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Oven, Skillet, or Grill Piri Piri Chicken {Freezer Friendly}

Piri Piri Chicken or also known as Peri Peri Chicken is now a quick weeknight dinner with this freezer-friendly, Portuguese chicken recipe! Prep is as simple as blend the sauce and add chicken! No need to marinate or for basting the chicken. Use whichever cut of chicken you like, and even cook it either in the oven, in a skillet, or on your grill!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 414kcal


  • 12-16 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 12 oz jar fire roasted red peppers drained
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 small red onion quartered
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Thai red chili peppers more or less to preference (or sub 1/2 tsp red chili flakes)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar


  • Add everything, except the chicken into a blender, to make the peri peri sauce. Blend until smooth. This should take less than a minute (depending on how powerful your blender is).
  • Place chicken and sauce into a freezer-safe zip bag. Label and freeze up to 6 months.
  • On cook day, ensure the freezer pack is thawed, but don’t leave it sitting for long at room temperature.
  • To bake in the oven: remove as much excess sauce from the chicken as possible and place it on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes at 400F, flipping halfway. Ensure chicken is cooked to 165F.
  • To grill, remove as much excess sauce from the chicken as possible. Grill at 400F for 10 minutes, turning chicken halfway through. Ensure chicken is cooked to 165F.
  • In the Skillet, heat olive oil on medium-high heat. Remove as much excess sauce as possible. Cook chicken for 5 minutes. Deglaze the skillet and remove the brown bits (they will burn if you don't). Flip and cook for another 2-5 minutes until cooked to 165F.


Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 17g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g