This recipe follows up last week’s recipe for piri piri sauce. Once you have that made, this dish is so simple to prepare, it is hardly a recipe at all! For virtually no work you will be rewarded with delicious, moist, subtly spiced chicken.
If you want to make your life even easier you can use a bottle of ready-made piri piri sauce and you’ll find plenty to choose from in your local supermarket. I’m generally not a fan of them though, with the notable exception of Quinta d’Avo Piri-Piri Hot Sauce which is worth buying if you can get hold of it.
If you are buying your chicken from a supermarket, it will probably be trussed. If so, cut and remove the string and open up the legs before marinating it. It will cook more evenly if the heat can circulate freely.
1 medium (1.2kg) chicken (detrussed!)
5 tablespoons home-made piri piri sauce (see recipe) OR 1 bottle (90g) of Quinta d’Avo Piri-Piri Hot Sauce
50g melted butter
Place the chicken in an oven-proof glass or ceramic roasting dish and pour over the piri piri sauce making sure all of the bird is covered. Cover in cling film and marinate in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.
Remove the cling film from the chicken. Melt the butter (in a bowl in a microwave) and pour it over the chicken. Cover tightly with foil, making sure the foil is not actually touching the chicken (otherwise it may scorch) and place it in the centre of the oven. Cook for 1 ½ hours, removing the foil for the last 15 minutes. Baste the chicken a couple of times during this last 15 minutes of cooking. Once the cooking time is up, remove the dish from the oven, cover it in foil and leave it to stand for 10 minutes.
When the 10 minutes is up, transfer the chicken to a large chopping board, being careful not to lose any precious juices. Pull all of the meat from the chicken and cut it into bite sized pieces. Place the chicken on a pre-heated platter and pour over all of the juices from the roasting dish.
This chicken is excellent served with all manner of things, such as baked potatoes, sweet corn, salad, pasta, rice or any crisp vegetables.