Spicy Portugese Roast Chicken with Sweet Peppers

Man, I love a good roast chicken.

There’s something so wonderful about bunging something in the oven, wandering off and coming back to a sumptuous meal, ready to be devoured.

This is a very easy take on Portugal’s Piri Piri chicken. It gives you the most gloriously tasty, pleasantly moist, and very moreish chicken.

Best of all; you probably already have the ingredients hanging around.

Yours will go black too, but don’t worry, it’s not burnt.

That’s just the epic marinade caramelising and getting even tastier. It looks black, but it doesn’t taste it.

Right, the success of this dish really depends on the quality of your ingredients; namely the chicken. Make sure you buy Free-Range* (corn fed if possible).

*If you’re in the US look for Pasture Raised.

You’ll need:

1 Chicken

4tsp Smoked paprika

2 dried Piri Piri chillies, chopped (or 4tsp dried chilli flakes if you can’t find them)

4 cloves Garlic

2 lemons, juice and rind

Small handful fresh coriander (cilantro for those in the US)

1tsp dried oregano

Olive oil


2 limes

1 fresh chilli

A few Chiquino peppers (small sweet peppers)

Pot of Greek yogurt

Handful of fresh coriander

Half a cucumber

First make your marinade. You can leave the chicken in it for anything between and hour and 24, it’s up to you.

Just pop your dried chilies, garlic, lemon, coriander, oregano, into a mini blender or pestle & mortar. Add about half a cup of olive oil and a really big pinch of salt. Beat the hell out of it, until you’re left with a smooth paste. You can always add a little extra olive oil if you think it’s too thick.

Grab your chicken. Halve your limes and your fresh chilli and shove them up its’ butt!

Slather the sauce all over it.

And leave to marinate, somewhere cool. Pop it into the fridge if you’re leaving it for more than an hour.

When you’re ready, pre-heat your oven to 190C/375F.

Put your chicken into a baking tray, making sure you have room for the peppers later.

Roast for an hour.

Chop the heads off your peppers and pull out the innards.

Place them around the chicken and roast again for another 30-45mins depending on the size of your beast.

While you’re waiting, blitz your cucumber, coriander and yogurt together with a squeeze of lemon. Put it to one side. This’ll be your cracking, cooling sauce to go with the hot & spicy chicken.

When it’s done, pull your roasted peppers out and arrange on your serving plate.

Spoon a little of the gravy over the top, so the whole thing glistens.

Lay it onto the plate with your peppers and take it to the table.

Pour your wine, get comfy and hand over the carving knife to someone else. You can relax and enjoy yourself now!

Watch as they break past the skin and reveal the bright white, and perfectly moist meat below.

Listen to them exclaim “Oh, it just falls of the bone!” and “wow, this smells unbelievable, quick pass me a plate!”

And don’t forget your sweet little roasted peppers. You’ll want a few of those!

I serve mine with my “Low Carb Mash“. Everyone I know actually prefers it to potatoes and it’s so much quicker to make!

Go on, knock up a Portugese Roast Chicken this week, or maybe even this weekend, and let me know how you get on.

The left overs (if you have any) will make some life-changing sandwiches!

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  • Wow this looks soooooo yummy!!!

    Beth x

  • Sheila

    YUM. I will definitely be making this. Thanks!
    xo, Sheila

  • Suzie

    Hey Rose,
    Do you think this would work just as nice with just chicken breasts?

    PS. How can you be so pretty AND so good in the kitchen? You’re like a man’s ideal perfect wife! Can just tell you’re going to be a great wife and mum! xxx

    • Tallulah

      Yes Suzie, both those qualities equate to an excellent wife and mum.

      • Suzie

        Kind, funny, generous, witty, a great cook, who loves her family and looks after her friends as though they were family? Yeah I think she’ll do great Tallulah. Take your bitterness back to your own life it’s not welcome here.

        • Suzie

          Ahh two Suzie’s! Awesome 🙂 I couldn’t have put it better! x

        • Tallulah

          “How can you be so pretty AND so good in the kitchen? You’re like a man’s
          ideal perfect wife! Can just tell you’re going to be a great wife and

          That’s what you said! Those are the words you said. Sorry for taking it as that.. My bitterness must be clouding my vision. Much like your lack of tolerance for others, is clouding yours.

