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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Shirley Valentine's picture
Shirley Valentine
22nd Sep, 2015
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.
16th Sep, 2013
This was lovely. I think I might add chorizo to the rice next time too.
24th Aug, 2013
It would be great if I could print it off, whats wrong with this website?
14th Jul, 2013
Easy to make and it tastes very good. I agree the rice needs a "little kick".
19th Apr, 2013
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.
21st Mar, 2013
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
19th Mar, 2013
Did the piri piri chicken but served with yellow pepper rice. Quick and easy mid-week meal.
15th Mar, 2013
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
9th Mar, 2013
Thank you hannahd. Got one from tesco a nandos medium marinade. Has lemon in not lime. Try tonight.
8th Mar, 2013
you can get the piri piri marinade from most supermarkets. there is a nandos version, which you can get in differing spiciness!


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