Delicious, tender, char grilled, Peri Peri chicken. The avo lime mayo is a zesty accompaniment and great for dipping with sweet potato chips. Peri Peri, Swahili for "pepper pepper", is Portuguese in origin and prevalent in eastern African cooking. In this version I use chilli powder so I can adjust for desired spiciness based on who I am cooking for.
Ingredients 3 chicken breasts
For the Peri Peri marinade 1 tbsp sweet paprika
1 tsp dried chilli (see Tips)
4 cloves garlic, finely crushed (exclude for low FODMAP)
3 cm ginger, finely grated
1 lemon, juiced and finely zested
1/2 tbsp oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the Avo Lime Mayo 1 avocado
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 clove garlic, crushed (exclude for low FODMAP)
1/2 cup coriander, finely cut
4 tbsp mayonnaise (or Dijon mustard if egg free) (optional)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
Salt and pepper
To serve 1 medium sweet potato, cut into chips
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp salt
Salad, to serve
Cooked rice (optional)
1 lemon, sliced into wedges
Birdseye chilli, finely sliced
Mix the Peri Peri marinade ingredients in a bowl.
Cut the chicken breast into 2-3 portions and make 1/2 cm cuts at 45 degree angles.
Combine the chicken and marinade, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 8 hours.
Marinating is essential to keep the chicken moist when grilling
In a bowl, combine all of the avo lime mayo ingredients, except the coriander, with a fork until smooth. Cover and refrigerate. Mix the coriander in when ready to serve.
Make the mayo when making the marinade to develop the flavours
When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 220 degrees and line one baking dish with baking paper.
Place the sweet potato on the baking tray, add oil, cayenne pepper, salt and toss to combine. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until golden.
After the sweet potato has been in the oven for 15 minutes preheat a grill pan on high for 2-3 minutes until extremely hot. Alternatively preheat a barbecue grill.
Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 4 minutes each side. Turn the grill to low and cover with a lid for 2-3 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
Grill to sear the chicken and cover for tender cooked chicken
Serve the chicken with sweet potato chips, avo chilli mayo, lemon wedges, salad and rice. Enjoy.
For a mild marinade start with 1/8 tsp and increase to taste. Add more chilli for a spicy marinade.