          Gah. You fucking “girls”.

          • James

            Nice try Tallulah. Making it all about gender rather than you just being catty.

  • Wow this looks yummy!

    Rosie, I was wondering if you had any plans on doing a little post in the future on how you take your food photography? It’s always so beautiful, even when you’re in restaurants (and I’m guessing the lighting is bad?). And your food photos are always so artistically arranged. I know I always struggle with how to take good food photos and I’m sure everyone would appreciate any hints and tips you’ve picked up? =)


  • Hiral Mistry

    Chicken is the best! Have you ever tried cooking a chicken in a slow cooker? Life changing. Ill post the recipe sometime soon!


  • Drooool.

  • Laura

    This looks delish – like a classier Nandos! Thanks for the recipe 🙂


  • Yum! Nice summer update for the good old Sunday roast, definitely trying this at the weekend!


  • that looks SO nice and I’m now very hungry x


  • Samya


    I’m pescetarian so will be trying out this recipe with some tiger or king prawns, yum! Looks delish Rosie.

  • Colline

    Love this recipe, I will be trying this over the weekend. I’ve just finished baking your Chocablock triple chocolate loaf, I’ve just been called the best girlfriend in the world :). Thanks for sharing your fantastic recipes.

  • Vanessa

    That looks absolutely stunning and i would love to eat it!!!! NOW!! 🙂

    Cheers Vanessa


  • Man oh man. This is so NOT what I needed to see when I’m still an hour off my lunch break!!!

    I’ve never made a roast chicken before but I think I may have to start with this one…

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • I have to admit to not being a huge fan of roast chicken but good heavens you do make ’em look tasty. Think it’s time to rethink my tastes.

    Ellie http://www.untranslatedadventures.blogspot.co.uk

  • Nikki @ Road to Less Cake

    Oh my! This looks wonderful. I love a good roast chicken too.

  • I love chicken and sweet peppers…all your food look mouth watering! 🙂


  • You’ve got me drooling over my computer screen! Looks like quite the feast! And leftovers are always a winner in my book!


  • Abigail I WhateverWild

    This looks amazing!!!


  • I love those baby bell peppers! They’re so sweet and delicious and pretty.

  • saradujour

    That looks utterly marvelous! x

    Sara du Jour | http://www.saradujour.me

  • Rosie, this looks amazing! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try.
    xx – Kim


  • I always manage to burn to my roast chickens, I really don’t know how, I guess I just have bad chicken luck? This looks amazing Rosie! Would be super yum for a picnic!


  • Looks delish Rosie! Such a talented cook!



  • Looks amazing! Could you start doing posts about design, specifically table settings? Yours always looks so bright and chic.

  • Samantha Bei

    I love making a roasted chicken. It’s one of my go to recipes when I want something delicious but not up to slaving away in the kitchen. I’ll definitely have to give this version a try next time. It all looks so delicious!


  • I don’t eat meat but I appreciate the delicious meals you can make with it – this just looks like a showstopper !

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Queenie Lee

    Oh man,that looks so good! xx


  • CHG

    Yum! And I love your note about getting pasture raised chicken in the US 🙂 The one thing I love best about your blog is your compassion towards animals (even the ones that end up in your belly). May have to try this recipe out on one of our meat birds we raised!


  • andrealeighj

    I need that nowwwww!!! It looks amazing!


  • Guest

    Looks spicy, but nicey!

  • I don’t even eat chicken or meat at all but these foodie posts make me so hungry. Looks amazing Rose! xx


  • Kelsey Wilburn

    well this looks succulent and delish!

    ladies in navy

  • This looks absolutely incredible! I already have a tried and true roasted chicken recipe that I make often, but I think I’m going to cheat and try this one out! The photos are beautiful and it just looks mouthwatering. It’s also so cost effective to buy and roast a whole chicken; my hubby and I usually end up having leftovers for salads and sandwiches for the rest of the week! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Excellent recipe Rosie – good job!!



