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Portuguese Piri Piri Chicken

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  • Yields: 12 Servings
  • Cook time: 8–10 minutes
  • Prep time: 20 minutes


  • 12 wooden skewers, soaked for at least 20 minutes in water
  • ½ yellow onion
  • ½ large red pepper, seeded
  • ½ fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded (use a full pepper if you like more spice)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-1½ -inch chunks (about 60 pieces total)
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil or cilantro, for garnish


  1. Place the onion, red and jalapeno peppers, smoked paprika, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, olive oil and coconut milk in a high-speed blender. Puree until mostly smooth.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and toss with the marinade in a Glad® zipper bag. Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.
  3. When ready to grill, build a charcoal fire on an outdoor grill for both direct and indirect cooking using Kingsford® Charcoal by situating the coals on only one side of the grill, leaving the other side void. Preheat to 450°F, and brush grate with oil.
  4. Thread chicken onto skewers, shaking marinade off back into the bag or bowl. Use about 5 pieces for each one. Place on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 8–10 minutes. Remove chicken and transfer to a serving platter. Serve with rice and garnish with fresh basil or cilantro. Enjoy!

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

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