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Nostalgic Piri Piri Chicken

A simple looking lunch as a relief from yesterday's schenanigans

A simple looking lunch as a relief from yesterday’s schenanigans

What an eventful week. After such an elaborate sushi making session, it’s good to wind down. As the rice was fresh for sushi, I prepared onigiri yesterday in advance. The fillings were kombu no tsukudani, smoked salmon & wasabi or anchovy & spring onion – “cupboard store” items (or left overs in the case of the salmon). Simple accompaniments also: soft boiled egg, tomatoes and runner beans goma-ae.

The BBQ chicken was a leftover from dinner – the supreme (leg and thigh) was placed with smoking fragrant wood to give a subtly smoked taste. In addition, the cooked meat stripped from the bone was mixed in a home made piri piri sauce as I wanted to use up a half a lime before it went off. My piri piri sauce recipe is not set in stone, but this time round the tweaked additions gave a hit of nostalgia: it reminded me of a chicken burger chain in Australia before they mixed their sauce with mayonnaise. As I’m one to not measure unless pastry cooking, here is roughly the recipe at the time:

(An unsual) Piri Piri Sauce

The amounts were not measured at the time as things were tweaked according to flavour.

"And here is one I made earlier"

“And here is one I made earlier”

  • Lime juice (of 1 lime)
  • Lime rind (of 1 lime; use the rind plate from a grater or the finest)
  • Rice vinegar (approx. 2/3T)
  • Good cold pressed virgin olive oil (approx. 3T)
  • Dried oregano (but I recommend a mix of diced fresh with dry)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Grated/minced garlic (not too much! Approx. 1-2 cloves depending on size)
  • Grated ginger and juice (approx. 1-1 1/2T)
  • Korean chilli flakes (approx. 2T)
  • Smoked paprika (approx. 1/3T)
  • (Normal) paprika (approx. 2/3T)
  • Cayenne pepper (to taste)

Combine the ingredients and mix thoroughly – you can use a jar and shake vigorously to combine. I would keep this for about 1-2 weeks due to the amounts of oil and ‘acids’ used.

Though later on in the afternoon I tried making another larger batch (photo) but it didn’t quite have the same impact.. Oh well, might need to go the whole ‘chicken’ and replicate the whole burger too!


I highly recommend you make the piri piri sauce in advance so the flavours have the opportunity to intermingle and mature. Also, you can use a lemon if you want to be closer to emulating the sauce of a certain Australian piri piri burger chain.

*Edit: I’ve added approximate measurements from the last time I made it

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