Piri-piri chicken is a perfect dish for the slow cooker. A homemade spicy marinade cooks with chicken in this healthy version of an Portuguese classic.
I’m sitting in a cabana at the Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta facing the ocean as I type this. In less one week’s time I’ll be renewing my vows for my 5 year wedding anniversary. Don’t you love technology?!? I’m literally blogging from the beach! I knocked out a few healthy slow cooker recipes before I left for 2 main reasons 1) I want to look good in my bikini and everyone knows you can’t out exercise a bad diet and 2) I didn’t want to go completely silent from the blog while I’m on vacation. So, while I sip my passion-fruit margarita poolside, here you go.
Ok confession time – I have not been to Portugal. I don’t know anyone from there and I did not get this recipe from anyone I know. This is my best try at piri-piri. I make this frequently and it’s always a hit. This may not be a traditional piri-piri but it’s still damn good. Like most of my recipes you can use pretty much any cut of chicken whether it’s a whole chicken, legs, thighs, etc. Personally I think either a whole chicken or dark meat (legs or thighs) work best with this recipe. But that’s just me. White meat does work too! FYI – this recipe is spicy. By looking at the ingredients I think you can see that.
When it comes to the oil for the sauce, I recommend using extra-virgin olive oil.
- 2 lbs chicken
- 2 tsp ghee (optional)
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil, avocado oil or evoo
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp ginger
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- Optional step: Heat ghee in skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken & brown a few minutes each side. Remove from skillet and set aside.
- Place sliced onion in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add chicken on top.
- Mix together sauce ingredients.
- Pour sauce over chicken.
- Top with lemon slices.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6.