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Piri Piri Chicken (She Who Must Be Obeyed Was Wrong)

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It was time to try a favourite in the smoker, Piri Piri Chicken.

I made a Piri Piri Sauce with:

Zest of one lemon
45 ml (3 tablespoons) lemon juice
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
15 ml (1 tbsp) piri piri spice

Piri Piri spice can be found in specialty stores but you can use 7 ml (1/2 Tbsp) dried crushed chilies instead.

Piri Piri Chicken

I spatchcocked a 2 1/2 pound frying chicken. See this link to find out about spatchcocking. It is just cutting out the backbone and breast bone so that the chicken lies flat.

I rubbed the sauce on both sides of the chicken and rubbed some under the breast and thigh skin.

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I heated my smoker to 275 F using some plum wood smoke and put the chicken on. I cooked it until the breast meat internal temperature was 160 F.

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I put the chicken on my Weber Grill over high heat to crisp it a bit. Then I cut it into serving size pieces.

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She Who Must Be Obeyed (SWMBO) made coleslaw and a green salad.

The Verdict: This was great. Nice and spicy, earthy garlic and a nice lemon freshness.

However, SWMBO said there was too much garlic (she was wrong). Of course I will make it with less garlic next time (even though SWMBO is wrong). Despite the disagreement, we will be making this again.

The Old Fat Guy

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4 Responses

  1. I LOVE Piri Piri Chicken and have been meaning to make it! Never thought to do it in a smoker (I just fiddle with my grill for indirect heat coz Santa has been mean to me and hasn’t bought me a smoker for like the last 12 years!!) but it looks marvelous!!

    Tell SWMBO that I said you’re a genius!!


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