Boneless Peri Peri Chicken

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Serves 4-5

A twist to this awesome Peri Peri Chicken recipe, I have used boneless chicken in place of chicken quarters.  These delicious tender morsels can be enjoyed with any sides of your choice and the leftovers (if any) can be chopped up into small pieces and used as a topping for a Peri Peri Chicken Pizza or as a filling for sandwiches.

1 kg
boneless chicken breast, cut into cubes
birds-eye red chillis
(adjust spice level to your taste. 2 will be mildly spicy whilst 6 will be very spicy)
big red capsicum/bell pepper
juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp.
paprika powder
2 tsp.
1 tbsp.
1/2 tsp.
red chilli powder
1/2 cup
(vegetable or olive)
cloves of garlic
4 tbsp.
dark vinegar
1 tsp.
black pepper
1/4 tsp.
red or orange food coloring

First prepare the Peri Peri sauce.

This sauce is used for marinating the chicken and any leftover is normally cooked down and served as a dip.  I prefer making the sauce up to a day ahead of using as the flavors tend to develop with a bit of time.  So you can go ahead and prepare the sauce up to a day before you need to use it.

Blend all the ingredients of the sauce (all the ingredients above except for the chicken) until smooth, then pour into a container and refrigerate until needed.  You can make the sauce in bulk and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks and use as and when required.

Pour the prepared sauce over the chicken cubes.  Mix well, then cover and refrigerate.  Allow to marinate at least overnight or for up to 2 days.

When ready to cook, shake the excess marinade off the chicken cubes and thread them on skewers.  Grill the chicken on a bbq/charcoal grill (or under the broiler grill of your oven) for about 8-10 minutes per side, turning them over once they begin to char.

While the chicken is cooking, pour the remainder of the marinade/sauce into a small saucepan, add about half a cup of water and simmer until the sauce thickens and is cooked.  You can use this to brush the cooked chicken when it comes out of the oven or to serve on the side.

When the skewers of chicken are done (check by cutting a piece to make sure the chicken is fully cooked) brush them with the cooked marinade/sauce and keep them covered until time of serving.

If you did not bbq the chicken on a proper charcoal grill, you can at this point light a small coal, place it on a piece of foil and put it in the center of the dish holding the cooked chicken.  Drop some oil on the lit coal and cover the dish so that the smoke released from the coal gets absorbed into the chicken.  This will give your chicken a good bbq aroma.

Serve you delicious boneless Peri Peri chicken with fries, fresh salad and a cold drink.

Enjoy!  :)


a.s.a Please tell me the recipe of Tandoori Nights.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Sorry I do not know what that is.

what is dark vinegar?any substitute of it?

Hi Fauzia, which dark vinegar to use?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, I use artificial dark vinegar. Made from acetic acid.

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Salaams fauzia..
I have tried almost all recipies of urs..MashAllaah all of them are really tasty!
May Allah reward u for this.Aameen.
I had a doubt.
What does bird's eye red chili mean?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, thanks and Ameen! Best to google to see the image, they are medium length and red in colour, slender chillis.


hope you are well In Sha Allah
I made this chicken but it just had a strong garlic taste, I did the recipe exactly as stated.
please can you tell me why.

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W/Salaam, did you put only 5 cloves of garlic in there? It shouldn't taste very garlicky unless you used more?

Very interesting

AsalamoAlikum Fauzia,Masha Allah!!!! All your recipes are really good and have amazing taste, May Allah (SWT) bless you and your loved ones with the best of the best in this world and the hereafter.
I have 1 question,do i need to blend the bell pepper for the sauce?

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W/Salaam, thank you and yes. :)

This is a lovely recipe and one I will use time and again. Thank you Fauzia!

I tried this over the holiday weekend, and it was a hit!!!!Thank you for posting all these beautiful recipes and what I really appreciate is the tips you throw in. JazakAllah

Salam. This surely is one of the most amazing tasting chicken recipe, Alhumdulilah. Made it once, can't wait to make it again! JazakumAllah Khayran Kaseeran!


I would like to know how many degrees to grill in oven, pls?

Also, in microwave oven, how many watts and how many minutes, please?


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W/Salaam, 200 C in the oven. As for microwave, I never cook or bake in that so I would not know what time/temp to recommend.

Aoa .. How much chicken should i use for 8 to 10 ppl n wut will b the amount of spices in it ? Can i skip bird eye chilli n can i use normal vinegar instead of black vinegar ?

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As mentioned under the pic, the recipe serves 4-5 people. So for the number you want to serve, double the ingredients. You can skip the birds eye chilli and use regular fresh long red chillies. And yes normal vinegar is fine.

JazakAllah khair .. Ur recipes r perfect mashaAllah .. I tried many of them n they turned out perfect mashaAllah :)

Dear Faiza,
Love your concern is when I make kaimatis they soak up
The oil while frying. How can I stop this?
Can I make them using baking powder instead of yeast?
Please advice.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Could be that the oil isn't hot enough when you fry them. You need to make sure the hot is sufficiently heated so they do not soak too much oil. And no for this recipe I have never tried with baking powder.

Hi! I've been trying your chicken recipes for a while now and they all turn out to be amazing. Have an urgent query regarding the recipe above i.e. Boneless Peri Peri - can I cook it on a regular cast iron grill pan or on a tawa?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

H, thank you! Yes you can. :)

Can i use ready made peri peri sauce as i m not able to find red bird chilli and dark vinegar

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can although the results will not be exactly the same.