Portuguese Chicken & Crispy Potatoes

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In

"This is a recipe I found on afamilyfeastdotcom via yummlydotcom. This is a blog site for a married couple that have the love of food and photography, and he used to work in the food industry and got several recipes from his staff of 3 sisters that were from Portugal. They state it is difficult to find piri-piri peppers here in the USA, so they sub Dried Ancho Chilies-re hydrated, and this is low level for spiciness, so add more if you like it really spicy. They state that this chicken is known as "Piri Piri Chicken""

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (637.7 g)
  • Calories 720.3
  • Total Fat - 28.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 819.3 mg
  • Sodium - 2323.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 42.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.9 g
  • Sugars - 4.3 g
  • Protein - 71.9 g
  • Calcium - 166.1 mg
  • Iron - 11.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 32.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425F

Step 2

Rehydrate dried chilies in small pot of boiling water on the stove for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Butterfly chicken: Rinse inside and out, removing innards. Pat dry. Place on a cutting board, breast down. Using sharp kitchen scissors, cut along both sides of the spine, remove and discard. Turn the chicken over, and placing your hand on the breast bone, press down hard with the palm of your hand, to flatten.

Step 4

Make the marinade by blending the marinate ingredients into a paste with a blender or food processor.

Step 5

Brush a layer of marinade on the bottom of your baking pan.

Step 6

Place the thinly sliced potatoes on top of the marinade and sprinkle with a generous pinch of kosher salt.

Step 7

Brush all sides and crevasses of the chicken with the marinade, coating fairly heavily. (You will add more marinade during cooking, so be sure to save the remaining.)

Step 8

Place chicken, skin side down on the potatoes and place in the oven.

Step 9

Turn chicken over after 15 minutes, and place back in the oven. After 10-15 minutes, brush more marinade all over the chicken on the skin side, really lathering it up. Return to the oven and bake until cooked through another 15-20 minutes, or until leg/ thigh reaches internal temperature of 180 F. To crisp the skin and get it deeply brown, broil for a few minutes. A little char is good here.

Step 10

Remove chicken when done and let rest 5-10 minutes before serving.

Step 11

While chicken is roasting, combine Cilantro Sauce ingredients together, either in a bowl- mixing by hand, or in a food processor.

Step 12

Serve cilantro sauce on the side.

Step 13

Cut chicken into pieces and serve.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.