Joana here - Farah Trading Co's official wine and food writer based in Leiria, Portugal! Today's Portuguese recipe is a classic dish in Portugal with African roots.
Piri piri peppers, a staple in Portugal, are originally from Africa. This dish reflects the Portuguese explorations throughout the world centuries ago, discovering new worlds and bringing back inspiration to create new forms of delicious food.
This is a dish that celebrates simplicity at the table, like most Portuguese cuisine. One of the great parts of it is also that it is a dish to share, it's something you can cook and eat together!
This specific recipe comes to us from one of our benchmark Douro Valley Wineries, Quinta do Tedo. Tedo is known for its incredible wine, Port wine and olive oil - but also it's incredible Duro Valley Bistro.
QUINTA DO TEDO'S FAMOUS PORTUGUESE PIRI PIRI CHICKEN
Joana Rute Carmo
A classic dish in Portugal with roots that go all the way back to Africa and its chili peppers, which are the base for the piri piri sauce. A dish that reflects all the Portuguese explorations throughout the world centuries ago, discovering new worlds and bringing back inspiration to create new forms of delicious food.
1 Whole Chicken
1 Red Bell Pepper
2-4 Chilli Peppers
2 Garlic Cloves
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
1 Handful of fresh coriander
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Char the pepper until blackened (more or less 10 minutes). Place in a bowl, cover and let sit until warm.
Remove the chard skin, the stem and the seeds. Purée in a blender with the other ingredients. Add more chilli or salt to taste.
Marinate the chicken in salt and lemon juice, garlic and some piri piri sauce for an hour or while preparing the BBQ.
Grill the chicken for 30-35 minutes covered.
When it's almost done brush with more piri piri sauce and cook for another 10 minutes without the lid.