Piri Piri Chicken

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by disco, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am still working on learning to smoke in my WSM Mini. So, I decided to do a spatchcock Piri Piri Chicken.

    I started by mixing up a Piri Piri Sauce:

    Zest of one lemon

    45 ml (3 tablespoons) lemon juice

    6 cloves garlic, finely chopped

    15 ml (1 tbsp) piri piri spice

    You can get Piri Piri spice in specialty stores but I have used 1/2 the amount of crushed dried chilies as a substitute with good result.

    I spatchcocked a 2 1/2 pound frying chicken.

    Then I rubbed the Piri Piri over both sides of the chicken.

    I pushed some under the skin of the breasts and thighs and let it sit in the fridge for 4 hours.

    I heated up a chimney of lump charcoal and set up the Mini with some plum wood chunks. I got it to about 275 F and put the chicken on.

    I cooked it for a little under an hour to get the breast meat to 160 F.

    I wanted the skin a little crispier so I threw it on the Weber Grill on high for a couple of minutes.

    I cut it into serving pieces and She Who Must Be Obeyed made some coleslaw  and green salad.

    The Verdict: I thought this was perfect. The chicken is spicy with a nice lemon overtone. However, She Who Must Be Obeyed said there was too much garlic (she was wrong). Of course, I will use next garlic the next time I make it (even though she is wrong). Even with the garlic argument, this was a great success and will be made again. However, next time I will kick up the heat in the mini and might be able to get away without grilling for a crisper skin.

    Last edited: Jun 23, 2014
  2. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking meal my friend. Is it possible to use too much garlic?
  3. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Foam. I didn't think so but I was informed I was wrong. It is amazing how often that happens.
  4. uhmgood

    uhmgood Smoke Blower

    looks great disco . try this little trick I learned a long time ago , don't let " the one who must be obeyed " see how much garlic you put in , just tell her you used less . she will then tell you "how much better it is with less" LOL
  5. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yeah Disco.....I like that advice above. A magician never lets on how the trick is performed. I seriously thought there would be a complaint about the liberal use of crushed red pepper.....oh, wait...that's at my house
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking smoke Disco! It's been a while since I've done a spatched bird, or any chicken for that matter! I have two in the freezer so I think I'll pull one out tonight!

    Only question why throw it on the grill when you could've pulled the pot off the mini and thrown it cavemen style onto the coals or put the grate on and seared right on the smokey joe! That's the best thing about the mini its a one stop show!
  7. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice bird Disco.

    Yup, pull the pot and sear on the grill.
  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks! However, the plan, while brilliant won't work. She didn't know how much I'd used in the first place and just said there was too much garlic when I served it. Sigh.
    The crushed red pepper isn't as spicy as you think it would be when used as a marinade, just a nice heat.

  9. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Case. Great idea. I still have a lot to learn about the mini.
    Thanks, Adam! Will do.
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good to me?

    When I lost my wife, after a time I went into dating mode at an advanced age.

    First thing I would do was to take my potential victim for dinner at the local Basque restaurant.

    If the garlic was too much for her?  I knew to move on.  [​IMG]

    Good luck and good smoking.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2014
  11. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Real nice spatchy Disco, that had to be real tasty !
  12. thinblueduke

    thinblueduke Meat Mopper

    Well, ya learn something new every day.  Piripiri is a very common Japanese word that means spicy or prickly.  Until just now, I thought it was a native word, but turns out it comes from Africa.  My Japanese wife had no idea, either.

    Looks good, btw, and I too have a wife who doesn't care much for garlic, or any parts of the bird except for the breast.
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks! The missus actually likes garlic but thought this was too much so I guess I'll keep her around.
    I loved it and will make it again. Next time I'll try 4 cloves. There is a reason the missus is She Who Must Be Obeyed
    Thanks, Duke. I don't know the root of the word but Piri Piri chicken is a common Portugese dish. That is what inspired this recipe. 

    A Japanese wife could be a source of great food. I love the spice profiles and style of Japanese cooking. Too bad about not caring for garlic and chicken wings though. 
  14. Nice looking bird , I too have the same problem with the boss ,she must be part vampire because she don't like a lot of garlic either.
  15. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, James. I most likely have misled people about the missus. She likes garlic but, obviously, not as much as me.

    As for your boss, bring her along gently, it will be better for your health!

  16. Disco, this looks gorgeous!! From your blog posts and postings here, it is always a savory and sensational treat to read your stuff!!! Great job!!! Cheers! - Leah
  17. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks. Leah. Not as artistic as your efforts but very tasty.
  18. mtm29575

    mtm29575 Smoke Blower

    Great looking bird!  I've got to try this myself.
  19. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks great 
  20. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking chicken. Piri Piri is African brought back to Portugal from Mozambique & Angola ,originally colonies until the revolutions. The Portugese had a stake in India,China & Brazil as well so it's a really diverse cuisine when those things come back to the home country.

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