Portuguese-style chicken with mash potatoes
Traditional Portuguese-style chicken, also called Piri Piri Chicken (or sometimes Peri Peri Chicken), is made with Piri Piri peppers which actually originated in South Africa, and were imported to Portugal from two Portuguese colonies, Angola and Mozambique, on spice ships.
This family friendly recipe makes a nice and spicy chicken dish with all the flavours of Portugal, without being piquant. The chicken is served on a bed of mash sweet potatoes to strike the perfect balance.
FOR THE CHICKEN
6 chicken thighs
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
½ teaspoon paprika
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon lemon rind, finely grated
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil and
FOR THE MASH
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cream
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
500g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3cm squares
Prepare all our ingredients.
Combine the pepper, chilli, paprika, garlic, rind, juice, vinegar and oil in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Add the chicken to the bowl; rub dressing all over the chicken and marinade for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water to 2 centimetres above potatoes. Bring to a boil over high; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain and return potatoes to saucepan. Add the butter, cream, salt and sugar and mash with potato masher to desired consistency.
Heat a BBQ or grill plate over medium-high heat and cook the chicken until cooked through.
Serve the chicken with the sweet potato mash.