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Piri Piri Chicken out of the oven and garnished with lemon wedges.

Piri Piri Chicken (Nando's Chicken)

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WW Freestyle: 10
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Marinating Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
This easy Portuguese Grilled Piri Piri Chicken is made in the oven and is so good! Also called "Nando's Chicken" after the restaurant that makes this dish, this chicken legs recipe will definitely have people asking for seconds - and thirds!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Portuguese
Servings: 4
Calories: 143


  • 4 whole chicken legs, (thighs and drumsticks attached) skin-on, bone-in

Marinade for Chicken

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Piri Piri Sauce

  • 2 to 3 red Thai chilies, you can use more if you like a spicier dish
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • juice of one whole lemon
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons sweet or smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • lemon wedges, for serving


  • Place chicken in a roasting pan and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together lemon juice and garlic.
  • Pour the lemon mixture over the chicken and coat all around.
  • Season chicken with salt; cover and let sit on the kitchen counter for 30 to 60 minutes.
  • In the meantime, chop the chillies and garlic; add to a blender or food processor.
    NOTE: I advise to wear gloves when working with chilies.
  • Add in lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until blended.
  • Add paprika and oil; process until smooth and completely combined.
  • Taste for seasonings and add more chilies, or salt and pepper, if you want. You can also add a little bit of sugar to add a bit of sweetness to the sauce.
  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Roast previously prepared chicken for about 32 to 35 minutes, or until cooked through. Baste with its juices half way through cooking. Chicken is done when internal temperature reaches 165˚F. Use an instant read thermometer for accuracy.
  • In the meantime, preheat a griddle pan to medium-hot.
  • Remove chicken from oven and brush on prepared Piri Piri Sauce all over. Save some sauce for serving.
  • Add chicken pieces to hot griddle pan and cook for 2 minutes, or until browned and starting to char.
  • Flip chicken over and continue to cook for 2 minutes, or until browned on opposite side.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve with lemon wedges and remaining Piri Piri sauce.


Nutrition Facts
Piri Piri Chicken (Nando's Chicken)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 1167mg49%
Potassium 119mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 707IU14%
Vitamin C 38mg46%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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