swahili pepper pepper peri peri piri chicken Chicken Piri Piri is a dish made popular by Nandos Restaurants all over the world. Although Nandos has its origin in south Africa with a Portuguese-Mozambican flair ; Piri Piri (Swahili for pepper pepper) is actually a kind of chilli  grown in Nigeria and several other African countries.  Recipes for the sauce vary across the board, here is my delicious version;


  • 1/2 cup fresh basil or coriander (Cilantro)
  • ½ large onion (chopped)
  • 1/2  red bell pepper (chopped)
  •  4 cloves of garlic
  • 4  fresh Peri Peri  peppers ( substitute any small chili)
  • 1 tablespoon  paprika powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt – to taste
  • 4 stock cubes (bouillon)


Combine all the ingredients in a blender, puree to a smooth paste.

  • swahili pepper pepper peri peri piri chicken To Make Chicken Periperi


  • 12 raw chicken pieces
  • 1/2 cup periperi sauce


  • Thoroughly combine chicken and sauce. marinate for 8 – 24 hours.
  • Grill or bake at 400f until cooked through (30-35 minutes)

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