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Nando’s Piri Piri Chicken (Healthy Portuguese Copycat Recipe)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 593kcal



  • First of all make the marinade. Put to one side the white wine, lemon, the garlic, ½ the olive oil and the onion. Everything else needs to go in a large mixing bowl. Mix it altogether really well and mix in your chicken. Have it so that your marinade is fully covering each of the chicken pieces. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The longer you leave it the spicier it will get!
  • In a casserole dish place your onion, the rest of the olive oil, the garlic and your marinated chicken. Pour the wine and the lemon over and mix well with your hands. This will give your chicken a thinner sauce and will help it cook better.
  • Cook for an hour on a 200c heat and then serve. I recommend serving it with some barbeque sauce for the ultimate takeaway experience.


In Portugal you will probably get a whole chicken chopped up and everyone fighting over the thighs and breasts. But to make this fair I have done this recipe based upon chicken drumsticks, but you can alter it to suit.
To cook it less spicy (like the Portuguese do) instead of a marinade use a cooking brush to brush the marinade over the skin and bake without soaking in seasoning and this will give it a lot less of a spicy hit.
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Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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