Scout Recipe: Piri Piri Chicken Skewers

Prep time
30 mins
Cook time
30 mins
Total time
1 hour
Author: Imma
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: African
Serves: 3-4

Piri Piri Sauce

african bites scout life peri sauce

Ingredients
  • 1-cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • ½ medium red pepper
  • 2-3 fresh jalapeno peppers, coarsely chopped, seeds removed
  • 6 fresh chili pepper or more coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt plus more to taste.
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • Juice of I medium sized lemon (adjust to taste)
  • 4 large basil leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • ¼ cup dark vinegar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Blend red pepper, jalapeno pepper, chilli pepper, garlic, basil , oregano, and onions in a food processor or blender. Add olive oil to facilitate blending. Then mix in smoked paprika, lemon juice black or white pepper and vinegar. Adjust for salt and seasoning. Refrigerate and use when ready

Piri Piri Chicken Skewers

african bites scout life peri peri chicken 2 Ingredients

  • 2-3 pound boneless skinless chicken thigh, trimmed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-teaspoon chicken bouillon (optional)
  • ¼ cup olive oil or more
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • ¼ medium red pepper
  • 1 fresh jalapeno peppers, coarsely chopped, seeds removed
  • 1 fresh chili pepper or more coarsely chopped (adjust to taste more or less)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • Juice of I medium sized lemon (adjust to taste)
  • 4-6 large basil leaves
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • ½ cup coconut milk (optional)
Instructions
  1. Soak the skewers for at least 60 minutes or more totally submerged in water before using it to prevent burns. You may skip this part if pan grilling.
  2. Blend red pepper, jalapeno pepper, chili pepper, garlic, basil, oregano, and onions in a food processor or blender. Add olive oil, coconut milk to facilitate blending. Then mix in smoked paprika, lemon juice black and or white pepper
  3. Refrigerate and use when ready. You may make this a day or more ahead of time.
  4. Trim chicken thighs of excess fat and pat dry with a cloth or paper napkin. Cut chicken thighs into 2-inch chunk.
  5. Season with salt, chicken bouillon and pepper or adobo seasoning mix. You can either marinate the chicken now or thread then marinate-about 4 pieces per skewer. Making sure the skewer is fully covered with chicken chunks.
  6. Place in a zip lock bag, or sealed containers and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  7. When ready to grill. Using tong remove excess marinates and reserve.
  8. Pre heat grill to medium- high heat.
  9. Place chicken over medium heat, and then brush with oil to prevent chicken from sticking. Grill for about 10 to 15 minutes, rotating from sides for even cooking. Keep an eye on it — if they are browning too quickly, turn the heat down.
  10. Grill in batches if you have a small grill. Transfer the skewers to a platter.
  11. In a small saucepan simmer the remaining peri peri marinade and the one from the chicken for about 7 minutes. Serve with chicken

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~African Bites

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