Piri-piri chicken with spicy rice

Piri-piri chicken with spicy rice

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(15 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

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 2 peppers, any colour, deseeded and finely chopped



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

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

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    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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15th Nov, 2018
Wasn't keen on the rice or the chicken. Chicken was dry and rice was quite bitter. We added cold natural yoghurt to the rice to help but didn't make much of a difference. Chicken also didn't really compliment the rice. Quite disappointing!
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Owen G
15th Feb, 2018
Added chorizo and chilli's to the rice - really nice
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27th Nov, 2017
Tasted awesome! Didn't take long at all, I used a Nando's medium piri-piri spice rub from Tescos, whihc doesn't need to be marinated, popped a drizzle of oil on and straight into the oven for 40 mins (came out a wee bit dry so maybe 30 mins next time? or more oil??) I added some medium heat chilli powder into the rice as well as the smoked paprika (tablespoon each) and I had replaced the peppers with plum tomatoes. Added some natural yogurt and chilli flakes onto the finished dish and it was lovely!
17th Apr, 2017
I made this with the Hairy Bikers' piri piri marinade. The chicken was great, but the rice needed a good deal more paprika and some chilli flakes.
Jane Hughes
3rd Jan, 2016
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.
2nd Sep, 2015
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
27th Oct, 2014
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,
31st Jan, 2014
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.
20th Sep, 2013
This seems to be more assembly than cooking. How about explaining how to make Piri Piri sauce?
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Shirley Valentine
22nd Sep, 2015
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).


30th Aug, 2014
How do you make the marinade for this?
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Shirley Valentine
23rd Sep, 2015
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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