Peri Bites/Poppers

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Makes 10-14 poppers

Delicious spicy jalapenos filled with chicken, cheese and potato, coated in breadcrumbs for a fantastic crispy crunchy finish. The filling for these can be any myriad of combinations, whatever you want can work beautifully...cream cheese, beef/lamb mince, mashed potatoes...etc. An amazing appetiser! 

jalapenos, or any huge chilies
chicken breast, cut into cubes
(cooked and shredded)
2 tbsp
2 tbsp
shredded cheddar or mozzarella
pinch of salt and peppe
1 tsp
lemon juice
small potato (cubed and boiled, then mashed
Extra Ingredients
1/2 cup
(mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper)
(beaten with 2 tsp water)
1/2 cup

Wash and slit open the jalapenos, or any huge chilies. Remove the strings and seeds from inside carefully, then rinse them out and set aside.

Mix the cooked shredded chicken with the rest of the filling ingredients and stir until combined. Stuff this mixture carefully into the chillies. Put the stuffed poppers on a plate and pop them into the freezer for half an hour.

Prepare 3 plates. One with the flour seasoned with some salt and pepper, second with the beaten eggs, and third with the breadcrumbs.

Dip the slightly frozen chilies first in the flour, then the egg, then the crumbs. You can repeat dipping in egg and crumbs for a thicker and crispier coating. Fry on medium heat until golden and crisp. Remove on to some kitchen towels to drain excess oil. Serve with ketchup, chili sauce or any dip of your choice.

Enjoy! :)


Fauzia, we have to use White flour(Maida) for coating right?

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Yes that is correct Nida.

Can this be baked?

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Yes you can bake these.

how v cut the chillies from top or from side?

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Slit from the side so the shape is maintained.

AOA. Can i make and freeze them for a longer time and fry after a day or two?

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W/Salaam, these are best served fresh.

hi fouzia!!! want to say thank u for such a wonderful receipe,,i tried to find peri peri bites receipes in past but couldn't,,this one taste very close to nando's peri bites,,this time i tried same as above ,,but for the next time i am thinking to deduct patatoes,as i didn't like the taste of it,and will add cream cheese in it,,want to know ur opinion? thanks once again:)stay blessed!!

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Hi and thanks! Yes you can add cream cheese if you like and omit the potatoes, it would be great!

Hi fauzia!thankx 4 da gud recipe! Wanted to ask that instead of chillies can we use sumthin else? what else can we use?

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Hi, you can use slender capsicum.

Salam fauzia wt f i dnt hve cheese n mayonaise in hand n i wnt to try dis fo dinner cn i omit dem? Wl it taste nyc? Tx

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W/Salaam, yes they will still taste good.

Tx fo a quick reply dia,i med dem dey wa superb my husbnd loved dem soooo much he evn sed he thanks you alooot fo teaching pple lyk us,tx agn sis may God bless u inshlh

A.a fauzia inshlh u r doing good,i med these twice n dey turned out perfect hamdlh bt m experiencng this problm twice nw wen i fry dem dey do not look gd lyk uaz its lyk da bread crumb coating z falling out frm da poppers ngets alot of oil bt da taste z gud wea cn i hv gone wrong??pliz insist i wnt 2gve dem a third try wd no fail:'( shukran may Allah reward u inshlh amiin

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W/Salaam, make sure the peppers are at room temperature when frying, when fried cold they tend to absorb more oil. Also keep the heat on medium, not too high and not too low.

If you were to bake this what temperature would it be and for how long

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Never tried baking these but I would estimate around 180 C for about 15 minutes or until golden and crisp.

assalamualaikum.Hope u r fine.I have tried so many of ur recipes which always gives good results.Jazakallahu hyre.
I have a doubt that how much does 1 chicken breast weighs?

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W/Salaam, depends. If the chicken is big the breast could weigh up to 300gm or more. But an average one would be around 200-250gm.

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Aslam I alaikum
One word I ll say for your reciepes and the way of teaching is ZABRDAST.
Need to know which sauce will suits peri bites ?
And plz give us peri peri sauces reciepes too.

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W/Salaam, thank you so much! You can serve this with ketchup or mix mayonnaise with ketchup and add spice or hot sauce to it. Please type peri peri in the search bar to get my nandos style peri peri chicken can make the sauce in that recipe and then cook it down and use as a dip. :)


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Hi, yes you can.

Salaam Fauzi
Can we freeze these peri bites. If yes Whats their fridge and freezer life.
What's the procedure to freeze them. Thanks

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W/Salaam, sorry have never tried freezing these.

Is there any alternative for the cheese?

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It gives the best flavour for these.

I will going to try ur recipie .IA. But just wanted to know u didnt any sauce specialky peri peri sause in filling? I heard thats the sauce which gives it zing . Thanks

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Yes that is a great addition, you can most definitely include that to this dish. :)