  • This looks delicious! I will definitely try this recipe! Thanks Rosie!


  • This looks so delicious!!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.


  • Katie Brigstock

    This looks amazing – we are one of those families who have a sunday roast every week without fail- even if its scorching weather outside, so it’s great to have a new idea of how to jazz up the usual roast!
    Katie x

  • I first got into Piri-Piri this year after countless trips to Nando’s… so tasty!

  • That looks absolutely delicious! 😀 Wouldn’t mind a taste.


  • Sophia Nicholls

    This looks fantastic – I must try it soon. I tried your rock salt roast chicken on sunday and that was delicious and simple. I do use a lot of your recipes, I honestly think you should release a recipe book and/or app! x

  • Yay! I have two freezers full of pasture raised chickens we did ourselves! Ive been running out of recipes. Looks so yummy, can’t wait, thanks!


  • You’re so right about free range chicken. Some of the normal stuff is chemical loaded! X


  • Daniela Caetano Dias

    Rosie, you have to visit Portugal: amazing landscapes, amazing beaches, amazing food, and of course -> amazingggg people! 😉

  • Alice

    This is not very portuguese… But it does look delicious.

  • This sounds seriously scrumptious; paired with roasted cauliflower, butternut squash and a few green veges = heaven, simply heaven!

  • arielle q.

    I will definitely have to give this little guy a go. and your pictures are always so vibrant and stunning!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Lisa Rose

    This chicken is in our oven right now, serving with roasted potatoes and green beans..smelling fabulous! Thank you Rose.

  • I was just thinking of what to make with some chicken I have in the fridge. This looks so amazing. I am totally trying it. Pinned!!

  • I am definitely going to try this Rose. Looks delicious.

  • Stephanie

    I genuinely think I could eat chicken everyday for the rest of my life and not be bothered! I LOVE chicken and this looks amazing!





  • Hummm…Looks delicious! You should try some Persian food. I am sure you’d love it 🙂

    Mahshid مهشید


  • PeonyandPeach

    Looks delicious! I’ll definitely be giving this a go at the weekend!


  • This looks amazing. Nandos, kiss Rosie’s ass!


    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • YH

    This looks amazing! I’m bookmarking this so I can make it sometime soon 🙂 Probably will serve it up with some mash or roast potatoes!

  • This looks amazing Rosie, I love a good roast chicken!
    Hugs xoxo

  • sarah

    Hi Rosie,
    I just popped my chicken in the oven and it looks (and smells!) delicious! However, I noticed a small mistake in your recipe. You list 4 tsp of smoked paprika on the ingredient list but never say when to use it. I’m pretty sure it’s meant to go in the sauce – mine was very green without it, but looked more like your photos once I added it. Just a head’s up! Thanks for the wonderful recipe, and have a great time in Paris 🙂

  • Sally May

    Rosie, I made this tonight with chicken thighs. Hubby loved it! I made your epic fish tacos earlier this week and asked him which he preferred. He said, “Ohhhhh, tough one!” Thank you so much for posting such fab recipes which are simple but soooo tasty. You are a godsend for rubbish cooks like me! I had my chicken, sweet peppers and yogurt sauce with plain boiled Thai jasmine rice (I am Asian) while my hubby had his with potato wedges (he’s English) so it’s a perfect dish as it suits both of our respective cultural palates! Score!!

  • Sally May

    Rosie, I made this tonight with chicken thighs. Hubby loved it! I made your epic fish tacos earlier this week and asked him which he preferred. He said, “Ohhhhh, tough one!” Thank you so much for posting such fab recipes which are simple but soooo tasty. You are a godsend for rubbish cooks like me! I had my chicken, sweet peppers and yogurt sauce with plain boiled Thai jasmine rice (I am Asian) while my hubby had his with potato wedges (he’s English) so it’s a perfect dish as it suits both of our respective cultural palates! Score!!

  • Oh … Portuguese food is the best ! I can assure you ! Do you know another portuguese tasty food? I can give you some tips 🙂

    Alana & Kyra