Piri piri marinade for barbecue chicken

Simple Piri Piri marinade spices up barbecued chicken.
Simple Piri Piri marinade spices up barbecued chicken. Photo: Marina Oliphant

This is a great, simple marinade for chicken on the barbecue. Wings and drumsticks are also easy, but I especially like to cook a small whole chicken, flattened on the barbecue. To do this, increase the cooking time to 25-30 minutes (for a 1kg chicken), and cover with a lid while it cooks.


2-3 large cloves garlic, peeled

Ground black pepper

4 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp dried chilli flakes

2 breast and 2 thigh chicken fillets

Juice of 1 lemon

Extra virgin olive oil



Roughly chop the garlic and combine with plenty of freshly ground pepper, olive oil and the chilli flakes.

Lightly score the skin of the chicken and rub the sauce into the flesh. Allow to marinate for 1-2 hours in the fridge.

Place the chicken, skin side down, on a hot, oiled barbecue grill. Cook for 10-12 minutes on both sides, seasoning with salt. The skin should be golden brown.

Remove to a serving dish, squeeze over the lemon juice and finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.