone loved it. I'll definitely be making this again!
6th Oct, 2015
I made this indoor on a grill pan. It was delicious!
10th Jul, 2015
I made this dish along with a few of the other recipes from the issue of the magazine with the Brazilian BBQ (roasted chilli prawns, caipirinhas with pineapple, corn with parmesan mayo) and it was such a success my friends all said that I ruined all future BBQs for them! My chicken had a full 24 hours in the fridge marinating and it was delicious; as were all of the other dishes! Will definitely be making this one again when I'm entertaining.
16th Jul, 2014
Full of flavour and a bit of heat. Just right for all the family, will definitely repeat this summer. Marinated my chicken all day and it was worth while
23rd Jun, 2014
Made this for a group of friends to watch the world cup, and everyone loved it. I only made about 10 skewers, and they were all gone in less than 5 minutes! I marinated them at 10pm and served them at 5pm the next day, so they were marinating for quite a while. The only down side is that they a few of them were a tiny bit dry, but I think that is because I left them on the grill for too long. Regardless, they were great! and will definitely make them for another cookout again!
21st Jun, 2014
This was a fantastic dish and so easy to do, wonderfully spicy and incredibly tasty. Put under the grill but will do it on the BBQ next time we have one. Served with rice and beans but think next time I'll do a crunchy salad!
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